John McCain’s New Orleans Speech
Posted by Mike on June 3, 2008
In the previous, post I stated that I never thought I’d hear myself say that I’m praying for John McCain to become the next President of the United States. As I watch McCain’s speech in New Orleans, I reiterate: I cannot believe I’m praying for John McCain to become the next President of the United States.
UPDATE: This is worse than I thought. Barack Obama is going to win the general election’s first night and if McCain does not overhaul his entire operation, Obama will win in November as well. McCain’s political operation did not plan the speech properly, the candidate’s delivery is awful, and he does not seem to have a overarching philosophy to frame his ideas.
Later tonight, Barack Obama will deliver a speech and he will be surrounded by an enthusiastic crowd. McCain is delivering a speech to a tiny crowd in front of a dull background. Later tonight, Obama will be eloquent as always while saying absolutely nothing. McCain is awkwardly Smeagol-chuckling before delivering the woefully inadequate slogan “that’s not change we can believe in.”
Finally and most importantly, McCain’s speech has no theme. Most successful Republicans usually focus on two or three issues that flow from a coherent conservative philosophy. With Reagan, it was limited government, lower taxes and rebuilding the military. With Bush, it was lower taxes, rebuilding the military, and traditional values. McCain seems to be throwing darts while blindfolded in the hope that something hits a bullseye. If this is McCain’s best, his best won’t do.
Obama will shine tonight. McCain was terrible. If this dynamic continues, our party is in trouble.