There's been much comment about the terrible optics of last night's McCain speech, which made the Arizona Senator look like a stilted fogey in front of a green-screen:

That this man has to compete with Obama--he of 9 jillion person rallies--strikes us as a bit unfair.

So, in the interest of creating a level playing field, we've put together some alternate backdrops that might render McCain events more exciting:

Sharks. Definitely more exciting.

Or a nod to our friends in the Middle East.

A way to reach today's rock-and-roll-obsessed youth.

Or, failing that, McCain can't go wrong evoking a simple high-school senior portrait.

--Nicole Allan, Bess Kalb, and Barron YoungSmith