It does feel like there’s now a paint-by-numbers formula for giving a speech that garners media raves: My parents/grandparents/great-uncle Iggy came from humble beginnings. They struggled to give me a better life. Here is my focus-group-tested anecdote of my childhood. From this humorous event, my elderly, or preferably deceased relative/mentor figure, who will be played by Morgan Freeman in the movie, told me this valuable lesson: Only in America can you find opportunities like this. Only in America can you find opportunities like the ones I, and millions of other Americans, enjoyed! These opportunities are endangered by the policies of our opponent. But they are strengthened by the policies of our nominee! And I will not give up upon this majestic dream of a better future that is America! I will not give up and neither will you! We will do this together! Si se puede! Thank you! God bless America!
From what polls have been showing, the partisans are already lined up for this November, and that includes the people who call themselves independents, but generally lean one way or another. The rest is aimed at reaching the low-information voters who are still undecided. In fact, the election will hinge on how the people who barely pay attention fall.
And people wonder, and often lament, why our founding fathers had a healthy distrust of democracy, and did their level best to check it.