From NBC's Domenico Montanaro
Who does McCain think will be the nominee? In his victory speech tonight after winning Wisconsin, McCain had some choice words for Obama. And in case you missed it, he paused, laughed, winked and waited for you to get it.
"I will fight every moment of every day in this campaign to make sure Americans are not deceived by an eloquent but empty call for change," McCain said, pausing (get it yet?), then chuckling (how 'bout now?), and then with a wink (for reinforcement), "that promises no more than a holiday from history and a return to the false promises and failed policies of a tired philosophy that trusts in government more than people."
"We live in a world of change, some of which holds great promise for us and all mankind and some of which poses great peril," McCain said, then speakign on Pakistan, Afghanistan, Cuba and Venezuela. "Will the next President have the experience, the judgment experience informs, and the strength of purpose to respond to each of these developments in ways that strengthen our security and advance the global progress of our ideals? Or will we risk the confused leadership of an inexperienced candidate who once suggested invading our ally, Pakistan, and sitting down without pre-conditions or clear purpose with enemies who support terrorists and are intent on destabilizing the world by acquiring nuclear weapons?"
"I'm not the youngest candidate. But I am the most experienced."
And he struck an inspirational chord at the end…
"Don't tell me what we can't do. Don't tell me we can't make our country stronger and the world safer. We can. We must. And when I'm President we will."
All that's missing in that last bit is, "Yes, we can."
NOTE: Obama, by the way, referred to "straight talk" in his speech.