David Gelernter is one of the most formidable thinkers in America today. In this Weekly Standard piece Gelernter comes perilously close to nit-picking the president's speech to death, but I think he gets it mostly right. After a number of criticisms, Gelernter concludes:
Reactionaries have more time than radicals to polish their prose. Democrats have had plenty of time to work the bugs out of their speeches; they've been saying the same damned things, more or less, for 30 years. But I'd choose a George W. Bush pronouncement over an exquisitely polished reactionary-liberal utterance any day. I'm proud of the president's speech and what it says about him, about Progressive Conservatism, and about America.