1.) I expect it will be short. Every second that McCain is speaking, Steve Schmidt and the rest of the McCain team die a thousand deaths.
2.) It will be relatively substance free. Expect more of the same biographical stuff, talk about character, putting country first, and other babble.
3.) It will focus on wars past, present, and future. The domestic arena will get little attention, other than probably some nonsense about drilling.
4.) I honestly don’t expect McCain to hammer Obama bluntly and blatantly. He just isn’t very good at it, and really runs the risk of being perceived as a grumpy old man yelling “GET OFF MY LAWN” when he uses the canned insults they feed him. He always gets that really awkward look on his face, and that weird smile followed by an uncomfortable “heh heh.”
5.) Expect there not to be a lime green background.
6.) He will deliver a zinger or two that won’t be actually very funny, but the crowd will act like it was the funniest thing said ever. As they should- that is thy they are there.
7.) He won’t call Obama uppity like Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA) just did.
8.) Finally, I expect him to at least once, but probably multiple times, obliquely challenge Obama’s patriotism. McCain really has nothing but sheer snarling contempt for Obama, and that has been obvious the way his campaign has behaved (and the way the speakers have behaved this week).
*** Update ***
LOL. Missed this one. Apparently the folks over at the fact free zone at Red State are pretending the teleprompter did not work for Palin last night. They are, as they are on virtually EVERYTHING, wrong.