McCain's RNC Speech Fails to Deliver Palin's Punch

Republican U.S presidential nominee U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) acknowledges the crowd during day four of the Republican National Convention (RNC) at the Xcel Energy Center on September 4, 2008 in St. Paul, Minnesota. U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) will accept the GOP nomination for U.S. President Thursday night. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America)

Old Man McCain was at it again Thursday night.

He rambled his way through a full hour of standard stump rhetoric that favored substance over style by braining style with an old shovel and burying it in the back yard.

Maybe all of McCain's good handlers were too busy whipping up that firecracker Sarah Palin speech from Wednesday night. Whatever the reason, his speech closed the Republican National Convention on an anti-climactic note.

But something tells me it didn't matter much. This week wasn't about John McCain. It was about Sarah Palin. And if people decide they like her, then it's mission accomplished for the RNC. With McCain and Obama running almost even in the polls, he just needs that one big push to get him ahead. And Sarah Palin is just the hockey mom to do it.

But it's a shame McCain appeared to ramble on like a boring uncle, because at least he was talking about issues.

McCain reeled off clear, well-informed stances on why we should stay in Iraq, why he's in favor of school vouchers and why we should be drilling for more oil in Alaska. That last part had every red-blooded Republican in Minnesota standing up and chanting "DRILL BABY DRILL!" in a way that will surely haunt conservationists with images of orgiastic drilling complete with phallic oil rigs and black-gold money shots.

The post-game punditry was mostly negative concerning the speech, but you've got to respect McCain for sticking with an increasingly difficult decision to take the high road in his approach to Barack Obama.

McCain's speech contained none of the personal, mocking attacks on Obama heard in Palin and Fred Thompson's speeches the previous two nights. McCain instead brought arguments against Obama's experience and his desire to pull American soldiers out of Iraq.

But did he have to go on for a full hour? McCain's speech was booooooorrrrrring.

It was the most difficult speech to sit through in its entirety, and that's coming from someone who watched Joe Lieberman Tuesday night.

What did you think of John McCain's speech? Vote here.

Read the entire transcript and watch the speech here.

Or just look at some Republicans in goofy hats.

Republican U.S presidential nominee U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) gestures toward the crowd during day four of the Republican National Convention (RNC) at the Xcel Energy Center on September 4, 2008 in St. Paul, Minnesota. U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) will accept the GOP nomination for U.S. President Thursday night. A woman carries a giant balloon at the end of day four of the Republican National Convention (RNC) at the Xcel Energy Center on September 4, 2008 in St. Paul, Minnesota. U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) will accept the GOP nomination for U.S. President Thursday night. Republican U.S presidential nominee U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) (L) stands with U.S. Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) during a walk though day four of the Republican National Convention (RNC) at the Xcel Energy Center on September 4, 2008 in St. Paul, Minnesota. U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) will accept the GOP nomination for U.S. President Thursday night. Republican U.S presidential nominee U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) acknowledges the crowd during day four of the Republican National Convention (RNC) at the Xcel Energy Center on September 4, 2008 in St. Paul, Minnesota. U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) will accept the GOP nomination for U.S. President Thursday night. 
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