Did he do it? He's not a dynamic speaker--never has been--but he certainly handled the Code Pinko nut just right--with a smile. Perhaps the campaign will send them a thank you note.
As to his laundry list, it was delivered relatively mundanely. His best moments were talking about shaking up DC, a long held conviction, and about how the world works as evidenced by "I hate war", something he holds an absolute moral authority card over (his attorney opponents have no military experience at all). The personal explanation of his Hanoi Hilton experience and how it broke him of his selfishness was necessary but it's something that can easily go overboard down the line, like Kerry's three medals.
The far right can't be very ecstatic. He bashed his own party several times and said he'd appoint Democrats in his administration. Unless he just means Lieberman (a lock) that might scare a few folks. Hillary? At least he stayed away from global warming.
But the important point amidst all the poop and pomp was the outgoing message. As Palin said, she's going to DC not for herself or to embark on some "journey", but for the people. EVERY CANDIDATE SHOULD REPEAT THIS MOTTO even if they aren't really sincere. It's the kind of America the Founders intended. Besides, if we get enough of them on tape saying it we can be use it against them later.
Speech delivery points aside, McCain seems genuine. It's always hard to tell--all we've got is a long track record to gauge things, and overall it seems to back up that opinion. He doesn't send tingles up peoples' legs but his spine seems to work pretty well. And that's probably the biggest difference between him and Obama overall, moral clarity.
Speaking of which, Obama appeared on O'Reilly tonight. Kudos to him for once again stepping into the Fox flame but kudos to OR for not putting the entire interview on one show during the final night of the convention as team Obama might have preferred.
OR will be asking him about Ayers, Annenberg and the like on Tuesday, but until then take a gander at this (embedding disabled) from 2006 if you haven't already seen it, a hearty endorsement for the only avowed socialist in Congress.