Here's the glass-half-full version.
I guess my initial reaction to the new Nikkor 35mm ƒ/1.8G AF-S DX lens was colored by the fact that I plain mis-percieved at first what it was. When I first got the news, I assumed it was a replacement for the old AF-Nikkor 35/2, which I'd been using as recently as early January with the D700; perhaps that's what I saw because it's what I expected to see. I was dismayed when I realized a few minutes later that it was a DX lens.*
But let me be fair, and more objective:
2. It's a fast, light, small, quiet, and (quite likely) high-performance lens.
3. It's specifically designed-for-digital.
...And it's just what a lot of people wanted. Operationally, it's designed for full compatibility with the D40/D40x/D60, which are small, quiet cameras—and which (as long as I'm making self-incriminating admissions here) I've actually criticized in the past for not having just this kind of lens available for them! Also on the good side, the design is quite sophisticated for such an inexpensive lens, and the sample image looks great.
And, there's nothing at all wrong with a normal.
So, okay. Let's celebrate what it is, not what it isn't! As soon as it comes out, then, we'll review it. Properly, on a D40, D40x, or D60. Yeah, I can see the appeal.
*Primarily because my mind leaps to what seems to me like an obvious implication: Nikon's not going to replace the AF-Nikkor 35/2; the FX lens it's planning will be a competitor for Canon's EF 35/1.4. The further implication of that is that Nikon will, in the future, not be making an updated, current, modern version of the lens of the specification I personally use and prefer. Plenty of reason to break out the black bunting—but specifically for me, not for everybody.
UPDATE: dpreview.com has pegged Nikon's rationale for this product offering, in the form of an interview with Nikon's Robert Cristina, Manager of professional products, Europe and Ludovic Drean, Product Manager for lenses, Europe. As Robert Christina says, "The main target is D40/D60/D90 owners. They make up 80% of our DSLR sales [...] If even 5% of [them] buy this lens, that's a huge number." (Thanks to Tom and Mrten for this link.)