After a short introduction by Mr. Daou—“She wants to meet you and get to know you as well,” he said—Mrs. Clinton took the microphone, which promptly went dead.
She jokingly whispered, “Vast right-wing conspiracy.”
After 45 minutes of speech and a question-and-answer session, Mrs. Clinton wrapped up with the thinly veiled exhortation to “reach out to people who don’t already agree with us.”
It all went smoothly enough until the debate.
Mr. Edwards, as is his tendency, challenged the Democratic candidates to promise not to take “a dime from Washington lobbyists.”
Mrs. Clinton did not accept his proposal.
“Well, I think it’s a position that John certainly has taken,” she said, prompting some guffaws. “Well, I have to say that I don’t, I don’t think based on my 35 years in fighting for what I believe in, anybody seriously believes I’m going to be influenced by a lobbyist or a particular interest group.”
After that, things went south.
Outside the ballroom doors after the debate, Mr. Daou remained, mounting a defense of Mrs. Clinton to a skeptical-looking blogger with long hair.
Asked immediately afterward by an old-media reporter how he thought her appearance at the convention had gone, he said, “From my perspective, the senator had a good time and talked about a lot of important things. A progressive community serves as a natural audience for her in the sense she’s saying, ‘Look, you guys are using the Internet and using technology to do it, and it’s just a great thing.’ And she’s embracing it. She has been reaching out and she will continue to do so.”