I just watched it again and have completely changed my opinion on it. I'm calling it a "Mark Block" kind of moment. The truth is, he did a fantastic job.
I say "Mark Block Moment" because it was stirring and shocking in such a way that it really caused a lot of people to consider the entire question of the election in a much deeper way than even I had before.
It made me uncomfortable to see him so weak with age, and the timbre of his voice that was noticeably shaky. But I'll tell you what - I thought about nothing else more than I thought about this speech, all weekend long. It went way viral - 771,250 hits in two days.
Like Mark Block's Herman Cain ad, one's initial response is "What the hell was that? -- Was there something wrong there? -- Is this a huge mistake somehow? -- Is this far afield, is this political or not? -- Are you allowed
to do that? -- Is this breaking some rule?"
But now I am smiling. The faux pas - and that's exactly what it is - is so unnerving that you eventually have
to go back and see what he said. And I did. And it's excellent