Surprisingly, he sounds more scripted than Hillary did. Lotta “change,” lotta “new directions,” lotta “real people,” and of course a lot of “bringing together” of Democrats and Republicans, although after a year of watching him campaign I’m still unclear on where the middle ground is on which a lefty like him is planning to meet the GOP. He does promise he’ll listen to us, though, if elected, so let that keep you warm tonight.

He’s the liberal version of what Huckabee likes to say about himself vis-a-vis conservatism: He may be progressive, but he’s not angry about it. Small mercies.