The effusive left-wing media reaction to last night's Obama acceptance speech was to be expected. Even some conservatives got caught up in the moment.
As passions have cooled, the praise has become more tempered. Very few people can recite one memorable phrase from the speech. This morning on MSNBC's pathetic Morning Joe, Peggy Noonan actually took The Hack Whose Name Will Not Be Mentioned to task. Ms. Noonan didn't name him, but said his description of the speech as a symphony was "fatuous." That was quite kind.
The problem with the speech wasn't its delivery, which was excellent. It was workmanlike in the way speeches given by liberal Democrats tend to be: "everyone will be happy. I'm here to help you. Move along now."
The real problem with the speech was the visual. The temple, with giant live portraitures of Obama, evoked the worst memories of Stalinism and simultaneously managed to convey a sense of crass commercialism.I don't know whether the reports that Brittany Spears'set designer built the temple are true. The fact that this is quite plausible is the problem. Obama reverted to celebrity under the facade of substance. While this was to be another historic moment as it marked the 45th anniversary of MLK's "I Have A Dream" speech, references to the great civil rights leader were few and far between. Given the hubris of Obama, both of these problems were to be expected.
I'm a fairly dispassionate person, but that was one creepy setting. The chanting crowds, gathered around Obama as his giant images were projected on screens around the temple, evoked some of the worst images of the last century. It is an effective technique at a concert, but it is disturbing at a political rally.
In the end, the whole setting was meant to distract from the lack of the candidate's substance and his thin resume. In typical liberal hypocrisy, if Gov. Sarah Palin is McCain's choice the left seems ready to pounce on her credentials even though they far and away exceed those of their presidential nominee. This is an aside, though. While the Obama cultists cheered and thought they had achieved nirvana, undecided swing state voter looked on and got past "who is the man?"
It is now "what does this unknown man, this Democratic presidential nominee, think he is?" The One may have been clever politics, but even it was understated. We know Obama has a messiah complex. The problem is what would be the result of it.
That is the take away from last night.