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Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts waves as he walks to the podium to address the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The 2012 Democratic National Convention concluded with a bang last night, as President Obama, Vice President Biden, and many other speakers electrified the crowd in Charlotte. Here are some of the best performances of the convention’s final night:

Best Speech: President Obama rose to the occasion, delivering yet another powerful and memorable convention address.

Best One-Liner: “Ask Osama bin Laden if he’s better off now than four years ago!” – Massachusetts Senator John Kerry.

Best Video: “Fired Up, Ready To Go,” which whipped the delegates into a frenzy by telling the story of Edith Childs, the South Carolina woman who coined Obama’s iconic rallying cry.

Best Celebrity Cameo: Many of Obama’s Hollywood endorses gave strong speeches, but this award has to go to Mary J. Blige for being the first woman to ever “get it crunk” at a convention.

Craziest Speech: Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm received one of the loudest ovations of the week with her manic, fist-pumping defense of the auto bailout (and takedown of Mitt Romney.)

Most Powerful Moment: Georgia Rep. John Lewis, who framed the Republican-backed “voter ID” laws in term of his long personal struggle for civil rights, and declared “I don’t want to go back.”

Biggest Loser: The Republican National Committee, whose convention paled in comparison to the Democrats — both in terms of audience and enthusiasm.

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons and one novel. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

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