What Did I Think Of The Speech?

I thought it was... good. It think it helps President Obama. I don't know if it will help his party. It was a speech about the democratic process -- a very effective one. It was a speech that challenged his own party as much as it challenged the Republicans. It had little in the way of policy, and a lot in the way of trying to leverage the character traits that Americans see and like about Obama to persuade them to accept that his way is still the right way. Democrats might not like all the language Obama used, and they're certainly going to find fault with his emphasis on this issue rather than that issue, but they ought to love the tone, and they ought to be satisfied with the way he challenged Republicans -- who insist on governing with a 41-seat superminority (actually, Democrats are implicated in this, but let's move on) to step up the plate.