What say you all? Some thoughts:
1. Anyone who knew only the image of Mitt as the Robot Boss from the planet Bain IV in the Outsource System would have to admit that he seemed most genuine when talking about his family story. I thought he was going to choke up, and most of the people who hated him ‘cuz he’s, like, rich, would think “Choke up” was something he did to an underperforming underling in a board meeting.
2. Strange unstructured middle.
3. Strong clear finish: Energy. Jobs. Schools. Military strength. Fiscal Health. Half an hour later, I still remember them. Which was the point.
4. Most interesting take-away: the speech didn’t hammer Obama fore and aft. It dismissed him. Perhaps this was the strategery to peel away people who don’t want to be castigated for voting for a well-creased trouser leg. In this light, the speech was something unusual: a declaration of amnesty.