Everybody seemed to like the convention speech. Have I ever been a speechwriter? No, but I have heard my fair share of speeches. An important thing to remember is that there are different types of speeches. With a convention speech one of the biggest goals is to amp up the energy level. It isn't a policy speech like a State of the Union address or a service academy graduation. You are in front of thousands of fellow true believers and the real goal is to fire them up on national television. They will be prepared ahead of time with posters and signs, and you want them rocking and rolling by the end, ready to go out and riot in the streets. Sound bites, syncopation, and catchphrases are critical. It is not the time for calm and cool headed thought. Most real politicians who do these things practice them for hours ahead of time in front of critics (which we saw Carl doing.)
At the end of 131 we see something come up that quite a few people have been expecting before now. I always expected to have this surface, but just wanted to play with the timing. There will be a lot more to come in future chapters.