PHILADELPHIA ― Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D) has developed a post-elected-office reputation for delivering barn-burner convention speeches. Her tour de force in 2012 was remarkable both for its abject passion (she screamed the number of jobs created in each state during the Obama administration, her voice straining, her face growing red as she plowed forward) and the literal fist pumps she did when it was over.
Granholm’s 2016 version lacked that pure physical exertion. But it made up for it with some lyrical flair and borrowing ... from the Constitution, a classic protest song, John Kennedy and Carly Simon:
Imagine Donald Trump’s version of the Constitution: “I, the person, in order to form a more perfect union…”
Or, centuries later, “I, shall overcome.”
Or, “Ask not what I can do for my country, ask what my country can do for me!”
Donald, Donald, you’re so vain. You probably think this speech is about you.
The crowd ate it up. Granholm ate up the crowd eating it up. And the press corps now waits until 2020 for her to do it again.