You are Democrats, you deserve to be treated like kings and queens,” said Willie Brown, the flamboyant Speaker of the California Assembly. True to form, Brown then unfurled a royal welcome for more than 10,000 convention delegates and guests in San Francisco, with music by Jefferson Starship, comedy by Robin Williams and a huge replica of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Brown’s fete was only one of hundreds of Democratic blowouts. Tip O’Neill hosted one, so did Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Melvin Belli, TIME, Newsweek and almost everybody in between. Even fired-and-rehired party chairman Charles Manatt felt jolly enough to throw a party. San Francisco Mayor Dianne Feinstein got 72 invitations in a single day. Washington Post Board Chairman Katharine Graham summed up the rampant conviviality: “The convention is over except for the Lance flap. The parties are what are important now.”