McCain's speech - thumbs up, thumbs down
It's like an Ebert and Roeper disagreement on a movie. One says it's a blockbuster. The other says it's a dog. Unlike the reviews of the Palin or the Obama speech, which were almost universally applauded, McCain's speech last night is getting mixed reviews. And the perceptions couldn't be more stark.Skip to next paragraph
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"I thought it was the worst speech by a nominee that I've heard since Jimmy Carter in 1980, Toobin said. "I personally cannot remember a single policy proposal that he made because they had nothing connecting them. I found it shockingly bad."
"During the speech all around me there were people of all ages, men, women, older, younger, weeping. Lots of tears during John McCain's speech, especially when he spoke about his experiences as a prisoner of war."
No, it was boring said the New York Times liveblog:
"Sleepy? Our colleague Patrick Healy reports from the floor: There is a delegate in the Utah section and a delegate in Puerto Rico who are both drooping, eyes closed -- look asleep -- both are men."
Actually, the crowd loved it said the Associated Press:
"His own measured style left the hall in cheers, and as is his habit in campaign stops around the country, he stepped off the stage to plunge into the crowd after his speech."
"The policy in the speech was rather typical for a Republican. Pretty disappointing. It didn't do a lot of outreach to moderates and independents on issues that they care about. It talked, about issues like drilling and school choice which was really speaking to the converted. I think that was a missed opportunity."
"The words that he used at the end I thought were strong, and they sort of got lost in the crowd applause."