It's an informative contrast to Obama's big speech, which I think aimed more directly at McCain than McCain aimed at Obama. The Republican doesn't want to take on Obama in the realm of lofty oratory one of the Democrats greatest strengths but stick to the ground game. Gov. Sarah Palin, of course, did a job of cutting into Obama already.
In a broad sense, this seems to be a matter of bringing Obama down to earth for the Republicans, and for the Democrats a matter of making this election a referendum on history.
But it's worth looking at what some of our readers thought. Some found McCain, in his persistent, duty-bound way, as inspiring as others find Obama.