This was fun.....
Back in New York. Can pause now and reflect (vs react.) It was a great couple of days. I tip my hat to the brain trust over at the National Review. It was most excellent. They have full video and audio here. The mix of ideas, study, chat, dish, was potent. For those of you who played with the idea of going and didn't - HUGE mistake. That was my idea of good time. All that squareball jazz.
Let's talk about Romney. He had his coming out debut -- his speech after dinner. He is very strong. Very smooth. But not ready for prime time. He needs work. His material is good, very good. His delivery second rate. I know I know substance over style. But he'll never appear sufficiently presidential if he comes across like a 'TV game show host'.
Up close and personal, Romney is all that and a bag of chips. Seriously. He is charming, funny, sincere (yeah), not at all wooden. They've got to figure out how to translate that personal charm from the street to the stage and away from boilerplate politician personal.
Now it maybe beginner awkwardness. Or not. Only time will tell. Quicktime video here.
Goldberg and Steyn (very funny, very)