McCain lamely tried to grasp the mantle of change last night, with a rehash of the same failed conservative policies and same dishonest politics that most folks want changed.
He accused Obama of wanting to raise taxes on everyone, when Obama's tax plan lowers taxes more for more people.
He attacked Obama for supporting corporate welfare for oil companies, when it's McCain who refuses to back the "Gang of 10" compromise that would repeal those handouts.
He said he was for clean energy, when he refused to cast the deciding vote that would have broken a conservative filibuster blocking investment in clean energy.
He claimed Obama would not oppose teacher unions (horrors!), when he has directly disagreed with them on the subject of merit pay.
He said " I'll work to establish good relations with Russia so that we need not fear a return to the Cold War," when he has been itching to bring back the Cold War by threatening to kick Russia out of the G-8.
He said Obama will "force families into a government-run health care system" when his plan rejects mandates for adults (remember the primary?), allows anyone to keep the coverage they have, and provides a choice between public and private plans.
McCain tells these lies because he has no chance to winning the swing vote on the merits, after voting with the president they all hate 90% of the time.
With that in mind, it will be interesting to see if McCain's TV audience was a big as Gov. Sarah Palin's 40M audience.
Because Palin was a political pick designed to rev up the base, But her speech clearly attracted more than base voters. And those swing voters may well have been turned off by the relentless sarcasm and lack of substance.
In other words, perhaps Palin speech's was seen by too many people, and McCain's speech -- with its lies tailored to impress swing voters -- by too few.