OK. The pundits all seem agog with this speech. I thought it was a luke-warm ‘O.k.’
I still think his best speech was his acceptance speech at the 2000 Republican Convention. In particular, these lines:
A time of prosperity is a test of vision. And our nation today needs vision. That is a fact … or as my opponent might call it, a “risky truth scheme.” Every one of the proposals I’ve talked about tonight, he has called a “risky scheme,” over and over again.
It is the sum of his message — the politics of the roadblock, the philosophy of the stop sign.
If my opponent had been there at the moon launch, it would have been a “risky rocket scheme.”
If he’d been there when Edison was testing the light bulb, it would have been a “risky anti-candle scheme.”
And if he’d been there when the Internet was invented well … I understand he actually was there for that.
He now leads the party of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. But the only thing he has to offer is fear itself.