There were no Greek columns in sight, but that doesn’t mean that the Democrat National Convention wasn’t a masterwork of staging. We’ve already seen the instructions letting Hillary Clinton’s delegates know which chant to break into to drown out each of the chants of the Bernie Sanders fans, but one of the funniest/creepiest moments of the DNC’s final night could be heard over the PA system inside Wells Fargo Center.
The cable news networks missed out, but C-SPAN viewers were treated to live audio throughout the day, including what sounded like every flight attendant ever giving careful instructions on how to get the most out of the card stunt and Katy Perry performance. The robotic voice (not Hillary’s) did stop short of instructing participants to secure their own card before assisting others, but that’s about it.
This is the most hilarious-pseudo Orwellian moment at the DNC …instructing people in a robot voice to be party of a "card stunt" wut?
— Jackie Kucinich (@JFKucinich) July 29, 2016
— CSPAN (@cspan) July 29, 2016
— Scott Sands (@scottsands) July 29, 2016
"Card stunt" briefing now at #DemsInPhilly It is eerily like an airplane instruction. "In case of water landing…"
— Phil Elliott (@Philip_Elliott) July 29, 2016
Obviously the printed instructions weren’t enough to ensure a flawless performance that would be the highlight of Friday’s news cycle.
— Ben Winsor (@BenBWinsor) July 28, 2016
Instructions for the "Card Stunt" : … pic.twitter.com/dNdPHFeuUl
— Elizabeth Dias (@elizabethjdias) July 29, 2016
— Eye on Politics (@EyeOnPolitics) July 29, 2016
— Ashley Wilson (@APdubs) July 29, 2016
— Slate (@Slate) July 29, 2016
I feel like this card stunt is going to go really, really badly.
— Jessica Taylor (@JessicaTaylor) July 29, 2016
Uh-oh. The card stunt is a bit North Korea-esque…
— Matt Lee (@APDiploWriter) July 29, 2016
A CARD STUNT
A UNIFIED CARD STUNT
this can't backfire
— Alexandra Petri (@petridishes) July 29, 2016
so the sanders supporters are not going to do the card stunt correctly, right?
— Ryan Teague Beckwith (@ryanbeckwith) July 29, 2016
"Please keep your promises," a home made sign, constructed with two of the large sticks and one of the "card stunt" cards.
— Tamara Keith (@tamarakeithNPR) July 29, 2016
what if the card stunt spells out harambe
— Lindsey Adler (@Lahlahlindsey) July 29, 2016
Totally worth it:
Here it is. The card stunt suffragists could only dream of pic.twitter.com/1oJXeeL4jx
— Tierney Sneed (@Tierney_Megan) July 29, 2016
Like so many liberal social-engineering schemes, the card stunt was better in theory.
— Molly Ball (@mollyesque) July 29, 2016
We’re guessing rock and roll animal Tim Kaine was plenty familiar with the good old days of concert-going when you’d hold up a lighter, but for those new to the live music experience, careful instructions were given on the proper way to react spontaneously to Katy Perry’s performance.
— Tonya J. Powers (@tonyajpowers) July 29, 2016
Good job, good effort.
— Tom Fontaine (@TomFontaineTrib) July 29, 2016
Probably better that the crowd was coached on how to react, now that we’ve seen this loop about a million times:
— skux deluxe (@donniemnemonic) July 29, 2016