John McCain’s New Orleans Speech

by Mike on June 3, 2008

in Election 2008,Politics

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.

UPDATE 2: Here is a video of McCain’s awful speech.  Like Nixon in 1960, McCain comes across better on paper, so here is the full text.

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Ryan June 3, 2008 at 8:34 pm

I just saw an adequate speech from this year’s Independent Party candidate…

What’s that you say? McCain’s running for the Republican Party?

Sure didn’t sound like it.

We’re in trouble. Like Mike said, the stagecraft was awful and those smiles and slogans were weak at best. Add to that the content which seemed purely intended for media moderates. My problem with McCain has always been this: how can a party’s maverick adequately lead that party? Also every moderate we’ve run since Watergate has lost, every unabashed conservative has won.


Chris June 4, 2008 at 7:21 am

This does not bode well for the Republicans and it worries me to see who he picks as his veep. If it’s Huckabee, Crist or another fake conservative, this election will be a walk for Obama. Mind you a veep doesn’t win an election, but for a troubled and flawed nominee such as McCain a good veep will give the conseratives SOMETHING, epecially if McCain chooses to stay the course.

Update from NJ…for the 2008 Senatorial Race, Lautenberg won the Democrat primary and Zimmer the Republican. It sickens me that the GOP put him in there to run and back. Mind you, he’s a two-time loser; once to Torricelli in 1996, one of the worst campaigns I’ve ever seen run (and we’ve seen some bad ones for NJ Republicans in recent years) and then again to Mr. Lib, Rush Holt when he tried to get his seat back in the 12th. And speaking of Congress, Dems could get at least 1 additional seat now seeing who the GOP has put up to replace Mike Ferguson…looks like Linda Stender “The Big Spender” will be the next Representative of the 7th, sadly. It didn’t help to when you look at who ran, but it is unfortunaate that Roughnee’s campaign didn’t get more traction.


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