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PEMBROKE, N.H., Jan. 17 — With nearly all of the other Democratic candidates racing across Iowa in the final hours before that state's caucuses, this was the only show in New Hampshire, where the first primary in the nation is only 10 days away. More than 1,800 people, including a flotilla of former Clinton administration officials, Hollywood headliners and former senators, jammed into a high school gymnasium here on Saturday to cheer Gen. Wesley K. Clark.

Michael Moore, the filmmaker and author, whipped the crowd into a frenzy with barbs at President Bush and praise for General Clark, who Mr. Moore conceded was an unusual candidate for him to be supporting.

An impressive gathering. While I could only see Clark and Moore clearly from where I stood there was a certain attractive upscale twitchy something to the audience. And you had to love the Kucinich "Partridge Family" bus parked just outside the school.

Moore gave a STRONG endorsement to Clark, and managed to contain his usual, umm, "personality". Clark took the war and patriotism themes handed him and ran and nailed Bush to the wall. It was something and stood in marked contrast to the muted Dean rally I attended a few days earlier.

The 1800 number seems a little high, but given the number of luminaries on stage including the Hollywood people (I couldn't see any) a little hyperbole is okay.

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