About halfway through the speech, my wife, watching me mutter darkly at the television screen, said: “Why are you so upset? He hasn’t said anything.” And that pretty much sums it up.
I know the speech was supposed to be upbeat and not for policy wonks.
But I’m worried that it’s not just a matter of what he chooses to put in speeches, but what he knows. It looks very much as if the president is oblivious to everything we’ve learned about social programs and educational reforms in the last 40 years–and by “we” I include policy analysts on the left as well as right. The guy never indicates that he is aware that we’ve tried a whole bunch of the same stuff he wants to try and evaluated it repeatedly and–read my lips–it doesn’t work.
He makes a great candidate, though.