Must have been a good speech

I didn’t catch Governor Palin’s speech last night and have only seen short summaries of it so far today, but it appears that it was the real deal. asks in big bold letters on its front page: Can McCain live up to Palin’s performance?

Lots of people, including the Big O himself, have apparently whined that a speech writer wrote the speech. Who would have ever guessed that speech writers write speeches for politicians.

I’ve often been critical of the big media using headlines to frame the story a certain way, trying to get their message across to people who don’t bother reading the article. If they’re doing that again, it certainly appears that they believe Palin’s speech was great.

I don’t recall any attempts to cut down Biden’s performance or his speech writer.

Plus, the more I see stories about how lackluster the Republican convention is, the more I’m inclined to think that I might be missing something good. But I’m also not having to fight any urges to tune in.

In 2004 I said that it had to take a pretty bad candidate and a pretty bad campaign to lose to George W. Bush. And I think I was right.

I continue to believe that John McCain is only, at most, half as electable as George W. Bush. But he’s holding even with the Dem offering. What does that say about the Obama camp?

The McCain team really seems to have stolen the thunder from the Dem convention. If team Obama doesn’t shake things up next week they could be in for a tough road. They better hope for some change real soon.


  1. Fred Thompson was great Tuesday night. Funny and touching, too bad his campaign stunk.

    Palin was real good last night. I didn’t think the speech itself was brilliant, but she has charisma and authenticity not seen since Reagan. She is the future of the party. I pity poor Joe Biden for the shredding he is going to get in the VP debate.

    Obama is in massive trouble – that’s why all the left-wingers in the media are on a seek-and-destroy mission with Palin. He’s looking at a landslide loss of Mondale proportions.

  2. Bram, before you get too excited wait for the polling data to come in on a state-by-state basis. Right now most electoral maps show Obama has about 260 of the necessary 270 electoral votes required to win. Unless McCain can win in PA, OH and MI, I don’t see how he can win. If McCain loses those 3 states it will be a loss of Mondale proportions, but McCain will be Mondale.

  3. Mondale lost 49 states. Nothing like that is going to happen again for a long time. If McCain picks up Colorado or Pennsylvania and holds Ohio, he wins. If Obama takes Ohio or Florida he wins.


  4. I force myself to watch both conventions. I’ve seen no new messages or plans out of either of them so far. It’s been basically everything you would expect to hear from both sides.

    My only observation so far is that the Democrats looked like they were sleep walking through theirs. The Republicans actually seem to be more fired up.

  5. I just found this on the McCain website. Since he signed up for government funding, he can’t take donations directly, but donations can still be made anyway. Notice how they are going to divvy out the money to the RNC and to the republican committees in 4 states, MO, MI, OH and PA. To me this must mean he believes he has Fl locked up and that the race will hinge upon these 4 states. Any opinions on this?

    “McCain-Palin Victory 2008 is a joint fundraising committee by the McCain-Palin Compliance Fund, Republican National Committee, and Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, and Pennsylvania Republican Parties. Because the McCain-Palin Campaign is participating in the presidential public funding system, it may not receive contributions for the any candidate’s election. However, federal law allows the McCain-Palin Campaign’s Compliance Fund to defray legal and accounting compliance costs and preserve the Campaign’s public grant for media, mail, phones, and get-out-the-vote programs. Contributions to McCain-Palin Victory 2008 will go to the Compliance Fund, and to participating party committees for Victory 2008 programs.”

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