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Three Convention Moments That Made News (And One That Attracted Palin's Attention) Before Any Candidates Took the Stage

 
 
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If you missed the convention last night, here are a few highlights that lit up the Twitterverse and made news on the networks, even before the Vice President and President took to the podium in primetime.

1-First, of course, there was Gabby Giffords' reciting of the pledge of allegiance, which had pretty much every pundit from FOX news to MSNBC choking up. Gabby is inspirational, agrees just about everyone. Too bad there was so little discussion of gun control, but that's another story.

2-Former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm's speech was a big highlight of the night, as much for her outsize gestures and wild enthusiasm as her content focusing on all the jobs she said were saved by the auto bailout. She had one of the night's funniest lines: “In Mitt Romney’s world, the cars get the elevator and the workers get the shaft.” Boom. Animated .gifs of her performance began to circulate shortly after she finished.

3-Then there was John Kerry,who delivered an impassioned, biting takedown of his fellow Massachusetts politician and a defense of Barack Obama's leadership in the world. He was more personable and strong than many of us have seen him in a long time, which was why he got the chattering classes chattering even harder. Could he be auditioning for Secretary of State, they asked?

The most amusing part to this particular television-watcher? He turned the "flip-flopping" accusations that helped weaken his own campaign on their heads:

 

It isn’t fair to say Mitt Romney doesn’t have a position on Afghanistan. He has every position. He was against setting a date for withdrawal - then he said it was right - and then he left the impression that maybe it was wrong to leave this soon. He said it was ‘‘tragic’’ to leave Iraq, and then he said it was fine. He said we should’ve intervened in Libya sooner. Then he ran down a hallway to duck reporters’ questions. Then he said the intervention was too aggressive. Then he said the world was a ‘‘better place’’ because the intervention succeeded. Talk about being for it before you were against it!

He also made some Osama Bin Laden jokes and took a potshot at Sarah Palin for her age-old "I can see Russia from my porch" claim. She got mad.
 
Now you're caught up on some of the big moments from before the president and VP took the stage, and can join that water-cooler chat with confidence. Videos below.
 

Granholm:

Kerry:

Giffords:

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at September 7, 2012, 6:08am

 
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