Friday, August 29, 2008

Can't please everyone

Over the past few weeks, my blogger crush on The Atlantic's Megan McArdle has subsided. Tonight, I think it finally came to an end.

The expectations she placed on Barack Obama were of her own making. And then she made it impossible for him to clear the bar. (Sigh).

I guess it's tough to calibrate disappointment - Obama still gave a relatively impressive speech for a politician, in her estimation. But if Pat Buchanan, of all people, can appreciate the moment and she can't, you have to wonder if Obama could have said anything to capture her imagination.

UPDATE: Yeah, lump the AP's Charles Babington in with those who weren't impressed. Sample line: "Mostly, however, he touched on major issues quickly and lightly." It was a speech, sir. Not a time to break down legislation line by line or explain the vagaries of the bill-writing process.

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