Scaborough: 'It wasn't the most inspiring speech. It seemed a little flat to a lot of us. But does that really matter to you guys?'
McCain campaign manager Rick Davis: 'No - I think you gotta look at what we're trying to do. What we're trying to do is have a conversation with the American people.'
Scarborough: 'You can't have a conversation if they're asleep.'
And New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, whom I rarely read but did today, not on McCain but on how his hand-picked surrogates are trying to exploit the politics of resentment:
Can the super-rich former governor of Massachusetts — the son of a Fortune 500 C.E.O. who made a vast fortune in the leveraged-buyout business — really keep a straight face while denouncing “Eastern elites”?
Can the former mayor of New York City, a man who, as USA Today put it, “marched in gay pride parades, dressed up in drag and lived temporarily with a gay couple and their Shih Tzu” — that was between his second and third marriages — really get away with saying that Barack Obama doesn’t think small towns are sufficiently “cosmopolitan”? ...
Yes, they can... Don’t be fooled either by Mr. McCain’s long-ago reputation as a maverick or by Ms. Palin’s appealing persona: the Republican Party, now more than ever, is firmly in the hands of the angry right, which has always been much bigger, much more influential and much angrier than its counterpart on the other side.