Paul Ryan headlined Wednesday night’s RNC program, “We Can Do Better”, capping off a night of speeches by many would-be VP candidates, including Rob Portman, Mike Huckabee, and Condoleeza Rice.
Continuing on the humble beginnings and hard work theme of yesterday night’s speeches, tonight’s speakers took a tough policy approach in contrast to last night’s inspirational presentations by Ann Romney and Chris Christie.
First the warm up… Huckabee identified himself as an Evangelical Christian, then called Obama’s Evangelical cred by associating him with gay marriage, abortion and government mandated healthcare. Then in a move that shocked speech watchers, referred to a conversation he had with rock star Bono:
uh-oh. am i seeing that Huckabee is invoking the name of BONO? does BONO really want to have his name thrown about by a rape apologist?
Aug. 29, 2012 - Tampa, FL, USA - Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice speaks at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Credit Image: © Harry E. Walker/MCT/ZUMAPRESS.com)
According to tweets, Condi’s prompter failed – or perhaps she chose not to load up her script -- but those of us at home couldn’t tell by her polished and hard-hitting speech on foreign policy:
Condi is a serious warlord... thats why none ofy'all dare say anything abt her hair.. Condi ain't having it..shes a true Gangsta hawk
Condi is the only speaker so far not to use TelePrompTer
And now, Condi kills!Reminds me of Thatcher.
Then, she moved on to civil rights, invoking both her Jim Crow childhood and calling education the civil rights issue of our day.
"... and she becomes the Secretary of State." ok, crying now. Love Condi.
New Mexico Govenor Susana Martinez touted gun rights, referring to her own Smith and Wesson:
My dad made sure I could handle myself. I carried a Smith and Wesson 357 Magnum. -Susana Martinez
Governor Martinez had a stand up dad, she worked at night and he made sure she was packing a Smith and Wesson! God Bless America!
(Credit Image: © Harry E. Walker/MCT/ZUMAPRESS.com)
And then, the main attraction: Paul Ryan:
Paul Ryan gets absolute rock star treatment. Unreal.
Some tweeters noted that Ryan lacked Rice’s measured confidence or Martinez’s conversational demeanor:
I think Paul Ryan is doing awful at this speech. He is nervous as hell. This is too big of a speech compared to his old ones.
After telling the requisite stories about his small town upbringing and the premature death of his father and the cutaways to wife Janna and the three Ryan kids in the audience, Ryan opened up his real talking points. Just the mention of the word “Obamacare” incited boos from the floor:
Finally someone mentions Solyndra!Go Ryan!And ObamaCare!Yay Ryan!
Yo, Governor Romney. ObamaCare. YOU DID BUILD THAT.
Most cynical lie I've seen in awhile: Paul Ryan, guy who tried to decimate Medicare saying he wants to protect it from Obama. Wow.
Staring up at faded Obama posters- Paul Ryan KILLING!
Paul Ryan's preferred hard money policies would keep kids trapped in mom's basement basically forever.
Let there be rock. Paul Ryan: "My playlist starts with AC/DC, and ends with Zeppelin."
However, journalists quickly jumped on Ryan's anecdotes -- including those about his bootstrapping after his father's weather and about factory closures... that actually were slated before President Obama took office.
Paul Ryan took social security checks after his father died. Just like Ayn Rand took her government handouts. Tell the truth.
Did you watch tonight's speeches? What do you think?
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