I thought McCain’s speech was good. Tonight’s format was not McCain’s best, but I expect he will do very well in the debates, especially if there is a townhall style one and I really like that tonight he showed more of what makes him tick than ever before. My one worry is that it was too long and that many may have missed the ending, which I found to be the most powerful. Here is a moving email from a reader (trzupr) posted at Dirty Harry’s Place:
I apologize in advance for the length of this. And, for a change, I will not make another vain attempt to be the biggest wise-ass on the block. But, I was moved tonight.
I was prepared to be disappointed. I was sure I would be. I was another “hold my nose and vote” McCain supporter who found the “maverick” (or, as one of the signs said: ‘mavrick’) persona tiresome. And, through the first half of his speech, I thought ‘same old, same olllllld’.
And I was wrong.
It is remarkable how trial and tribulation can shape a man – how the ultimate test can shape the ultimate in character and redemption. The passion with which he told of his stay in the Hanoi Hilton, and how that experience shaped him, left me sure that I now know the man. It left me feeling – quite frankly – ashamed about my faulty judgments. Here is a man with whom I might disagree on this issue or that, but HERE IS A MAN. A man of conviction. A man of courage. A man of passion. A man of honor.
He will have my vote, with pride. More importantly, he will have my eternal gratitude – though that is but a small repayment. And he will have this, not because he was shot down, not because he was imprisoned, tortured, humiliated, broken, emaciated and all the rest of it. He will have my gratitude because this remarkable man had the courage to walk away from that experience determined to make the world better, willing to forgive his tormentors, and more certain than ever that peace, liberty and freedom are worth the sacrifice. And because, he knows – as only those who have been there know – that you do everything you are humanly able to do in order to look out for those who have chewed on the same dirt as you.
His opponent, I am certain, understands none of these concepts. These ideas would mean nothing to him. His supporters, I am sure, will react to this speech by continuing to belittle McCain for “exploiting his imprisonment”.
Well, screw you, you sorry sum-a-bitches. And God Bless you John McCain.
More random thoughts… I thought McCain responded well to the Code Pinkos in the convention center, but it made me wonder how the heck they manage to get in. I wonder what people, real people watching at home, not partisan ones like me, think when there are jerks interrupting the speech like that.
One more thought…McCain’s 96-year-old mom looks amazing. There has been a lot of talk about his age, but if he takes after his mom he should be good for two full terms with no problem.
Transcript of speech here.
Gateway Pundit has information about the Obama bundler that stormed the convention speech.
Scott Elliott talks about how the speech might impact the race at Election Projection.