Well, I think the part about obvious friction between the Christie/Romney camp is spot on.
I think comparing this to Clinton's '88 debacle is laughable. I would point this out. Christie used much of this material in a fundraising speech for Governor Scott Walker during the recall(I was in attendance as an invited guest, not a donor). In that speech Christie used the story of his own upbringing to relate it to Scott Walker. At least that's how I remember it. In that speech almost every Chris Christie story was tied to a Scott Walker story.
That's what as notably missing to me last night. I didn't pan this speech, but I was surprised that a keynote such as ths one borrowed so much from what appears to be Christie's standard fundraising stump speech. Shouldn't every word have been original? If not, shouldn't he have said, "I often tell the story..."
I will say this: the Politico has it right that if it was one for the ages, you would have known right away. What I disagree with is the notion that because it wasn't it is automatically a flop. There is definitely room between the two and I think Christie's speech lands in that middle area somewhere.
I gave it a B+ on the air today. It's not the number of times Mitt Romney was mentioned(or not) that bothers me. It's that he never mentioned President Obama by name that does.