If you didn’t know who Paul Ryan was before Wednesday night, you were in for an intense introduction.
The Vice-Presidential nominee and Wisconsin Congressman gave a rousing speech in front of an energized crowd last night in Tampa, by unleashing a calculated flurry of attacks at President Obama’s record. From the current economic crisis, to the lack of bi-partisanship, to the overall ability to lead, nothing was off of the table for Ryan.
“Without a change in leadership, why would the next four years be any different from the last four years?” Ryan said and just like he’s done many times before on capitol hill, he moved effortlessly from talking point to talking point. Medicare, Solyndra, the stimulus and as usual his delivery was first class.
He wasn’t on the attack all of the time. He joked about his taste of music compared to Mitt Romney’s (Rock to elevator music) and told the touching story of his single mother creating her business from nothing.
It was a good night for Paul Ryan and he accomplished what he had to do.
But, like Chris Christie, the featured speaker from the night before, he wasn’t the best of the night. That honor went to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice who, delivered one of the best speeches of the convention by not going negative once. She spoke about the issues, and flexed her foreign policy smarts, then she switched gears and spoke about her childhood growing up in segregated Alabama, and her journey to Washington, there wasn’t an uninspired soul in the building.
Regardless of what happens in November, you’ll hear from Condoleezza rice again.
There was also the Governor of New Mexico Susana Martinez, who’s been criticized many times on this blog but, did a fine job driving the audience to the Paul Ryan speech on prime time national television. She didn’t change my mind on her Veep Potential but, a great night for her.
This next part hurts.
Who did Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi tick off, to get that weak placement with the Georgia AG. In a cramped speech with a partner that drew comparisons to Barney Rubble on Twitter, Bondi and Rubble trudged through an clumsy attack speech that should have been burned, reformed in a laboratory, and then burned again. My heart goes out to one of the rising political stars of Florida who, I’ve witnessed do better a dozen times. Here’s hoping better opportunities come forward for her.
Tonight, the RNC will close with Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, and Mitt Romney. It’s going to be the platform the party jumps off, that will try to propel them to victory in November.