McCain Reaction

James Poulos:

This convention has relied on one drab, perfunctory speech after another to repeat a mantra that wears precious thin after the first listen: because McCain was a prisoner of war back then, he is a hero today, and because he is a hero today, he should be President tomorrow. …

The humility that makes John McCain a hero has been buried by his own campaign. His message of respect and admiration for Barack Obama grates sharply with the style and tone of his ads, assembled and produced by Bush men. On that and related points (including his appeal for Americans to stop shouting at each other), McCain’s rhetoric, which sounded so sincere, like the real McCain, pales in comparison to the snide and smug feel of the McCain campaign — which has taken on a life of its own that somewhat dwarfs and diminishes its candidate. 


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