Once you get past the dishing about Sarah Palin, John Edwards, et al in the book Game Change, you learn a few things.
Like about President Obama.
That he’s like a basketball player who wants the ball when the game is on line.
That he has supreme confidence he can rise to the moment.
That he especially has confidence he can give a speech that changes the game.
He came through throughout his campaign – the speech on race, his performance in the fall debates, his cool response to the economic meltdown that caused John McCain to melt down.
Can he do it tonight?
One caution: Don’t rush to instant judgment tonight or tomorrow. Wait a few days. Instant analysis often proves wrong later.
Bill Clinton’s first State of the Union after the 1994 election – which lasted about 17 hours, as I recall – was panned at first.
Later, it turned out that Americans watched it all. And liked it.
Two weeks ago, Scott Brown was a game-changer.
Tonight, the reigning king takes his shot.