Bill Clinton Speech Bingo

Guessing how long his speech will go.

BOSTON—At 10:36 p.m. ET, Hillary Clinton introduced her husband to the Democratic National Convention. Bill Clinton had been allocated 20 minutes to speak. How long would he really take? Chatterbox decided to poll the journalists sitting and standing near him in Boston’s FleetCenter. Here were their predictions:

Jason Zengerle, the New Republic: 26 minutes.

Noam Scheiber, the New Republic: 29 minutes.

Amy Sullivan, Washington Monthly: 22 minutes.

Eric Alterman, The Nation: 35 minutes.

Dan Kennedy, the Boston Phoenix: 41 minutes.


William Saletan, Slate: 29 minutes.

Chris Suellentrop, Slate: 43 minutes.

Steven Waldman, Beliefnet: 59 minutes.

Jonathan Cohn, the New Republic: 37 minutes.

Josh Marshall, TalkingPointsMemo: 45 minutes.

Hendrik Hertzberg, The New Yorker: 31 minutes.

Mark Whittaker, Newsweek: 35 minutes.

David Corn, The Nation: 24.37 minutes.

Victor Navasky, The Nation: 20 minutes.

Harold Meyerson, the Washington Post: 43 minutes.

Mickey Kaus, “Kausfiles”: 45 minutes.

Dahlia Lithwick, Slate: 35 minutes.

Tom Watson, Newsweek: 35 minutes.

Melinda Henneberger, Newsweek: 45 minutes.

Dierdre Depke, Newsweek: 33 minutes.

Thomas Schaller, Gadflyer: 33 minutes.

And our winner is: David Corn, The Nation. Honorable mention to Jason Zengerle, the New Republic.