Change is a the hot political theme this season and that don’t think that John McCain’s campaign hasn’t noticed.

I listened to John’s victory speech on the radio last night while driving home from a primary-results-watching party and what I remember most about the speech was his constant use of ‘my friends’ – but that’s probably just because I was looking for that. Or maybe it was just the way John delivered the speech. I’m not sure.

But when I read the full text of the speech today I realized two things:

1. John McCain’s speechwriter is actually pretty good and
2. The victory speech actually had two primary themes: Patriotism and, of course, Change.

Much of the speech focuses on how John McCain is more patriotic than his “opponent” – i.e. whoever the dems nominate… “Presidential candidates are judged on their records, their character and the whole of their life experiences.”

Yes, we get it John. Thanks for your service. What else do you have for us?

So then argues that HIS campaign “will be more than another tired debate of false promises, empty sound bites, or useless arguments from the past.”

Ah… NOW we’re getting somewhere.

And it’s here he starts talking about ‘the future’ and the ‘challenges that will confront America on our watch’. And he begins a laundry list of things in America that he will approach differently- i.e. things he wants to change.

Funny thing though- unlike Obama and Clinton who throw around the word ‘Change’ in every speech – McCain coopts the concept but never actually uses the word.

Like I said- good speechwriter.

Here’s a part of his closing that provide a good example of the Change and Patriotism themes in action:

We’re not a country that prefers nostalgia to optimism; a country that would rather go back than forward. We’re the world’s leader, and leaders don’t pine for the past and dread the future. We make the future better than the past. We don’t hide from history. We make history. That, my friends, is the essence of hope in America, hope built on courage, and faith in the values and principles that have made us great.

In short- America is the awesome leader of the world and, with God on our side, we are gonna make this world a better (read: more like us) place whether you Godless heathens want us to or not!

I’m not sure THAT’S the kind of change Americans are looking for, John. Well- at least not the Americans I know.

How about maybe making ‘the future better than the past’ by making sure Americans aren’t unhealthy?

Or by ‘having the courage’ to convince the rest of the world that all Americans aren’t fucking assholes that want to invade and occupy their country?

Maybe we could start there.

Anyway- here’s the cloud for the McCain speech…