The Lime Green Monster: McCain’s Speech Widely Panned

From The Huffington Post:

This is not to distract from McCain’s address; that too was poorly reviewed. The most biting of the criticisms came from CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin, who intoned, moments after its conclusion: “That was awful! That was pathetic!”

Josh Marshall, over at TPM, noted: “Here’s how bad it is. All the Fox commentators are giving competing explanation for why McCain’s speech sucked.”

But if you think this was strictly a liberal prerogative, here is a sampling of the Republican response to McCain’s general election launch.

Here’s Mark Levin over at National Review’s The Corner: “Not to offend those who might be offended, but this speech is a mash and tough to digest. You have to get through the self-congratulatory praise of independence and commander-in-chief pose from the Senate, then you have to try to follow the inconsistency of some of his big-government ideas vs. his anti-big-government rhetoric, and his inconsistency even on his supposed strength — the surge in Iraq vs. closing GITMO and conferring additional rights on the detainees.”

Summing up GOP sentiment was prominent Republican media consultant, Alex Castellanos, speaking on CNN: “Last I checked this was not a speech-making contest, thank God.”