Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm’s speech on Thursday night at the Democratic National Convention was by far one of the most popular speeches of the evening from within the arena. The crowd roared their approval as she delivered an enthusiastic defense of Barack Obama’s action to save the auto industry, and a scathing indictment of Mitt Romney.

People sitting around me in the stadium literally flew out of their chairs when she delivered this line in particular:

“In Romney’s world, the cars get the elevator and the workers get the shaft!”

Her speech zeroed in on Romney’s focus on the bottom line and disregard for American workers and creating jobs in America. The energy in the room was palpable — she hit a cord and just kept on hitting it, over and over again. By the time she walked off stage, her case was made, the crowd was thundering their approval with chants of “USA! USA!” and I turned to the person next to me and said “A political star was just born.” It was an unbelievable moment.


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