I think McCain legitimately deserves some credit for going into the NAACP, not the most friendly of venues ever for the GOP, particularly not a hotbed of support this year given the circumstances, and giving a pretty gracious and magnanimous speech:
I appreciate your kind invitation and this warm welcome to the NAACP. And by the way, this is your second invitation to me during my presidential campaign, and I hope you’ll excuse me for passing on the opportunity at your convention last year and not being here.
As you might recall, I was a bit distracted at the time dealing with what reporters uncharitably described as an implosion in my campaign. But I’m very glad that you invited me again.
Let me begin, if I may, with a few words about my opponent. Don’t tell him I said this, but he’s an impressive fellow in many ways.
He’s inspired a great many Americans, some of whom have wrongly believed that a political campaign could hold no purpose or meaning for them. This success should make Americans, all Americans, proud. Of course, I would prefer his success not to continue quite as long as he hopes, but it does make you and me proud to know the country I’ve loved and served all my life, still a work in progress and always improving.
It was actually a pretty decent speech.
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Rhetoric v. reality.