Just a bit, at the 11:30 mark. Staring into the crater that used to be the McCain campaign, he knows that’s an issue on which he can’t afford a reputation.

There’s some tension a few minutes before that over campaign finance reform, too, when he calls her “meaner than a pit bull squattin’ in a pick-up truck with the windows rolled up in July.” (No, not really.) He’s already pissing off the left, though, even while he’s lulling his own supporters into “a patriotic stupor.”

Exit question: Why on earth hasn’t his campaign put “The Hunt for Red November” on YouTube?

Link: sevenload.com

Update: Huck throws down the gauntlet. Will Fred accept? Er, no.

Update: HuffPo rounds up the reaction to Fred’s first speech. Oof.