Americans may not know
Ann Romney’s speech to the
That simple assertion sets up a comparison between a man who can claim success as an executive and a president who even some
Wednesday night brought evidence that Romney did not fail in his search for the right running mate. In his speech accepting the Republican nomination for vice president, Paul Ryan fulfilled the dreams of conservatives longing for a fresh, forceful voice. Just like four years ago when
Ryan, though, is clearly more than just an effective rabble-rouser for the right wing. Unlike Palin, who quickly displayed an alarming lack of intellect and basic knowledge, Ryan showed rhetorical skill, command of information and aggressive intelligence.
Ryan confronted his biggest vulnerability – his proposal to turn
Unlike speakers who preceded him – the dreadful
Democrats were giddy on the day Romney announced he was picking Ryan as his running mate. They thought he was a perfect target – a Medicare-killing, anti-abortion zealot who would scare off moderate swing voters and old people. Maybe the Obama campaign will succeed in painting that image of Ryan, but it will be a tougher job than they expect. In his big speech, Ryan delivered the most effective assault on the Obama administration's record that I have witnessed during the entire 2012 campaign.
Ann Romney and Paul Ryan showed themselves to be Mitt Romney's most compelling advocates. If there is a downside, it is that either one of them could easily upstage the man at the top of the ticket.