Brilliant, if not quite as eloquent as “the Boys of Pointe du Hoc” or the Challenger address. Regarding Olbermann’s “analysis” of the Obama speech:

“I’m actually putting a little edge on my criticism just to make up for the fact that on MSNBC last night somebody said, quote, ‘it wasn’t a speech: it was a symphony.’ I’m sorry; I won’t even name who did it. I am here to balance that bit of fatuous — fatuous suck-upping!”

And her own reaction to the same speech:

“My way of saying it would be: that was not a sissy speech. It wasn’t that kind of usual… oh, the poor child born with two heads and no medical insurance and they’re using him as a bowling ball… You know the terrible things they say. Everybody is sick in their world! Everybody is an unhappy, unwed, single mother whose feet are exploding… They don’t exactly see the bright side of America.”

She nails it, as does the author of this article. Obviously, if Obama is going to run a campaign based on the theme of “Change”, the members of his party must convince the American public that a break from the last eight years is necessary. However, they may have overplayed their hand by depicting America as not simply a flawed country but one that is, in the infamous words of Michelle Obama, “just downright mean”. Rather than that “last best hope of man on Earth”, America, according to the Democratic narrative, has become a place where we’re locked into senseless wars, where we’re hated by the international community, where our economy is at its lowest point since the Depression and where we’ve created a society that rewards the very rich and punishes the poor. Tossing in a “God Bless America” at the end of such diatribes does not erase the negativity expressed therein. And while such populism may appeal to those who have legitimately suffered through hard times, the vast majority of the public, which tends to vote conservative during national elections, tends to tune out such an endless stream of doom and gloom.

Contrast that to the wave of exuberance that was elicited by the Palin announcement yesterday. Here was a fresh, energetic, enthusiastic candidate, so antithetical to Washington insiders like Joe Biden, delivering a speech filled with hope, national pride and and optimism for the future. That is what the American public responds to. That is, in fact, what initially drove people to Obama. How ironic that it may also prove to be his downfall.