In terms of policy it was unabashedly liberal. Liberal. LIBERAL. Amazing. It's been a very long time since a significant American political figure - let alone a president - has spoken this way. Let us hope that it does what some of the punditizers say it will, which is bring these ideas back into the mainstream. Funny thing is that I bet that if Republicans had just been half-way reasonable this would not be the speech he gave. But they weren't and he did. Oh, yes he did.