I’ve never seen commentators and news readers laugh at a speech the way the people of MSNBC laughed at John McCain’s victory speech last night. Laughter, outright prolonged laughter at how abominably lame the speech was and how poorly McCain delivered it. Chris Matthews said that every advisor McCain has ever known got a line or two in that speech. Tom Brokaw said, with his half grin, that the people who voted for McCain Tuesday night “deeply regret it after that speech, and the makers of Nyquil are in deep despair.” (Nyquil is an MSNBC sponsor, nice plug Tom.)
The speech started OK, but then wandered off into reciting every dull cliche that any politician has ever said through all of American history. You gotta see it. I dare you to figure out what he’s talking about — or to make it to the end. Somebody needed the shepherd’s crook to pull the poor guy off the stage. Speechwriters, take this as a lesson — a speech is not an Old Country Buffet. And speakers — good lord, don’t read speeches, or at least don’t read them for the first time with the cameras rolling.
Dave Barry, in the Miami Herald, had the best McCain line today — among the questions still to be answered in the coming weeks is this one, Barry writes: “Is John McCain, at 117, too old and cranky to be president? Like, during the White House Easter Egg Roll, would he come outside in his bathrobe and yell, ‘You kids get off my lawn?'”
Seriously, for those of us who wonder what brought so many New Hampshire women voters to Hillary when Obama won with women in Iowa, Maureen Dowd’s take on Hillary’s tears and victimhood is deeply perceptive. Hillary’s tears, Dowd says, were for Hillary.
After two primaries and seeing all the candidates, scripted and unscripted, I remain convinced that the only way any Republican can win in November is if the Democrats nominate Hillary Clinton. My wife, Lisa, assures me this won’t happen. And Lisa acknowledged that she fell down on the job last night, and she takes personal responsibility. I believe she had a tear in her eye.
–Bruce Benidt hotel internet marketing kind