She was poignant, she was stylish and she electrified the audience. And she came out strong for Barack Obama.
I have never liked Hillary much. I didn’t like her manipulative side that she displayed during the primaries and I detest her nanny-state approach to government. I was more than relieved when it became certain that she would not be the nominee. But credit where credit’s due — she was very good tonight. She not only exceeded my expectations with her choice of words but she said them in a fashion that sounded both emotional and sincere. I suspect that many Republican strategists are kicking themselves right now.
Whoever wins in this election, this speech has ensured that no one will say Hillary didn’t try hard enough.
[Update] Andrew Sullivan isn’t impressed:
To my mind, however, it was an average performance, not a slashing attack on the Bush-Cheney record, nor a rousing rallying cry for Obama, nor a very insightful analysis of the country’s problems. There was virtually nothing about foreign policy. She did what she had to do, tell her voters to back Obama. But she gave nothing more.