Julie Ponzi gives McCain's victory speech last night a C+/B- : needs work. I don't disagree with her criticisms, but I think the speech reads rather well, actually. I wouldn't expect a Wisconsin primary victory speech to be very long or very specific. The main thing it does is come out very hard against Obama and that's what he has to do now: run hard against the glam couple of American politics.
I will fight every moment of every day in this campaign to make sure Americans are not deceived by an eloquent but empty call for change....
Bam! The other guy is shallow. More substantively:
We live in a world of change, some of which holds great promise for us and all mankind and some of which poses great peril. Today, political change in Pakistan is occurring that might affect our relationship with a nuclear armed nation that is indispensable to our success in combating al Qaeda in Afghanistan and elsewhere. An old enemy of American interests and ideals is leaving the world stage, and we can glimpse the hope that freedom might someday come to the people of Cuba. A self-important bully in Venezuela threatens to cut off oil shipments to our country at a time of sky-rocketing gas prices. Each event poses a challenge and an opportunity. Will the next President have the experience, the judgment experience informs, and the strength of purpose to respond to each of these developments in ways that strengthen our security and advance the global progress of our ideals? Or will we risk the confused leadership of an inexperienced candidate who once suggested invading our ally, Pakistan, and sitting down without pre-conditions or clear purpose with enemies who support terrorists and are intent on destabilizing the world by acquiring nuclear weapons?
Oo, Burn: You can't handle the change you're talking about, Buddy. There's even a bit for Michelle:
I owe America more than she has ever owed me. I have been an imperfect servant of my country for many years. I have never lived a day, in good times or bad, that I haven't been proud of the privilege.
That attitude is just infinitely more palatable to me than these two Harvard-educated yuppies (I mean it descriptively, not as an insult) pulling in a million dollars a year running around the country talking about how hard they've had it and how little the country has given them. Over time, I expect the Obama message to wear thin. And the list of political goals is alright. He'll get more specific.

I say McCain reads well. I heard snippets of it on someone's talk show this morning and thought --not for the first time-- that McCain sounds very, very tired and old. I think he should stop saying this:
I'm not the youngest candidate.
No one needs to be reminded. And maybe he should catch a little cat-nap or drink more of that strong, bad hotel coffee before these speeches.