January 08, 2008
New Hampshire candidate speeches
Judging a candidate by their eloquence on the stump often times is a shallow and superficial thing to do. But John McCain's victory speech was about as dull and underwhelming as any I've seen.
It wasn't for lack of enthusiasm by his supporters. The McCainiacs in the audience were riled up, chanting "USA" and shouting "Mac is Back".
Instead of Big Mac going on the attack it seemed like he was almost giving a farewell address before riding off into the sunset. Obviously McCain was tired, who wouldn't be after days on the trail. It makes one wish the old war hero from 2000 could be transplanted into today's debate to add a bit of fuel to the fire.
As for poor Mitt Romney this is one of the first times I've seen him shaken and off his game plan. Obviously he has earned "Two silvers and a gold" in Iowa, New Hampshire and Wyoming. Mitt looked rather shocked and wide-eyed like a deer caught in the headlights of the Straight-Talk Express. His repeated use of "Washington needs..." was eerily reminiscent in terms of style to the prelude to Howard Dean's infamous Iowa speech in 2004 where the Democrat rattled off the name of every state in the union before issuing the scream heard round the world. Fortunately for Romney he didn't go that far.
Mike Huckabee was his usual upbeat self, tonight, using humor and self-deprecation to endear himself to television viewers. The Arkansas governor is the most eloquent speaker of the Republican candidates. Add the fact that he is a genuine conservative unlike the original "Big Three" McCain, Romney and Giuliani one can expect good things for Huck as he continues to gain momentum.
Note: Still waiting for all the videos to be posted before linking. CNN has some. Democrats are yet to speak.
Barack Obama The Builder has given his "Yes We Can!" victory/concession speech. It was pretty much the same style of all his efforts. It primarily focused on the memories of prior American heroes, JFK, MLK while casting himself as an heir to their legacy. Rather than "change" which Illinois politician also talks about, it is rather his positive and upbeat message which attracts the young voters.
John Edwards has proven himself to be one of the more despicable figures in American politics. His efforts in Iowa and New Hampshire draw a collective "eeewww" with his harping on drug companies killing off innocent children and lies about 200,000 homeless veterans sleeping on sidewalks. The Chevy truck advertising jingle "This is our Country" was a bizarre choice of music.
Hillary has "found her voice" and trotted out the old "comeback" line that I seem to recall reading about being the catch-phrase of some other presidential candidate. Her showing in New Hampshire is a pleasant surprise. Republicans everywhere can join her supporters by saying "Go Hillary, Go!" Keep the Democratic presidential race competitive all the way to the conventions and bleed every DNC contributor dry.
Posted by DonWard at January 08, 2008
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1. Yes, McCain's speech was boring. Maybe he was tired, but so was everyone else, including Obama, who gave one humdinger of a speech. Even gave his campaign supporters their slogan going forward, "Yes, We Can". He is formidable. Charismatic, gifted speaker, youthful, impassioned, and likeable. Coupled with his extremely liberal politics, that's downright dangerous, and is why I am fervently hoping Billary will win the nomination.
I have now listened to Edwards and Obama and both employ the same Democrat ploy of speaking to people's emotions. Both hammer their socialist ideals into the hearts of their foolish and gullible followers, leaning heavily on buzz words while providing few specifics. But Hillary wins the day after shedding a few crocodile tears for yesterday's 5 o'clock news.
Lets hope that by November voters will grow weary of "change" and demand explanations from their candidate as to how they will withdraw from Iraq, defeat al Qaeda in Afghanistan and avoid conflict with Iran. And after explaining all that, how they will pay for socialized medicine, return family-wage jobs (from foreign countries) to the middle class and pay for raises to school teachers. Obama promised all this to his cheering audience, although he didn't indicate what he'd accomplish during rest of his first day in office. I think we need to ask, because we know the media won't .
3. Yes, John Edwards (or "Con Edwards" as Medved calls him) IS really annoying. The things he says are often strange andor goofy. And to anyone who hasn't seen the youtube footage of him busily coifing himself, please do yourself the favor and look it up for a chuckle. I know that men are more picky about their hair than they like to let on, but NO pretend-man who's THAT obsessed with his hair is ever getting my vote.
4. Huckabee's a "genuine conservative"? According to what metric? Big-government populism combined with empty religious rhetoric does not a conservative make.
5. Holy hairspray Michelle, I saw Edwards on you tube.
Saturday Night Live could have a field day with that one.
6. Hector @ 4, you took the question right out of my mouth (or fingers, as the case may be). It's almost like we need to put some sort of trademark on the term "conservative," and sue for infringement... except that that would make us lawsuit-happy fans of more regulation of free speech. Damn. It sounded like a good idea for part of a second.
Hector & TB,
Yes Huckabee is a genuine conservative. Using state tax money to improve a state's highway and infrastructure is a conservative value. Anything else is either liberalism, or worse, libertarianism.
You think it and it sounds nice to hear, but sorry, Huckabee is no conservative. He's a pro-life Bloomberg, who knows maybe even Edwards. He's only more conservative than the first Clinton on the social issues. He's used the evangelicals, and he'll usher in the end of the GOP if elected. Instapunk puts it better than I can:
9. Don, trust me, we're not ganging up on him over a little infrastructure spending. If that's all it was, I'd have a 4' x 4' poster of Huckabee's face in my front window.