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Thursday, September 04, 2008

What to say about McCain's speech? That it seemed to come from a highlight reel of Republican conventions from the 1980s? That it might have been nice to include some content alongside the platitudes? That it's pretty mavericky to punctuate an hour-long love letter to oneself with a jab at other people's arrogance and self-obsession?

I'm torn.

But this speech wasn't for me. It was for other people, and I have no idea how those people will react to a speech that I found terminally devoid of interest. Yes, serve your country, yes, serve principles and causes bigger than yourself, yes, please, fight for us—but how? in what way? to what ends? John McCain didn't tell us anything tonight except that he thinks John McCain is pretty awesome.