August 31, 2004

WATCHING THE AFTERTALK, I think that Jeff Greenfield has it right — Arnold’s speech evoked optimism, and enthusiasm for America and for the common man, in a way that — once — was associated with liberalism but that has now become a hallmark of the Republicans.

UPDATE: Schwarzenegger transcript, here.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Roger Simon didn’t like any of it, even Arnold, but he reports that Pat Buchanan, who was standing next to him, really didn’t like Arnold.

Roger’s commenters seem to feel differently, though. My sense is that the Democratic convention speeches played better in the hall than on TV, and that these speeches are playing better on TV than in the hall.