As written, I thought it was a strong speech - striking chords of economic populism that the McCain campaign desperately needs, repeatedly promising bipartisanship and distancing the ticket from the last eight years of GOP rule, balancing hawkishness with promises of wisdom and caution in foreign affairs, and building to a moving climax. As delivered, I thought it was somewhat flat, at least until the end - stepped-on by too much applause at times, running up against the convention hall's desire for redder meat at others, and hampered by McCain's own halting, none-too-fluid style of speechmaking throughout. It'll be interesting to see whether it draws as many viewers as last night's Event (doubtful), and how it plays with voters overall; for now, though, to bed.

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