The Speech

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.

Comments

  1. Alex B. says:

    Well said, Ryan. I agree with your points – not his most eloquent, nor did I agree with every policy point – but he brought meat, he threw punches, he told his story, and he did it in an amazing setting. One of the PBS historians said (paraphrasing here) that this isn’t a speech to carve in stone, but perhaps one of his most effective ever. He can use this to get to an inaugural speech – that’s the opportunity to carve something in stone.

  2. Dan Staley says:

    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.

    And how his team addressed the only point the Rs had, and preemptively addressed others. And how his team ensured dynamite speeches were given all week.

    Now lets hope the Ds can run a decent campaign this time and not run away like kicked puppies.

    One of the hardest things to do in chess is win a won game.

  3. When he said make cars cheaper so more people can afford them, i yelled at the computer I was watching it on. My roommate who is a transportation engineer said you can’t force people to do things which I think shocked me more coming from a very enlightened person. No one is forcing anyone to do anything. But the choices should be there. And making cars cheaper is not a choice but forcing more cars on the road and making us pay more taxes for our already mismanaged allocation of funds toward the periphery of regions. This would make the problem of oil worse rather than better.