One of the benefits to staying up all night with a new born, you get to watch late night TV. I watched McCain, the 9/11 widows, and Guiliani.
McCain was too boring until the very end (transcript). He's never really been a dynamic speaker - the context was powerful, but the delivery was not very energetic. Dick Cheney will be much more enjoyable. McCain's dig at that asshat Moore was perfect, though. And his ending was right on target. The transcript doesn't include the pitch of his voice and canter of his speech.
...My friends, we are again met on the field of political competition with our fellow countrymen.
It's more than appropriate, it's necessary that even in times of crisis we have these contests and engage in spirited disagreement over the shape and course of our government.
We have nothing to fear from each other. We are arguing over the means to better secure our freedom and support the general welfare.
But it should remain an argument among friends who share an unshaken belief in our great cause and in the goodness of each other.
We are Americans first, Americans last, and Americans always.
Let us argue -- let us argue our differences, but remember we are not enemies, but comrades in a war against a real enemy, and take courage from the knowledge that our military superiority is matched only by the superiority of our ideals and our unconquerable love for them.
Our adversaries are weaker than us in arms and men, but weaker still in causes. They fight to express -- they fight to express a hatred for all that is good in humanity. We fight for love of freedom and justice, a love that is invincible.
Keep that faith. Keep your courage. Stick together. Stay strong. Do not yield. Do not flinch. Stand up. Stand up with our president and fight.
We're Americans. We're Americans, and we'll never surrender. They will.
But Rudy? Can Rudy work a room or what (transcript
)? He had me laughing, angry, sad, proud, etc. Good speech.
...But it is important to see the contrast in approach between the two men; President Bush, a leader who is willing to stick with difficult decisions even as public opinion shifts, and John Kerry, whose record in elected office suggests a man who changes his position often even on important issues.
When Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1990, John Kerry voted against the Persian Gulf War. Later he said he actually supported the war.
Then in 2002, as he was calculating his run for president, he voted for the war in Iraq.
And then just 9 months later, he voted against an $87 billion supplemental budget to fund the war and support our troops.
He even, at one point, declared himself an anti-war candidate. Now, he says he's pro-war. At this rate, with 64 days left, he still has time to change his position at least three or four more times.
My point about John Kerry being inconsistent is best described in his own words when he said, "I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it."
Maybe this explains John Edwards' need for two Americas -- one where John Kerry can vote for something and another where he can vote against the same thing...
Who needs to focus on four months in Vietnam when the rest of John Kerry's life is a freakin' mess?
I just read that Kerry is preparing an address in response to George Bush's speech Thursday. He must be quaking in his boots, er, his five hundred dollar Italian loafers...
Update: NRO's Ramesh Ponurru thinks McCain was better than Guiliani (I think that's the first time I've linked to NRO).
My wife thinks Cheney will still step down for McCain. I was trying to see if there were odds in Vegas on it. Anyone know how to find that out? (No, I am not going to call your bookie)