Monotonous McCain’s Speech Falls Flat

When accepting a party’s nomination, presidential candidates hope to do two things: excite their base and woo potential swing voters. We fear John McCain may have done neither last night.

Speaking one night after his running mate Sarah Palin tremendous speech, Senator McCain seemed to be spouting the same policy-driven rhetoric he has throughout this entire campaign. Pledging to end Washington’s “partisan” culture, McCain rambled through a litany of issues, like drilling and the war in Iraq.

And it didn’t work, as Jeffrey Toobin pointed out on CNN:

…I thought it was very, very boring until the end when he started talking about his personal story, which is, of course, remarkable and always important to hear. I personally cannot remember a single policy proposal that he made because they had nothing connecting them. I found it shockingly bad.


The only interesting bit, we thought, came when McCain discussed his party’s weaknesses. Though he didn’t name names, we couldn’t help but think of Larry Craig and David Vitter, two Republicans caught in embarrassing sex scandals: Craig in an airport men’s room and Vitter with a hooker. Said the monotonous McCain:

I fight to restore the pride and principles of our party. We were elected to change Washington, and we let Washington change us. We lost the trust of the American people when some Republicans gave in to the temptations of corruption. We lost their trust when rather than reform government, both parties made it bigger. We lost their trust when instead of freeing ourselves from a dangerous dependence on foreign oil, both parties and Senator Obama passed another corporate welfare bill for oil companies. We lost their trust, when we valued our power over our principles.

Many people agree: McCain’s snooze worthy performance last night successfully undercut the Palin-generated zest. Good thing McCain says he likes a good fight, because he’s going to get one.

If you’re looking for some bedtime inspiration, here’s McCain’s speech in its entirety:

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  • Dawster

    Okay, his ‘bio video’ was a bit nauseating… nice but nauseating. they used the phrase “for our country” like 50 times (unlike Obama who will apparently just HAND the nation over to the Chinese…….)

  • DairyQueen

    So it looks like they are going to push the war/fear angle again for the 3rd time.

  • ggreen

    The speech made Log Cabinites jump up and scream daddy! Then ask “Please sir may I have another?” The very definition of ibecilic/psychotic/idiotic is to expect a different result from repeating the same action. i.e. LCR’s voting Republican. McCain will let you lick his boots if you stay in the closet faggot.

  • Tom

    I don’t understand the lovefest for Palin. Neither she nor McCain said anything of substance at the convention. It was a convention based on fear and isolation, very nazi-like.

  • MyCheapTwoCents

    I am not a Republican and probably never will be, but I was kind of afraid for the guy when he walked out to the podium. I really thought he was going to fall and break a hip or something. Seriously, anyone else notice how, well, *old* he’s acting *and* looking?

  • JJJJ

    McCain did fine. Not bad, not great. He was wise to choose Palin, the exciting one. But the conventions, both Dem and Repub, are still rah-rah-rah baloney. The coming debates are more important.

  • JJJJ

    But, at least, Ggreen, the CEO of the Repub convention wasn’t a bonafide homophobe like the Dem’s had with Leah Daughtry.

  • Rock

    Obama’s Convention speech: Exciting, visionary, inspirational, magical.

    McCain’s Convention speech:Zzzzzzzzzzzz.

  • marc

    Failed to ignite voters?????
    Why would Queerty care? You should relish in this!

    Can any LGBT tell me why in the hell they would even consider a Rebuplican president?
    The things I have read about their same-sex marriage/rights stance would be a no-brainer for me, but I feel some LGBT brothers and sisters are leaning this way.

    Could one of you explain, and slowly please.
    Thanks !

  • marco channing

    “unlike Obama who will apparently just HAND the nation over to the Chinese…….”

    Sorry, Bush has already done that through his tax cuts. Start an illegal war, cuts taxes for the rich and corporations, and borrow billions of dollars from China to pay for all of it.

    Bush and the Republican Congress made us China’s bitch. Why do you think he couldn’t boycott the Olympics? They might have asked us to pay our tab.

  • John

    Why doesn’t McCain bleach his teeth already in this day and age? All the sexy seems to be gone.

    Also, my mother resisted using a walker…the new ones are very cool with a handbrake and seat and everything…for years. Now she wouldn’t be without it.

    McCain should put vanity aside on this one.

  • key

    McCain looked like a corpse.

  • dvlaries

    The guy, for sure, had at least a quarter inch of pancake on that mug. I started worrying for him at the end; you don’t keep a man that old on his feet talking for that long. John (No. 11) is right about the teeth too – the contrasting shots with Palin showed she should be lending him her whitening strips.

  • garynyc

    Flat ? not according to the overnight polls…libs see/hear what they wish not what is actual, lets all give a nice good bye to obama and wish him well in the senate (if he can still find it) so he can vote “here” again and again which is most likely best in the long run.

  • John

    If McCain wins, he’ll have to deal with a Democratic Congress. That’s the reality of the situation. And that means absolutely nothing will get done in the first term. Frankly, whether you like Obama or not, America cannot afford four more years of inaction.

    Every projection – CQ, Rasmussen, Gallup – has the Democrats winning a commanding majority in the House (50+ seat majority) and a more solid majority in the Senate (no need for Lieberman anymore) in November.

    Sorry Republicans. But you had your chance at one-party rule and blew it. The GOP’s six year “social experiment” ended disasterously. And now it’s time to take the Democrats out for a spin.

  • Mr C

    UM Gary,

    We’ll all welcome Barack. However,you can give Obama a nice goodbye. As your munching on some Black meat in private. So no one won’t really know that you’re not prejudice. You know girl

    In After 12AM and out Before 6AM?

  • seitan-on-a-stick

    This election, the four most dangerous words will be “Too Close To Call!”

  • rick

    i loved the checkers speech and its nice pat wears a good republican cloth coat. my god nixon looked better when he was debating kennedy!
    so many yawns and boredom from the crowd.

    this week on the cover of the enquirer. VP nominate Sarah Palin and hillbilly blues.

    was mccain not aware she was a raging nut job religious bitch?

    no interviews at all for palin. no questions. weird.

  • seitan-on-a-stick

    I just want to snap McCain’s shoulders in place, it irks me.


  • Makeup

    I didn’t realize until now what a whiny voice McCain has. Along with those yellow teeth!
    He sounds even worse then Bush if that’s even poss. I wouldn’t be able to stand to listen to him for another 4 years.

  • Mani

    As a woman, I am really appalled by McCain’s selection of Sarah Palin. This is the worst example of tokenism I’ve ever seen. McCain appears to be completely reckless in his choices. I feel sick to my stomach when I think that he picked a woman with no experience with the assumption that the VP post is purely symbolic in any case. What if he dies? Does he think he is immortal and above death? Is this the example we want our daughters to see? That the only way a woman can aspire for high office is by looking “hot”, and as a “hail mary pass” for a reckless male politician. I am disgusted and sick to my stomach. McCain, you might not care about the message you are sending to your daughters and sons, and you might not care about the future of this country. But we do! And we will not let you have your reckless insulting attitude unleashed on our country.

  • iamhere2letuhaveit

    …Funny McCain Is Out Of Touch And Buffonish ,

    @412/55:58 McCain Stated,

    …I’m Grateful To The President Of The United States For Leading Us Through These Dark Days, Following The Worst Attack In American History…

    …What Bush Did Was Create An Careless War Of Revenge And Greed IN Iraq, The Imbecilic Handling Of Hurricane Katrina, Astromical Price Hikes, Being Globally Despised, Taxing The Poor, Tax Freein’ The Wealthy, All The Croyism Of These Pathetic Political Buffoons Makes Me Wanna ….


  • iamhere2letuhaveit

    …Funny But John McCain Sounds Out Of Touch And Pathetic,

    @4:12/55:58 McCain Stated,

    …I’m Grateful To The President Of The United States For Leading Us Through These Dark Days, Following The Worst Attack In American History…

    …What Bush Actually Did Was Create An Careless War Of Revenge & Greed, His Imbecilic Handling Of Katrina, Astronomical Price Hikes, Being Globally Despised, Taxing The Poor, Tax Freein’ The Wealthy, Croyism, Some Will Argue…He Even Knew About 9/11 And Sat Back, And The List Goes On And On And On…….,

    …Now Heres John McCain A Man Who Owns 7 Houses And Lawdy Only Knows What Else, A Man Who’s Vying To Be The Next President Of The USA, And Who Will Definately Continue To Keep Us On This Road To Self Destruction Alive And Kicking With His “Pit Bull In Lipstick” Who Didn’t Even Know Her Own Daughter Was Having Unprotected Sex…

  • Lance

    I love this photo!


    BOB HOPE!!!

    Oh… wait. It’s John McCain :(

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