PUNDITS AGREE: OBAMA'S SPEECH LAST NIGHT DIDN'T BRING BACK THE '08 MAGIC -- RIGHT?
Barack Obama accepted his party's nomination last night, and a critical consensus is forming: his speech wasn't so great. Remember how amazing he was in '08? He just didn't recapture the magic.
"More substance than style; more specifics than rhetorical flourish." --Chris Cillizza, The Washington Post
"[A] lack of specifics." --AP
"The speech was uneven in delivery, too long, and suffered from the curse of comprehesiveness, which at times made Obama seem almost more defensive than feisty and may have even allowed some viewers to drift off between the best lines." --Katherine Marsh, The New Republic
"A bit of a letdown." --John McWhorter, The New Republic
"For the most part it felt surprisingly banal and jury-rigged, and it suffered throughout from a failure to cohere around any single theme or rhetorical style." --Ross Douthat
"Obama Gives Generic Speech" --NewsMax
"No match for the keynote address he delivered at the 2004 convention in Boston." --David Broder
David Broder? Hunh?
Oh, wait -- all those are pundit reactions to the 2008 convention speech. You know -- the one to which last night's speech is being unfavorably compared.
Funny thing: that awful, awful speech he gave at the '08 convention somehow didn't hurt him in November.