What should John Kerry say? As David Kusnet, one of the Democrats’ preeminent wordsmiths, wisely points out:
Pundits are saying John Kerry’s acceptance speech needs to be “the speech of his life,” when he “reintroduces himself,” sounding more like a “regular guy” and less like a JFK wannabe–and, Peggy Noonan helpfully adds, “He might take this opportunity to actually redefine what liberalism is.”
None of this is true. Kerry need not try to give a great speech; he should try to give a good one.
And then Kusnet goes on to give a cogent summary of the ingredients for such a good speech, all sensible and all well within Kerry’s rhetorical capabilities. Check it out.
And while you’re at it, also check out Kusnet’s excellent analysis of Clinton’s excellent speech last night. A lot there for Democrats to play close attention to!