There were lines outside the big tent where Bill Clinton spoke an hour before he was set to begin.
Even the term "big tent"—a banner advanced by Ronald Reagan—is dismissed as code for “squishes” or closet liberals.
But the World Vision scandal is just the latest indication that the “big tent” of Cold War evangelicalism has collapsed.
Once upon a time, the Democratic Party was a big tent—a big, ugly, tent.
Burning down the big tent causes long-term electoral problems, especially in a country that is increasingly diverse, not less.
After the song, Rashid and Hamid rolled themselves up in warm blankets in a corner of the big tent and were soon asleep.
His reflection upon the big tent, however, was the fly in my ointment.
Both Wyn and Mrs. Havel–the bravest of the seven gathered in the big tent–were frightened by this awful shock.
“I am to meet a friend at the big tent,” I stiffly explained.
Breakfast was served to the circus folk in the big tent, which had been put up in advance.