FIRST IMPRESSIONS. It was a very good speech, well-delivered, eloquent and even soaring at times. He got choked up near the end, and got through the gay-bashing bit as quickly and cryptically as possible. I didn't agree with much of it, but I didn't expect to. But never underestimate Bush's ability to connect with an audience. He's no Reagan or Clinton, but it doesn't matter. What does matter is that he's no Kerry, who unfortunately remains a stiff and aloof figure.
The cynicism of ending on an upbeat, postive note after the sleazy attacks of the last month is revolting.
Anyway ... that's it for tonight. More tomorrow.