McCain's speech - It was mostly boilerplate Republican policy, but the "blessed by misfortune" part was riveting and his peroration had a touch of Sunday preacher as he spoke over a cheering crowd as he urged them to "fight with me."
Update - A successful balloon drop!
Super-mega-update! - They're playing "Barracuda" by Heart! No way! Totally AWESOME!
Flashback to yesterday - "As for me, I'll fall over backward if they bring her [Palin] in to Heart's "Barracuda."
Pump it up to eleven!
Update - Howard Wolfson, who had nothing bad to say about Sarah Palin yesterday, criticized the speech as out of touch and unconvincing for independent voters. Charles Krauthammer disagrees in that McCain had some specific policy positions in a "workmanlike" speech.
My feeling is that it was a mostly forgettable speech which is unfortunate because it's obvious that John McCain is a remarkable man, cut from the cloth of a different American era. He's not eloquent, but he's genuine. Will that be enough for the Republican ticket? We'll see.