Why did Obama give such a nothing speech?
As John Podhoretz writes, Obama last night gave the same speech he’s delivered repeatedly to zero effect over the last two years. Why, then, given the failure of his previous deliveries of the same speech, did he repeat it on this most important night, when the purpose of the speech was not, as in the past, to push his policies, but to get himself re-elected?
Answer: it’s all he’s got. And since the election really revolves around the fear and loathing of the left half of the country for the right half of the country as evil greedy racist woman-hating white men, it doesn’t matter what he says.
To put it another way: being an empty black suit doesn’t hurt you, if over half the country loves empty black suits.