POLITICS
06/17/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Bill Kristol: 'McCain's Campaign Doesn't Seem Up To The Task Of Electing John McCain'

Hillary Clinton's concession speech Saturday was the story of the weekend. But the dueling speeches by John McCain and Barack Obama on Tuesday night, after the last primaries, are what voters -- and campaign operatives -- should be revisiting.

McCain chose to speak early in the evening, before the polls closed in South Dakota and Montana, thereby getting the jump on Obama. He read a disjointed set of remarks at a badly staged rally at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner, La. Here's part of an e-mail message I received as McCain spoke, from a Republican who admires him: "They could have done so well tonight, shown a tone of confidence. Instead it looks like a bad Congressional race: dumb green puke background, small crowd ... Makes me want to cry."

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