I don’t want to diminish the work of my journalist buddies, many of whom have written some really good, really insightful stuff on the speech. But I think that we’d get much more informative coverage by randomly selecting ten viewers and asking them to write what they thought of it.
We, after all, aren’t the audience. I didn’t need to see substance, because I’ve been plumbing the depths of his policy positions for over a year now. I certainly didn’t require an introduction. Nor did I need convincing of anything. Because of this, I, like many other writers observing the speech, were mainly paying attention to the anomalies–what was there that normally isn’t, and what wasn’t that normally is. And it’s impossible to truly consume a speech in that fashion.
So I don’t know what the target audience thought. I will say that on the goosebump scale, this what not the best I’ve seen him do. And I will say that as a wonk, some of the statements he made frustrated me a bit.
But the net effect was incredibly powerful. The extent to which he is breaking new ground in this election is stunning, and the extent to which he has really and truly managed to inspire is breathtaking. I’m happy to realize that I’m not anywhere close to being too cynical to appreciate this. I am glad to be here for this, and I feel like I’m a part of this.
I’m braced for the counterattack, but I’m confident. And so I think he did his job well.