Not everyone sees it that way. A number of observers think that his ten-point immigration plan was the takeaway. I think it's an argument with merit.
Paul Mirengoff at Power Line summarizes the ten points and then substantiates his position that it was a good speech. The points:
Ben Shapiro at Daily Wire liked it, too.
Here's the thing, though. As David French at NRO, like Howe at RedState before him, says, the medium through which the list was transmitted was unfortunately true to form:
Last night, Donald Trump outlined the core of a sensible, responsible immigration policy . . . and then promptly obscured that policy in an avalanche of over-the-top rhetoric, inane flourishes, and extravagant promises. He threw raw steaks at an audience hungry for red meat, and in so doing squandered a chance to persuade.Or, as my sister put it in a phone conversation today, "I bailed before he finished. I couldn't take being screamed at."
I said I had the same reaction.