An Undecided Voter Listens to McCain's Speech

McCain spoke, for most of the speech, to the undecided, to the people who don't know which way to turn, in contrast to Palin's preaching to the choir. However, toward the end, with his fight-fight-fight mantra, McCain seemed to be solely speaking to the right, an almost subliminal message to those who want a president that stands on a defense platform.

Fight for what's right for our country.

Fight for the ideals and character of a free people.

Fight for our children's future.

Fight for justice and opportunity for all.

Stand up to defend our country from its enemies.

Stand up for each other; for beautiful, blessed, bountiful America.

Stand up, stand up, stand up and fight. Nothing is inevitable here. We're Americans, and we never give up. We never quit. We never hide from history. We make history.

It was there where he showed some spark and passion that made me watch John McCain as a whole, instead of concentrating on the disturbing way his upper lip sometimes disappears.

As someone who is neither a McCain nor an Obama supporter, I watched it -- as I did Obama's -- looking for something to hook me. While his delivery left a great deal to be desired, the speech helped many of us skeptics look at McCain differently; not as the crazy in a Dr. Strangelove way that some of us viewed him in the past, but as someone who really could change the way things are done in Washington. We saw John McCain the man, not the POW, not the maverick, just a soft-spoken guy with some big ideas -- pretty good ones. I may not be completely sold, but he did stir up something within me with that last few minutes, something I have not felt in four years: a passion for my country and a desire to, dare I say it, effect change.

I thank John McCain for that bit of awakening. I call this speech a win in that it had the opposite effect of what I thought it would; instead of putting me to sleep, it woke me up. Whether the rest of the undecided feel the same way remains to be seen.