The view from inside the hall: The first half of Tuesday evening's program has been, to borrow a Trumpism, strangely low-energy. House Speaker Paul Ryan formally declared Trump and Pence the nominees to brief cheers from a partly empty floor. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell got booed, twice. Even a brief video appearance by Trump himself drew only moderate enthusiasm. But, to be fair, this was always going to be the least exciting program for the mostly pro-Trump delegates: a parade of congressional leaders, most of whom endorsed Trump only reluctantly.
The evening's theme was supposed to be GOP plans to create jobs -- "Make America Work Again" -- but most speakers barely touched on it. Instead, most of them, from McConnell to Ryan, focused on criticizing Hillary Clinton.
"The Clinton years are way over; 2016 is the year America moves on," Ryan said. McConnell drew a lusty cheer when he promised that the Senate will continue to block Obama's attempt to fill Scalia's seat on the Supreme Court. "That honor will go to President Donald Trump next year," he said.