Hillary Clinton is not an orator. We all grade her on a curve. For a Hillary speech it was a good speech, but it was not really a great speech and it was too long. The laundry list of progressivism may have helped the crowd, but it hurt with the center-right coalition of voters who do not like Trump.
At the same time, the passion she summoned to go after Trump was effective. “A man you can bait with a tweet cannot be trusted with nuclear weapons,” is a line that will come back time and time again and totally neutralizes Trump’s ability to tweet out a response to the speech.
The ridicule that Barack Obama deployed effectively against Trump on Wednesday night was amplified by Hillary Clinton. The Democrats know that Trump’s Achilles heel is his inability to be mocked. He cannot take ridicule and it will cause him to make mistakes.
Clinton had to unite the Democrats and I think Barack Obama did that for her more than she did. I do not think she is able to overcome the trust gap with the American voters. But at this point, I think it is also clear that she does not care about that. She knows she has better favorability with voters, even though they do not trust her, than Trump has.
Hillary Clinton went into Campaign 2016 with no cause or purpose other than it was her time. She now has a purpose and it is clearly one she has passion for: stopping Donald Trump. And she is off to a good start on that even if the rest of the speech fell flat.