Oh my! So, I’ve just finished watching about 4 hours of the Republican National Convention. I’ve never seen such a better run of consecutive speeches in my life. Each speech was good, each succeeding speech was better than the prior. Even the quips were like that! Rand Paul, McCain, Pawlenty, Huckabee, Condi Rice, Martinez, and Ryan, all of them were outstanding! Thume and Portman were great, too!
If anyone was worried about Ryan’s ability to excite the base, they can’t possibly be now. His speech was upbeat, moving, touching, and stirring. He didn’t just connect, he hit it out of the park.
The best quote of the night: “College graduates should not have to live out their 20s in their childhood bedrooms, staring up at fading Obama posters and wondering when they can move out and get going with life,” —–Paul Ryan
Runner up: “Barack Obama is the tattoo president . Like a big tattoo, it seemed cool when you were young, but later on, that decision doesn’t look so good and you wonder: what was I thinking? The worst part is, you’re going to have to explain it to your kids.” ——- Tim Pawlenty
Second Runner up: “Barack Obama has failed in his presidency, but many people fail at their first job.” ——– Tim Pawlenty
Condi Rice’s speech was of a much more sobering tone.
“We must work for an open global economy and pursue free and fair trade to grow our exports and our influence abroad,” she said. “In the last years, the United States has ratified three trade agreements, all negotiated in the Bush Administration.
“If you are concerned about China’s rise, consider this fact: China has signed 15 Free Trade Agreements and is negotiating 20 more,” she said. “Sadly we are abandoning the playing field of free trade and it will come back to haunt us.”
Note: A little quibble, I thought she said 18, but it’s being reported as 20.
“Where does America stand?” “When our friends and our foes, alike, do not know the answer to that question,” she told the Republican National Convention, “the world is a chaotic and dangerous place.”
Rice picked up on a theme laid out earlier tonight by Sen. John McCain who warned that “if America doesn’t lead, our adversaries will, and the world will grow darker, poorer and much more dangerous.” “We cannot be reluctant to lead,” Rice told fellow Republicans, who welcomed her to the stage with enthusiastic applause. “And you cannot lead from behind.Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan understand this reality, that our leadership abroad and our well-being at home are inextricably linked.”
“Our adversaries must have no reason to doubt our resolve because peace really does come through strength,” said Rice.
The Ryan speech was an indictment against the Obama administration.
“It all started off with stirring speeches, Greek columns, the thrill of something new,” Ryan said. “Now all that’s left is a presidency adrift, surviving on slogans that already seem tired, grasping at a moment that has already passed, like a ship trying to sail on yesterday’s wind.”
Obama’s term, he said, has been “a dull, adventureless journey from one entitlement to the next, a government-planned life, a country where everything is free but us.”
“Before the math and the momentum overwhelm us all, we are going to solve this nation’s economic problems,” Ryan said. “And I’m going to level with you. We don’t have that much time. But if we are serious, and smart, and we lead, we can do this.
Of the Democrats, he said, “Their moment came and went.”
But Ryan pledges a new direction: “We will not duck the tough issues, we will lead.”
The only problem with tonight is that it will be a very hard act to follow. I watched it on PBS, CNN, and MSNBC. PBS was the least biased of the bunch. And isn’t MSNBC violating some sort of equal time law with their constant parading of Elizabeth Warren? Or has Warren acknowledged that she’s lost and is interviewing for a job?