The optics were bad, the rhetoric was pedestrian, the message disturbing.
Optics. Everyone was wearing a mask and social distancing, but not Stumble Joe. Most of the seats in the room were empty. We looked like a weak, confused nation more focused on theater than substance.
Pedestrian rhetoric. There are only so many ways to sell a chicken in every pot as the American dream, all of them cliche and basically misguided.
Disturbing message. Stumble Joe wants the federal government to become the national entrepreneur, the primary investor in the American economy. The Founders were skeptical of this concept, noting that the nation cannot endure once the people learn they can vote benefits for themselves that are procured through the government’s monopoly of legal coercion. The so-called “entrepreneurial state” is a myth.
All that said, I expect this speech will soon be forgotten just because it was boring.