Ryan pulled no punches when he talked about the 23 million unemployed or Barack Obama’s failure to improve the economy, but his soft-spoken Midwestern manner and his everyman looks added an appeal to the attacks that took any harsh edges off. The speech was skillfully written and even more skillfully delivered. Paul Ryan can go on offense as nimbly Sarah Palin, but from a different part of the political brain, and Ryan is more effective. At one point, Roger L. Simon, who was watching next to me, quipped that Ryan is “better than JFK.”
Someone of my generation, who grew up with “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” and “Morning in America,” might say that there’s something very familiar about Paul Ryan, and it starts with an R.
Mitt Romney really has his work cut out for him Thursday night. He now has to top his wife, Ann, and his running mate, Paul, both of whom have shown brilliantly in Tampa this week.