He was so good last night he’ll be an impossible act to follow.
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In addition to “carving up” President Obama, as the Hill put it, future VP Ryan spoke about the Republican ticket, both personally and politically.
On the subject of Mitt Romney as a person, Ryan said that his “decency is so obvious,” and that he lives his life (and will govern) “without excuses and idle words.” After making fun of Mitt Romney’s music preferences (heard on the campaign bus as well as in hotel elevators), Ryan noted that “Mitt has not only succeeded, but he has succeeded where others could not. [Romney] is not only a fine businessman, he’s a fine man.” Ryan added another appeal to young adults by mentioning his own music preferences: “my playlist starts with AC/DC, and ends with Zeppelin.”
Touching on an issue that former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee also broached, Ryan said of his Catholicism and Romney’s Mormonism that “our faiths come together in the same moral creed.… Each one of us was made for a reason, bearing the image and likeness of the Lord of Life.”
In the only part of his speech that touched on foreign policy, Ryan offered “the clearest possible choice” between the Republican ticket and the man currently occupying the White House: “Instead of managing American decline, leaving allies to doubt us and adversaries to test us, we will act in the conviction that the United States is the greatest force for peace and liberty that this world has ever known.”
Paraphrasing Ronald Reagan’s seminal question about Jimmy Hussein Carter, Congressman Ryan asked the obvious but rarely-stated rhetorical question: “Without a change in leadership, why would the next four years be any different than the last four years?” Speaking of change, Ryan made another pledge: “In a clean break from the Obama years, and frankly from the years before this president, we will keep federal spending at 20% of GDP or less because frankly that is enough.” It is refreshing to hear a prominent politician honestly lay at least a little of the blame at the feet of his own party, and it reinforced the perception of Ryan as a sincere man willing to tell the truth.
Near the end of his Wednesday remarks, Paul Ryan offered one of the great lines in my memory of convention speeches: “If you’re feeling left out or passed by, you have not failed. Your leaders have failed you. None of us should have to settle for the best this administration offers, a dull adventure-less journey from one entitlement to the next, a government-planned life, a country where everything is free but us.” Again quoting my wife, “He just explained ‘Socialism for Dummies’ in one sentence.”
As Congressman Ryan and his beaming family waved goodbye from the stage, two things came inevitably to mind: Mitt Romney made a tremendous choice in running mate…and now Mitt Romney has a very high hurdle to clear in his Thursday evening nomination acceptance speech in order to avoid being eclipsed by his junior partner. For now, my Australian wife would gladly be waving a “Ryan for President” sign.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online