I was really pissed to see protesters at the speech, showing themselves to be nothing more than a bunch of leftist nuts embarrassing themselves and illustrating the epitomy of the democratic agenda - even though this began to look as if it were going to be the highlight of his speech.
There's no doubt that McCain's speech was boring when compared to Palin's, and it did start out as empty as my bar after a good night of poker. Much like Obama's speech, McCain talked a lot but didn't say anything. Unlike Obama, McCain did extend his congratulations for winning his party's nomination and showed himself to be a true gentleman in competition admitting respect for his former competitor. Also unlike Obama, McCain kept a positive outlook and was sincere.
The speech became more interesting about 10 minutes into empty talk when he threatened the good-ole-boys that he and Palin will shake things up in DC. He then made the point clear that he wasn't interested in playing party politics and will hold politicians accountable for their actions. He discussed his experience as a maverick for shaking things up and doing what he thinks is best for the country. Really the same old same old McCain talk.
McCain did a great job separating himself from the GOP and differentiating himself from Obama in many ways:
- McCain touted his experience
- McCain said specifically what he would do with Iran
- McCain also said something I said when I ran for office which pretty much shut me out of the republican party: the party has lost its ways and needs to get back to its roots. There was a large silence in the arena when McCain dissed his own party. "We went to Washington to change Washington and Washington changed us... we lost their trust... we're going to change that"
- He told his story about how he came to love his country, why he puts his country first, and why he wants to shake things up. He stole the theme of fighting for change right from under Obama's feet.
- He proved not to be out of touch with the American people and the economic issues middle class America faces.
- Unlike Obama, McCain was specific about some of his proposed tax code changes
- McCain offered a plan to stimulate the economy by re-educating displaced workers
- McCain's plan to use vouchers for education - something I support
- McCain's plan to abolish the teachers' unions - something I also support
What I don't like about McCain's speech:
- He told republicans that he will return the party to its roots, but failed to say how.
- He spit out typical conservative rhetoric, but failed to say how he was going to lower taxes, promote individualism, maintain open markets, cut government spending, solve the health care issue
- He wasn't specific about which programs he would cut or eliminate
- He also wasn't specific about his energy plan