I hope we’ll be able to provide you with a survey of reactions to the Romney speech shortly. In the meantime, my initial impression is that there’s been something of a Rashomon effect–everybody’s seizing on something different, according to their lights. Nothing very surprising in this, since the speech had something for just about everybody, meaning that there were things that just about everybody could like and dislike. My guess is that the consensus judgment will thus have to wait for the polling results. And why not? The object of the exercise was to get Romney’s numbers to head north, and if they do, then the speech will deserve to be regarded as a success. I’m betting, however, that like the speech itself, the polls are not going to register very strongly one way or another.
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Mark Silk is Professor of Religion in Public Life at Trinity College and director of the college's Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life. He is a Contributing Editor of the Religion News Service