Obama’s a gifted speaker. Probably one of the best I’ve ever seen. So McCain definitely had his work cut our for him.
However, I don’t think anybody was expecting what we saw. Because from the tagline he stole from Obama to his uncomfortable, stilted delivery, McCain’s speech has been widely seen as a big time flop. And this coming at a time where most people are just starting to pay attention.
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People I’ve talked to in the past couple days saw Obama’s speech and got goosebumps. McCain’s speech simply made them scratch their heads. And this is across the political spectrum.
Now obviously this isn’t a campaign about speeches, but being able to rally people with your words is part and parcel of being an effective leader. So McCain will need to demonstrate he can ignite the imagination of the electorate or else he is absolutely doomed.