Analyzing the first night of the Democratic National Convention on a C-SPAN panel early Wednesday morning, Politico‘s Jim VandeHei admitted some of the praise for Michelle Obama may not be based only on her speech’s merits:

“We just posted an item about the media’s reaction. Not a shocker here, Wolf Blitzer saying it was a grand slam; Chuck Todd saying that Michelle Obama owned this convention in a way no speaker owned the convention in Tampa, and David Gergen on CNN said if they have two more nights like this they could probably break this race open. The mainstream media tends to be quite smitten with the Obamas so I don’t know if we should over interpret it but there’s no doubt that’s sort of how all the taste makers in media as we talk what it does have a way shaping certainly the coverage in the morning. So I think you can anticipate that tomorrow is going to be quite glowing.”

Here’s the Politico piece Vandehei was referring to.

Many thanks to Townhall’s Greg Hengler for grabbing this video for me in the dead of the night.