Debate Live: McCain Starts Quiet, Carries an Old Pen
by Geoff Kelly - posted 9:18 pm, September 26, 2008
To begin, McCain sounds a bit frail and tired, which draws down the hardass maverick caricature he’s been composing for himself.
Then he makes that crack: “What are you afraid I can’t hear him?”
It gets a laugh, and he takes some strength from it, finds his feet. Then he’s talking about bears, and then he pulls what looks like a permanent marker out of pocket and says he’s going to veto all spending bills. That’ll make government more efficient.