“Strikingly bad.” Those were the words, or words like those, with which commentator Jeffrey Toobin summed up John McCain’s speech last night. He said the speech had no theme, no vision, and presented no policies, and was only good in its closing, rousing section. I agree. But this is exactly what one would expect of McCain. McCain has no ideas. He has a couple of pet issues he cares about, such as reducing pork barrel spending, and he has his sense of “honor” and of “service to something larger than ourselves,” and he has his delight in messing up conservatives and Republicans. And that’s about it. His speech perfectly reflected the intellectual and political vacuity that has characterized his entire career.
It also epitomized the rank absurdity that characterized the convention as a whole—the notion that McCain, a Republican running to succeed a two-term Republican president, represents “change.”
And the conservatives attack Obama for using a lot of empty rhetoric!
Spencer Warren writes:
As a political matter, given his views, I think his speech was very good to excellent. Such a speech is built on detailed polling, including focus groups, as to what issues the candidate should promote and how he should frame them. I thought it had good lines and was delivered well, including the peroration. Unfortunately, he ignored the paramount issue from our viewpoint, immigration, and other issues as well. But from the point of view of his campaign, I thought the speech was very good.LA replies:
Given McCain’s poor abilities as a speaker, he did a decent job of delivering it, that’s true. My criticism was directed to what I saw as its substantive emptiness. Why should this man be president?Paul K. writes:
After the complete tizzy the folks at the Corner went into after Palin’s spoke, last night’s reaction to McCain was muted, to say the least.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at September 05, 2008 09:07 AM | Send