Some conservatives praised former Vice President Joe Biden’s speech accepting the nomination of the Democratic Party to run for president — though they also noted that “the bar was pretty low.”
“Biden crushed expectations,” noted Fox News contributor Guy Benson. Daily Wire editor emeritus Ben Shapiro agreed, adding: “The bar was being alive.”
Biden crushed expectations.
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) August 21, 2020
The bar was being alive. Joe Biden clearly surpassed it. So that means he had a good night.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) August 21, 2020
On cnn @jaketapper right now is right. GOP set expectations really low for Biden. He exceeded those expectations. Can we please get past the “will he debate” bs now?
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) August 21, 2020
The Blaze agreed: “The par was pretty low.”
C-SPAN reported that Biden’s speech, at 24.5 minutes, was the shortest acceptance speech at a Democratic convention since 1984.
— CSPAN (@cspan) August 21, 2020
Wallace said, “I thought it was an enormously effective speech.”
He continued, “Remember, Donald Trump has been talking for months about Joe Biden as mentally shot, a captive of the left. And yes, Biden was reading from the teleprompter and a prepared speech, but I thought that he blew a hole, a big hole in the characterization.”
He added, “It seems to me that after tonight, Donald Trump is going to have to run against a candidate, not a caricature. The Democrats have had a good convention. Now it’s the Republicans’ turn.”
Others commented that while Biden had not made a convincing case for his candidacy, he came across as a good “dad,” as Democrats made the case that the former vice president was more capable;e of “empathy than the incumbent president:
I won't vote for Joe Biden. But I'll admit that following this convention, and watching tonight particularly, has made me want to be a better dad.
— Tim Carney (@TPCarney) August 21, 2020
Republicans will begin their own convention, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Monday.
Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). His new book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.