Friday, December 07, 2007


Howler has a couple of posts (1 2) that highlight Howard Kurtz' portrayal of millionare Brian Williams as just a simple man of the people.

One is reminded of the days when the Soviet press would report in hushed tones of reverence that, on a visit to the Tutayev Collective, Uncle Joe personally hopped on a tractor and plowed a dozen furrows.

Actually, Kurtz is a piker compared to Hugh Hewitt. Here is his take on the Romney speech: (emp add)
Mitt Romney's "Faith in America" speech was simply magnificent, and anyone who denies it is not to be trusted as an analyst. On every level it was a masterpiece. The staging and Romney's delivery, the eclipse of all other candidates it caused, the domination of the news cycle just prior to the start of absentee voting in New Hampshire on Monday --for all these reasons and more it will be long discussed as a masterpiece of political maneuver.

Far more important than all of that, however, was the content of the address, which was a brilliant explication of the American political theory of faith and freedom. Romney used the moment to defend not just himself but the American tradition of faith in the public square, of vigorous and valued religious plurality, and, crucially, why that tradition has allowed America's role in the world to be so unqualifiedly good. The unexpected but brilliant connection of our tradition of religious liberty with our ability to move in the world to save it again and again from evil and to rebuild it without demands for territory or treasure lifted the speech very far above the ordinary campaign speech, and in so doing lifted the Romney candidacy. Americans watching the speech were listening to a great communicator talk with pride and obvious skill and passion about America and its long history of freedom.
Wow! Since Hewitt says Romney is so great, why are Republicans even bothering with a primary season?


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