Schweitzer's Little Rebellion

An interesting tidbit from Ben Smith: The Obama campaign didn't originally plan on Brian Schweitzer delivering the barnburner he did.

Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer said his show-stealing speech
Tuesday night, which brought the crowd in Denver to its feet and made
him the talk of the convention, was a last-minute improvisation that
departed from the prepared remarks he'd agreed on with the Obama
campaign. "We had a convention that went through the first day and didn't get
anybody fired up," said Schweitzer, who spoke on the second evening
after keynote speaker Mark Warner of Virginia.

"We didn't have anybody
stand up, and we didn't have anybody get excited," he said.Schweitzer, other sources said, had already clashed with convention
organizers over the editing of his speech. So when he took the stage,
the Montana governor expanded dramatically on a prepared text
sent by the campaign to reporters, adding signature language that stuck
out from the rest of the speakers' words -- he was the only one talking
about "petro-dictators" -- and offered a rhetorical merger of
environmentalism and patriotism.

--Eve Fairbanks

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