It was a real triumph: moving and poignant without descending into schmaltz. The emphasis on Kansas, Patton's Army, and the Dunham family was expected, and surely necessary, but still quite well executed. The bit about his "aging grandparents" ought to go over especially well with holdout older voters.

And with much of the emotional uplift accomplished, now comes the more straighforward and direct address.

--Michael Crowley