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.”