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August 29, 2012

RNC Thread Night Two, Thread 1: McCain

I don't think he's moving any needles.

Overall: If you notice, no one's dropping any Zingers.

This may be because Romney sent word he wanted a Serious and Sober campaign. It may be because the media mau-maued the Republicans about their nonexistent connection to tropical storm (now downgraded) Isaac.

It could be both.

Now, if you're wondering what's missing, I think it's the Zingers. Even when they're kind of dumb (and they usually are), they're an important part of the flow and crowd energy of a convention.

And this one has almost none.

I wouldn't call this a "mistake" so much as a "choice" I don't prefer. You can go this route, and try to project (in my mind) an overly serious image. I suppose you get something from that.

But I think you lose a lot. The crowd just isn't amped up and in a party frame of mind, and I think that's because so much of the convention's fare is Nutritious Vegetables.

You need wine & dessert for a party.

The media will, by the way, characterize it as "dour" (the negative version of sober and serious), but that's no big deal, since if it were entertaining and light they would have called it "raucous and filled with fluff and cheap gags."

So, we're not going to win there, no matter what happens.

Still... any chance Ann Coulter can dash off a series of 20 good barbs for speakers to incorporate into their speeches?

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