Talk Talk Talk Talk Talk Myself to Death: My Friends, <i>That's</i> Not Public Speaking We Can Believe In

Friday, September 05, 2008

My Friends, That's Not Public Speaking We Can Believe In

Yep, pretty boring. If he'd actually included any content in the speech, he would've lost out attention and we would've missed it. So I guess it doesn't really matter that he didn't. I only heard Cindy on the radio and didn't actually see her, but she seemed to be far more animated and engaged than John did. (But did Cindy claim she was a hockey mom, too? How many organized hockey leagues are there in Arizona? Of course, if you're loaded like the McCains, you can always buy your own.) I wouldn't be surprised to see McCain's ratings rivaling Obama's and Palin's, although I can't say whether that will work to his advantage or not. If people were looking to be convinced by the ticket, this wasn't the performance to do it.

In other news, Georgia Congressman Lynn Westmoreland used the word "uppity" to describe the Obamas. Given the chance to back off from that word, Westmoreland reinforced it instead. So much for code words.

The No Talk Express? Now that the conventions are over, the campaigns can get going with their normal activities. But on the Republican side, will that include normal questioning by the press? One McCain campaign mouthpiece ridiculed the idea that Palin would have any reason to talk to the press. John Aravosis reports that McCain is going to avail himself of local TV news shows, presumably to avoid the tough questions. It's possible that local reporters might be more polite, but in these days of Internet connectivity, he won't be protected by smaller circulation of any gaffe he might make. Nothing is secret anymore--any stupid moves will be all over YouTube almost immediately.


At 6:09 PM, September 05, 2008, Blogger Jason said...

People are panning Senator McCain's speech, but I actually liked the last ten minutes of it -- when he talked about his experience as a POW and how it made him love the country more, and how we should all work and fight to make our country even better than it is. In fact, I think that section of his speech was more or less the only worthwhile thing said during all four nights of the Republican Convention. The rest of it just served to remind me what a bunch of bitter, mean-spirited, detestible, hate-filled ideologues the Republicans have at the top of their party.

Although I did like Mike Huckabee's desk story.

At 8:24 PM, September 05, 2008, Anonymous stevie t said...

Jason, just how did you sit through all of it?

And about Doug's earlier post, Palin did end up setting the bar way higher than even 2000 McCain could've achieved. Pre-senile McCain didn't have a chance.

At 11:05 PM, September 05, 2008, Blogger Jason said...

The trick, stevie, is to make a drinking game out of it. Take a sip every time Rudy invokes 9-11! Take a sip every time John McCain says "my friends." Chug whenever anyone mentions the fact that McCain was a POW (don't actually do that last one or you'll die of alcohol poisoning).

At 8:49 PM, September 06, 2008, Anonymous stevie t said...

I think I will try that during the debates--always looking for an excuse to drink.


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