Thursday, June 05, 2008

the mchoneymoon is over

the reviews are in and even fox news couldn't spin this one ...

"john mccain had better start working on his speech-making and learn how to use a teleprompter."

"john mccain sounded old."
— mort kondrake, roll call (fox news)

"... last i checked this was not a speech-making contest. thank god!"
— alex costellanos, republican strategist (cnn)

"what about that mccain speech? that was awful ... that was pathetic! he looked awful. he looked catatonic. i mean that audience, that handful of people. you've got 20,000 people in minnesota [listening to obama] and, like, a couple hundred in louisiana ... where [mccain's] struggling with the teleprompter. i mean, i thought that was one of the worst speeches that i've ever seen him give."
— jeffrey toobin, legal analyst (cnn)

"i thought the green backdrop was pretty awful."
— david gergen, analyst (cnn)

"does he need help in presenting a case for himself?"
— anderson cooper (cnn)

"we're just trying to lower expectations now."
— alex costellanos, republican strategist (cnn)

"i gotta give 'em credit, the mccain people: they put a room together where john mccain's the youngest person in the room!"
— james carville, clinton strategist (cnn)

"it's kinda painful, at least tonight, listening to john mccain."
— mort kondrake, roll call (fox news)

"this was really a hopeless night for mccain to really match up with obama. he shouldn't have tried in the first place."
— bill kristol, weekly standard (fox news)


... nope, no gold spun out of that one — but not for the lack of trying:

"i think we would agree that this was a speech that was better on the printed page than it was coming from john mccain's mouth."
— chris wallace (fox news)

"let's not be mistaken — this speech tonight by john mccain may be the best he's given on the campaign trail."
— harold ford, chairman, democratic leadership council (fox news)


let campaign '08 begin!

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