McCain’s concession featured many encomiums to Obama, which might have seemed more gracious were the gang of angry honkies he addressed in Phoenix less frighteningly surly; their truculent response — boos, grudging applause, and random bellows — made it seem as if McCain were exercising crowd control rather than delivering a valedictory. That aside, McCain was clearly moved, a little tight of jaw, and annoyed, all of which were his right and well within his character as he has displayed it. His best moment was his humorous reference to “the most challenged campaign of modern times,” in which he showed both pique and perspective. The rest was boilerplate, which was his duty, and, as always, he rose to it.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on November 4, 2008