Choice John McCain quotes from his primetime RNC speech:
Americans have a rendezvous with destiny.
Only the most deluded of us could doubt the necessity of this war. This war will have its ups and downs; but we must fight. We must.
War is an awful business [...] But there is no avoiding this war. We tried that - and our reluctance cost us dearly.
Our choice was not between the benign status quo or the bloodshed of war; it was between war and a graver threat. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
What our enemies have sought to destroy is beyond their reach. It cannot be taken from us; it can only be surrendered.
We're Americans. We'll never surrender. They will.
Also interestingly, McCain's shot at Michael Moore ("a disingenuous filmmaker who would have you believe Saddam's Iraq was an oasis of peace when, in fact, it was a place of indescribable cruelty, torture, mass graves, and prisons") was telegraphed by the cameras, focusing on him (there as USA Today
's convention commentator) about ten seconds early. The jackass seemed to enjoy the attention, too, despite the attention being about a minute straight of boos that turned into a chant of "Four More Years." Perhaps, as in his insistence of "what really happened" at the Oscars in 2003
, he really can't tell the difference between a crowd's adoration and utter contempt for him?