McCain's Image as Lackluster Speaker Intact

Pundits view speech as workmanlike, maybe even boring
By Gabriel Winant,  Newser User
Posted Sep 5, 2008 11:25 AM CDT
Republican presidential nominee John McCain waves near the end of his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008.    (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
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(Newser) – Last night was John McCain’s big moment at the Republican National Convention. Oratory hasn’t been his strong suit in the past. How were the reactions to his speech?

  • McCain bored Michael Tomasky at the UK Guardian, who wonders if he was baiting negative reviews to rile up his base: “I now suspect that the speech was intentionally awful.”

  • Time’s Mark Halperin saw a classic McCain performance—steady, if not thrilling: “All in all, he came across as calm, honorable, and dedicated rather than fired up and ready to go.”
  • At Politico, Jonathan Martin wonders if McCain was overshadowed by his own VP pick: “I think it's safe to say that after McCain's speech tonight, the talk of the delegates here and among most voters at home will still be about Sarah Palin.”