He uses his opening time to tell people to go vote early (now, before the luster fades) and to show up at the caucuses (which are part of the complex Texas voting system). The crowd is huge but the content is vacuous. We don’t lack good ideas, he says, but rather the problem is that those evil folks in Washington crush the good ideas. (The premise is silly: that we all agree on what the good ideas are and that only decent folks like him are needed to bring them to fruition.) The “content” that we get amount to a diatribe against free trade and a rather typical John Edwards-like tale of a poor woman who lost her home. Score this round for John McCain. With a nod to immediately ending the Iraq war he then reverts to what this is really about: him. He recites his tale of running before others said he should because of the “fierce urgency of now” (a Martin Luther king, Jr. line he repeats at each of these stump and victory speeches). If this is it, McCain may have a shot.
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