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Wolcott, reflecting on the advice of Hannity/K-Lo that McCain “find his voice” by modeling his public demeanor after Bernie and Mittens, who delivered, I dunno, the awesomest concession speeches ever(?), or something:

So let me see if I have this right. The way for John McCain to inspire conservatives is to echo the concession speeches of two guys he beat, charging into battle to the faint distant trumpets of a valedictory address? He should meet the historical moment by acting as if he’s halfway out the door, ready to leave? I don’t know, conducting your presidential campaign as a Victor Borge farewell tour doesn’t seem to me to be the smartest way to go, but then I don’t have the keen stereoscopic mind of Sean Hannity, whose blatant partisanship did so much for Rudy Giuliani’s candidacy.

Not having television, I read McCain’s speech last night and found it to be a fairly clever, if completely disingenuous, effort to restate the case that he’s Teh Maverick. His smarmy pitch for Hillary supporters, for example, really needs to be mashed up with his unashamed chuckling upon being asked how to “beat the bitch” by that 234-year-old New Hampshire voter. In any case, for once I agreed with McCain’s apologists, who’ve been reduced to insisting that the speech “read well.”

Then I remembered that the words on the page had most likely come by way of the kazoo that resides in John McCain’s throat, and I felt much better about the whole thing. Now having watched the video, of course, I agree that it amounts to one of the great horror shows in recent political history. It might very well recede into oblivion, or it might eventually proved to be a synecdochical moment in the campaign, condensing his essential weirdness into a few lime green minutes. Either way, I’m looking forward to the debates in the same way I look forward to throwing old pumpkins off the roof of my house a few weeks after Halloween.

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  • Mike

    It’s OK with me if McCain wants to concede now.

  • Mike

    It’s OK with me if McCain wants to concede now.

  • coozledad

    “The kazoo that resides in McCain’s throat…lime green minutes”.
    This is poetry.

  • coozledad

    “The kazoo that resides in McCain’s throat…lime green minutes”.
    This is poetry.

  • To really get a sense of how awful the speech was, it was best to watch the news last night, as they switched from Obama (huge rally; excited supporters; great speech delivery), to Clinton (huge rally; excited supporters; pretty good speech delivery) to McCain (small speech; bored supporters; awkward as hell delivery) and back again.
    It was impossible to see that and not be convinced Democrats would soon be in the White House.

  • To really get a sense of how awful the speech was, it was best to watch the news last night, as they switched from Obama (huge rally; excited supporters; great speech delivery), to Clinton (huge rally; excited supporters; pretty good speech delivery) to McCain (small speech; bored supporters; awkward as hell delivery) and back again.
    It was impossible to see that and not be convinced Democrats would soon be in the White House.

  • mds

    Either way, I’m looking forward to the debates in the same way I look forward to throwing old pumpkins off the roof of my house a few weeks after Halloween.
    Yup, I’m looking forward to Senator Obama absolutely thrashing McCain in the debates. Whereupon McCain is narrowly elected President based upon:
    (1) stupidity about McCain’s moderate mavericktude, abetted by the MSM;
    (2) virulent racism about the Negro, no matter how “well-spoken”;
    (3) yet more large-scale disenfranchisement of Democratic voters, legal and illegal; and
    (4) the support of those who agree that the country is in the toilet, but will yet again disregard that in order to have more Islamofascists slaughtered in the name of Jesus.
    I mean, come on, there was at most one debate in 2004 when the incumbent didn’t sound like a smug pig-ignorant asshole. Where’s that President Kerry I was promised to go with my flying car?

  • mds

    Either way, I’m looking forward to the debates in the same way I look forward to throwing old pumpkins off the roof of my house a few weeks after Halloween.
    Yup, I’m looking forward to Senator Obama absolutely thrashing McCain in the debates. Whereupon McCain is narrowly elected President based upon:
    (1) stupidity about McCain’s moderate mavericktude, abetted by the MSM;
    (2) virulent racism about the Negro, no matter how “well-spoken”;
    (3) yet more large-scale disenfranchisement of Democratic voters, legal and illegal; and
    (4) the support of those who agree that the country is in the toilet, but will yet again disregard that in order to have more Islamofascists slaughtered in the name of Jesus.
    I mean, come on, there was at most one debate in 2004 when the incumbent didn’t sound like a smug pig-ignorant asshole. Where’s that President Kerry I was promised to go with my flying car?

  • Jay B.

    Yeah and Kerry was exactly as good in delivery as Obama. And 2004 is exactly like 2008 (and not at all like 2006).
    Really, you don’t even see the tiniest bit of difference? The GOP is less popular than genital warts. Gas costs more than $4 bucks. McCain is 200 years old. He can’t even claim God the way that unctious bastard in the White House does.
    War = Bad. Economy = Hellish. Health Care = Worse than Ever. Gas = Catastrophe.

  • Jay B.

    Yeah and Kerry was exactly as good in delivery as Obama. And 2004 is exactly like 2008 (and not at all like 2006).
    Really, you don’t even see the tiniest bit of difference? The GOP is less popular than genital warts. Gas costs more than $4 bucks. McCain is 200 years old. He can’t even claim God the way that unctious bastard in the White House does.
    War = Bad. Economy = Hellish. Health Care = Worse than Ever. Gas = Catastrophe.

  • Jay B.

    McCain’s terrible speech = Good for Republicans.

  • Jay B.

    McCain’s terrible speech = Good for Republicans.

  • What do you have against genital warts?

  • What do you have against genital warts?

  • mds

    Really, you don’t even see the tiniest bit of difference?
    Actually, I do. A much more inspirational candidate who’s been able to return punches is great. So is having plenty of money. And massive nationwide voter registration is terrific. On the other hand, John Edwards wasn’t continuing to diss Kerry’s electability in June, while his diehard followers vowed to vote for Bush in November. And certainly, Bush and the GOP are wildly unpopular. Make sure to remind the media and the low-information swing voters (you know: morons) that McCain is a member of the GOP who has promised to continue or increase every vile policy of the current administration, will you? Because even progressives like Ezra Klein feel the need to note that President McCain would be better than Bush on climate change, even though there’s no reason whatsoever to believe that.
    Look, I want to believe. I believe our chances are good. And I’m not just going to crouch in my basement; I’ll continue to offer my widow’s mites to the Obama campaign. But I stayed up late four years ago biting my nails over Ohio. It never pays to underestimate the stupidity of the American electorate. Yes, the war is unpopular and the economy is in the crapper. But the Democrats are running a gay pro-abortion anti-gun foreign-born black Muslim. I think that this will be insufficient this time around. But I’d prefer to be pleasantly surprised over crushingly disappointed for a change. I rewatch footage of imported Republican thugs violently threatening ballot counters in Florida in 2000, and I remember that there is nothing too vile or illegal for the Republican Party.

  • mds

    Really, you don’t even see the tiniest bit of difference?
    Actually, I do. A much more inspirational candidate who’s been able to return punches is great. So is having plenty of money. And massive nationwide voter registration is terrific. On the other hand, John Edwards wasn’t continuing to diss Kerry’s electability in June, while his diehard followers vowed to vote for Bush in November. And certainly, Bush and the GOP are wildly unpopular. Make sure to remind the media and the low-information swing voters (you know: morons) that McCain is a member of the GOP who has promised to continue or increase every vile policy of the current administration, will you? Because even progressives like Ezra Klein feel the need to note that President McCain would be better than Bush on climate change, even though there’s no reason whatsoever to believe that.
    Look, I want to believe. I believe our chances are good. And I’m not just going to crouch in my basement; I’ll continue to offer my widow’s mites to the Obama campaign. But I stayed up late four years ago biting my nails over Ohio. It never pays to underestimate the stupidity of the American electorate. Yes, the war is unpopular and the economy is in the crapper. But the Democrats are running a gay pro-abortion anti-gun foreign-born black Muslim. I think that this will be insufficient this time around. But I’d prefer to be pleasantly surprised over crushingly disappointed for a change. I rewatch footage of imported Republican thugs violently threatening ballot counters in Florida in 2000, and I remember that there is nothing too vile or illegal for the Republican Party.

  • John Casey

    John McCain!
    …because we wanna beat up Bob Dole all over again.

  • John Casey

    John McCain!
    …because we wanna beat up Bob Dole all over again.

  • I was astonished at how bad McCains’s speech was…and it was acutely painful to compare it to the rock concert virtuosity of Obama’s speech later.
    But, what do I know. I’m just another disgruntled Republican that’s voting for Obama anyway.

  • I was astonished at how bad McCains’s speech was…and it was acutely painful to compare it to the rock concert virtuosity of Obama’s speech later.
    But, what do I know. I’m just another disgruntled Republican that’s voting for Obama anyway.

  • va

    I think McCain’s speech was an ingenious Rovian dirty trick to set the bar almost impossibly low. All subsequent speeches will be touted as Churchillian in comparison. I mean, clearly.

  • va

    I think McCain’s speech was an ingenious Rovian dirty trick to set the bar almost impossibly low. All subsequent speeches will be touted as Churchillian in comparison. I mean, clearly.

  • strategichamlet

    “But the Democrats are running a gay pro-abortion anti-gun foreign-born black Muslim.”
    Obama’s gay? That’s news to me.
    I do agree that his extreme anti-gun views are a problem. With his record on the issue gun owners will fight him like a demon out of hell which will make Pennsylvania and Ohio significantly harder to win.

  • strategichamlet

    “But the Democrats are running a gay pro-abortion anti-gun foreign-born black Muslim.”
    Obama’s gay? That’s news to me.
    I do agree that his extreme anti-gun views are a problem. With his record on the issue gun owners will fight him like a demon out of hell which will make Pennsylvania and Ohio significantly harder to win.

  • d

    Obama’s gay? That’s news to me.
    I think there’s a YouTube clip out there from a crazy man who claims to have given and/or received a BJ from and/or to Obama.
    None of this will matter, though, when the Lieberman-Bush-McCain bukkake video hits the web.

  • d

    Obama’s gay? That’s news to me.
    I think there’s a YouTube clip out there from a crazy man who claims to have given and/or received a BJ from and/or to Obama.
    None of this will matter, though, when the Lieberman-Bush-McCain bukkake video hits the web.

  • Jay B.

    a demon out of hell which will make Pennsylvania and Ohio significantly harder to win.
    You can take my job but no one’s taking my gun, even though no one would in any conceivable way!
    Lovin it!

  • Jay B.

    a demon out of hell which will make Pennsylvania and Ohio significantly harder to win.
    You can take my job but no one’s taking my gun, even though no one would in any conceivable way!
    Lovin it!

  • strategichamlet

    “even though no one would in any conceivable way!”
    I largely agree with you, which is why I’ll be voting for him, but it is awfully easy for you to poo poo the concerns of people about losing a right that you’d just assume lose anyway. And the fact stands that Obama is about as extreme anti-gun as a major national politician can be.

  • strategichamlet

    “even though no one would in any conceivable way!”
    I largely agree with you, which is why I’ll be voting for him, but it is awfully easy for you to poo poo the concerns of people about losing a right that you’d just assume lose anyway. And the fact stands that Obama is about as extreme anti-gun as a major national politician can be.

  • Jay B.

    but it is awfully easy for you to poo poo the concerns of people about losing a right that you’d just assume lose anyway.
    Says you. I don’t assume I’d lose it. Under any imaginable circumstance.
    Maybe an automatic weapon here or there. Perhaps some shoulder-mounted weaponry. Gun sales are a pretty dicey enterprise, it’d be nice to have a little more oversight. But lose the right to own a 1,000 guns if you so choose?
    It won’t happen. Not even with a President who doesn’t think everyone should be able to carry a concealed glock.
    Really. It doesn’t take a particularly deep understanding of politics and the current Democratic stance on gun control to see this.

  • Jay B.

    but it is awfully easy for you to poo poo the concerns of people about losing a right that you’d just assume lose anyway.
    Says you. I don’t assume I’d lose it. Under any imaginable circumstance.
    Maybe an automatic weapon here or there. Perhaps some shoulder-mounted weaponry. Gun sales are a pretty dicey enterprise, it’d be nice to have a little more oversight. But lose the right to own a 1,000 guns if you so choose?
    It won’t happen. Not even with a President who doesn’t think everyone should be able to carry a concealed glock.
    Really. It doesn’t take a particularly deep understanding of politics and the current Democratic stance on gun control to see this.

  • Jay B.

    And I must have missed his “As President, I’m gonna take your gun cracker” speech.

  • Jay B.

    And I must have missed his “As President, I’m gonna take your gun cracker” speech.

  • Darkrose

    None of this will matter, though, when the Lieberman-Bush-McCain bukkake video hits the web.
    This is wrong on so many levels I can’t even count them.
    I hate you for giving me that visual.

  • Darkrose

    None of this will matter, though, when the Lieberman-Bush-McCain bukkake video hits the web.
    This is wrong on so many levels I can’t even count them.
    I hate you for giving me that visual.

  • Nixon looked like a vampire. Bush I is even harder to listen to than his son, Bush II.
    Could it be that lots of Americans don’t want to vote for people who are smarter and/or cuter than they are?

  • Nixon looked like a vampire. Bush I is even harder to listen to than his son, Bush II.
    Could it be that lots of Americans don’t want to vote for people who are smarter and/or cuter than they are?

  • d

    Sorry, Darkrose. Here’s a transcript of the conversation my wife and I had this evening after she read that comment:
    Wife: What’s “bukkake?”
    Me: Well….
    Wife: [long pause] Men are disgusting.

  • d

    Sorry, Darkrose. Here’s a transcript of the conversation my wife and I had this evening after she read that comment:
    Wife: What’s “bukkake?”
    Me: Well….
    Wife: [long pause] Men are disgusting.

  • Mike

    “Democracy is that system of government under which the people, having 60,000,000 native-born adult whites to choose from, including thousands who are handsome and many who are wise, pick out a Coolidge to be head of state. It is as if a hungry man, set before a banquet prepared by master cooks and covering a table an acre in area, should turn his back upon the feast and stay his stomach by catching and eating flies.”
    — H.L.Mencken

  • Mike

    “Democracy is that system of government under which the people, having 60,000,000 native-born adult whites to choose from, including thousands who are handsome and many who are wise, pick out a Coolidge to be head of state. It is as if a hungry man, set before a banquet prepared by master cooks and covering a table an acre in area, should turn his back upon the feast and stay his stomach by catching and eating flies.”
    — H.L.Mencken

  • Leaking Geek

    synecdochical moment
    That about sums up the Republican Kabuki to come in the fall.
    You get a cookie!

  • Leaking Geek

    synecdochical moment
    That about sums up the Republican Kabuki to come in the fall.
    You get a cookie!

  • Wife: What’s “bukkake?”
    Me: Well….
    Wife: [long pause] Men are disgusting.
    Yep. I just about vomited the first…and only…time I saw a “bukkake” picture. Vile does not begin to describe it.

  • Wife: What’s “bukkake?”
    Me: Well….
    Wife: [long pause] Men are disgusting.
    Yep. I just about vomited the first…and only…time I saw a “bukkake” picture. Vile does not begin to describe it.

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