With that in mind, it probably won't help that no one seemed to think McCain's speech was any good.
* Jeffrey Toobin on CNN: "I thought it was the worst speech by a nominee that I've heard since Jimmy Carter in 1980.... I personally cannot remember a single policy proposal that he made because they had nothing connecting them. I found it shockingly bad."
* Former Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson on MSNBC: "The policy in the speech was rather typical for a Republican. Pretty disappointing. It didn't do a lot of outreach to moderates and independents on issues that they care about. It talked, about issues like drilling and school choice which was really speaking to the converted. I think that was a missed opportunity."
* David Gergen on CNN: "It was mostly a rerun, retread of a lot of old Republican ideas that have brought us to where we are now. I think the country is looking for fresh answers."
* Rachel Maddow on MSNBC: "Honestly it was sort of like a long term paper about Bush Republican economics.... But people aren't mad at Barack Obama about the economy people are mad at George Bush about the economy and he just proposed a lot of Bush's economic ideas. I think he really missed that."
* Juan Williams on Fox News: "I don't think it worked very well at all."
* New York Times Liveblog: "Sleepy? Our colleague Patrick Healy reports from the floor: There is a delegate in the Utah section and a delegate in Puerto Rico who are both drooping, eyes closed -- look asleep -- both are men."
The word "homerun" doesn't exactly come to mind.