Open thread: Hey America, it’s Paul Ryan Update: Video added

posted at 9:51 pm on August 29, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

The most anticipated speaker on deck at the GOP convention tonight is almost certainly Paul Ryan, as his speech will mark his official acceptance of the nomination for Mitt Romney’s running mate and afford him the opportunity to America that he can be a more competent vice president than President Obama’s current counterpart. Lookin’ pretty good so far, according to the released excerpts:

“I accept the calling of my generation to give our children the America that was given to us, with opportunity for the young and security for the old – and I know that we are ready. Our nominee is sure ready. His whole life has prepared him for this moment – to meet serious challenges in a serious way, without excuses and idle words.  After four years of getting the run-around, America needs a turnaround, and the man for the job is Governor Mitt Romney. …

“Obamacare comes to more than two thousand pages of rules, mandates, taxes, fees, and fines that have no place in a free country. The president has declared that the debate over government-controlled health care is over.  That will come as news to the millions of Americans who will elect Mitt Romney so we can repeal Obamacare. …

“We have a plan for a stronger middle class, with the goal of generating 12 million new jobs over the next four years. …

“My Dad used to say to me: ‘Son.  You have a choice: You can be part of the problem, or you can be part of the solution.’  The present administration has made its choices.  And Mitt Romney and I have made ours: Before the math and the momentum overwhelm us all, we are going to solve this nation’s economic problems. 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. …

“The right that makes all the difference now is the right to choose our own leaders.  You are entitled to the clearest possible choice because the time for choosing is drawing near.  So here is our pledge. We will not duck the tough issues – we will lead.  We will not spend four years blaming others – we will take responsibility. We will not try to replace our founding principles, we will reapply our founding principles. The work ahead will be hard.  These times demand the best of us – all of us, but we can do this.  Together, we can do this.”

Nice. I’ll update with a reaction and video ASAP!

Update: Paul Ryan’s speech, in two words? Nailed it. Everything that I like (and surmise that others will like as he becomes more and more familiar to them) about Paul Ryan was on perfect display during his half hour-ish on stage. He was intelligent without being intimidating; he was stern and serious but still optimistic and even funny; and he hinted at his wonkiness without getting into jargon and maintained his approachability. But the most beautiful thing about Paul Ryan as the potential vice president of the United States is his uncanny knack for breaking through populist myths and shrill leftist attacks and instead communicating the merits of free-market economics and small government, all without being shrill or polarizing. Contrary to liberal messaging, wealth creation isn’t about people being people being helpless cogs in the wheel of corporate usury and cruel fate — it’s about people being empowered and free to take up the mantle of personal responsibility and ingenuity, and Paul Ryan can relate that truth highly effectively.

He simply and effortlessly walked us through President Obama’s long list of failures and history of blaming everyone but himself, and illustrated why a Mitt Romney presidency isn’t just an preferable but rather a desirable alternative — while scattering a few fun personal tidbits into the mix, as well as addressing their religious and generation differences with a message of unity. I thought that talking about his mother’s struggles, coupled with the simple declaration that a Romney/Ryan administration would not eliminate but strengthen Medicare, was the perfect death blow to Democrats’ recent attacks on that score: “We had help from Medicare, and it was there, just like it’s there for my Mom today.  Medicare is a promise, and we will honor it.  A Romney-Ryan administration will protect and strengthen Medicare, for my Mom’s generation, for my generation, and for my kids and yours.” Bam. Doesn’t get much more straightforward than that.

I’m struggling to find something to criticize about the whole thing, but then again, I am not a progressive. I’m sure their unfailing creativity won’t disappoint us in finding reasons that the whole monologue was just an elitist pack of lies, eh?

Update: I updated the front-page picture with one or our own, direct from the occasion!

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Huckabee gave a good speech.

HawaiiLwyr on August 29, 2012 at 9:53 PM

I’m your huckleberry…..
@Ryan

ted c on August 29, 2012 at 9:54 PM

First.

steebo77 on August 29, 2012 at 9:54 PM

First-ish.

steebo77 on August 29, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Wake up the audience!

a capella on August 29, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Is that Jazz Shaw playing the sax with the house band?

steebo77 on August 29, 2012 at 9:54 PM

mystery speaker tonight?

ted c on August 29, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Yo dawg I heard you like fiscal responsibility so we put a budget in your budget so you can balance while you balance

Paradol Ex on August 29, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Wasn’t really impressed by Huckabee’s speech..and what was that all about Bono?

celt on August 29, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Open thread? No way!

Huck done good. Still that whole MO thing, though…

changer1701 on August 29, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Condi takes the stage.

steebo77 on August 29, 2012 at 9:55 PM

uh oh. MSNBC ‘blackout’….condi is on.

ted c on August 29, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Whoa…they’re not featuring Rice in the 10 PM hour?

changer1701 on August 29, 2012 at 9:56 PM

eleventieth!

Huckleberry can go huck himself, and the Akin he rode in on.

Laura in Maryland on August 29, 2012 at 9:56 PM

uh oh. MSNBC ‘blackout’….condi is on.

ted c on August 29, 2012 at 9:55 PM

racist

HawaiiLwyr on August 29, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Awesome!! THANKS HA crew. Condi speaking now. Starting witb 9/11.

wolly4321 on August 29, 2012 at 9:57 PM

uh oh. MSNBC ‘blackout’….condi is on.

ted c on August 29, 2012 at 9:55 PM

heh. “blackout”

jaime on August 29, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Wasn’t really impressed by Huckabee’s speech..and what was that all about Bono?

celt on August 29, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Hug-A-Bee was reminding you he is a cool and with it guy.

bayview on August 29, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Condi’s speech has the vibe of a State of the Union.

steebo77 on August 29, 2012 at 9:58 PM

Now, Condi is giving a speech worth giving.

BuckeyeSam on August 29, 2012 at 9:58 PM

#dreamysigh So much winning.

TWG78 on August 29, 2012 at 9:58 PM

Huck done good. Still that whole MO thing, though…

changer1701 on August 29, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Just like…my boyfriend loses his temper and smacks me around, but he’s a terric dancer.

Can you say, DEALBREAKER.

Laura in Maryland on August 29, 2012 at 9:58 PM

*CLINK*

cmsinaz on August 29, 2012 at 9:58 PM

HALLELUIA

faraway on August 29, 2012 at 9:58 PM

Rice seems a little nervous.

changer1701 on August 29, 2012 at 9:58 PM

Finally. Condoleezza Rice is so spot-on.

SouthernGent on August 29, 2012 at 9:58 PM

Condi asked a good question: Where does the US stand??

Highlar on August 29, 2012 at 9:58 PM

Condi caused 9/11.
-Paultards.///

annoyinglittletwerp on August 29, 2012 at 9:58 PM

where does America stand? @condi

answer: at the ninth hole at AndrewsAFB?

ted c on August 29, 2012 at 9:58 PM

Just like…my boyfriend loses his temper and smacks me around, but he’s a terric dancer.

Can you say, DEALBREAKER.

Laura in Maryland on August 29, 2012 at 9:58 PM

HEH! Dealbreaker, indeed.

changer1701 on August 29, 2012 at 9:59 PM

ted c on August 29, 2012 at 9:54 PM

heh

cmsinaz on August 29, 2012 at 9:59 PM

The United States stands for free peoples and free markets.

steebo77 on August 29, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Rice seems a little nervous.

changer1701 on August 29, 2012 at 9:58 PM

I see passion not nerves

Conservative4ev on August 29, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Whoa…they’re not featuring Rice in the 10 PM hour?

changer1701 on August 29, 2012 at 9:56 PM

She was scheduled for 10 PM. I guess they’re ahead of schedule.

GOPRanknFile on August 29, 2012 at 9:59 PM

She’s emotional…

jimver on August 29, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Yeah, I don’t know. I like him but I saw him push that poor old woman off the cliff when she was wheelchair bound. Not very nice.

the new aesthetic on August 29, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Hit them, Condi!

You look FABULOUS!!!!!

Cody1991 on August 29, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Rice seems a little nervous.

changer1701 on August 29, 2012 at 9:58 PM

I don’t think its nerves…I think she’s got strong, overwhelming emotions going on from that really rousing welcome the crowd gave her.

Highlar on August 29, 2012 at 9:59 PM

..and what was that all about Bono?

celt on August 29, 2012 at 9:55 PM

You mean the cool Bono, or the douche that sing with U2?

Laura in Maryland on August 29, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Somebody tell me MSNBC is ignoring this… that would be rich.

JohnGalt23 on August 29, 2012 at 10:00 PM

cmsinaz on August 29, 2012 at 9:58 PM

*clink*..:)

Dire Straits on August 29, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Like white on rice?

the new aesthetic on August 29, 2012 at 10:00 PM

buckeye, can you give us an update?

cmsinaz on August 29, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Is msnbc on her speech..yeah, it’s a rhetorical question..

jimver on August 29, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Gravitas.

BuckeyeSam on August 29, 2012 at 10:00 PM

I don’t think its nerves…I think she’s got strong, overwhelming emotions going on from that really rousing welcome the crowd gave her.

Highlar on August 29, 2012 at 9:59 PM

You’re probably right. Strong speech so far. Hope it’s being shown by the nets.

changer1701 on August 29, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Wake up the audience!

a capella on August 29, 2012 at 9:54 PM

You demonstrate the problem. If a bunch of politically active Americans don’t care about these serious speeches, how do you wake up the electorate? Things like entitlement reform or national security are serious issues but whenever they are brought up some opponent will throw out a bright shiny object to distract and derail.

GWB attempted a very modest change to Medicare for those years away from being eligible. It was beaten down by the left. How do any of these speeches tonight thus far energize the base?

Happy Nomad on August 29, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Rice seems a little nervous.

changer1701 on August 29, 2012 at 9:58 PM

I see passion not nerves

Conservative4ev on August 29, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Yep. Nerves was Ann Romney early in her speech last night. Condi is emotional.

LukeinNE on August 29, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Condi making a GREAT speech now about America being THE leader in the world. GREAT points! GO CONDI GO!

Highlar on August 29, 2012 at 10:01 PM

I’m always so impressed with Condi Rice; she knows what she’s talking about! Such a class act.

BettyRuth on August 29, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Condoleezza: Understated passion. Huuuuzzzzaaah!

SouthernGent on August 29, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Good stuff from Condi

Jackalope on August 29, 2012 at 10:01 PM

YOU CANNOT LEAD FROM BEHIND

ZING!

cmsinaz on August 29, 2012 at 10:01 PM

She’s just so darn elegant.

GOPRanknFile on August 29, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Ryan/Condi 2016.

newtopia on August 29, 2012 at 10:01 PM

This isn’t just a canned job. She’s feeling it deeply.

a capella on August 29, 2012 at 10:01 PM

She just slapped Barry in the face.

“You cannot lead from behind!”

Cody1991 on August 29, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Seriously, Rice is awesome. Also, Mike Huckabee was pretty good.

the new aesthetic on August 29, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Dire Straits on August 29, 2012 at 10:00 PM

:)

condi doing great

cmsinaz on August 29, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Peace really does come through strength! ZING from Condi!

Highlar on August 29, 2012 at 10:02 PM

ABC and NBC showing the storm instead of Condi

El_Terrible on August 29, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Condi is hitting it out of the ballpark!

marinconservative on August 29, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Excellent stuff…

changer1701 on August 29, 2012 at 10:02 PM

I will take 1/5ths of Erika Johnson over 34 Tina Korbes.

This young lady understands her audience.

I may even click an ad or 2 ;)

Odie1941 on August 29, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Condi is shakey, but I think it’s because she knows how important this moment is

Jackalope on August 29, 2012 at 10:02 PM

You cannot lead from behind!!! She rocks the house…

jimver on August 29, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Of course NBC CBS and abc are talking hurricane and skipping rice

Conservative4ev on August 29, 2012 at 10:02 PM

CBS talking heads talking instead of Condi

El_Terrible on August 29, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Peace through strength…thank you Condi

crosshugger on August 29, 2012 at 10:03 PM

mittens is a loser…dump him and go for Ryan/Rice

Pragmatic on August 29, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Rice seems a little nervous.

changer1701 on August 29, 2012 at 9:58 PM

I see passion not nerves

Conservative4ev on August 29, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Ditto that Con. She is drawing from her experience and memories..valuable. I see the passion.

bazil9 on August 29, 2012 at 10:03 PM

You cannot lead from behind!..Very nice line!..:)

Dire Straits on August 29, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Condi is spot on.

wolly4321 on August 29, 2012 at 10:03 PM

We cannot lead from behind.

Peace really does come through strength.

We are abandoning the field of free and fair trade and it will come back to haunt us.

steebo77 on August 29, 2012 at 10:03 PM

None of the big 3 are showing her. I just checked.

SouthernGent on August 29, 2012 at 10:03 PM

I have missed having serious people in charge for the last 4 years.

It’s like we have been living in a bad dream.

faraway on August 29, 2012 at 10:03 PM

ABC and NBC showing the storm instead of Condi

El_Terrible on August 29, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Surpise, surprise…how about msndc….

jimver on August 29, 2012 at 10:03 PM

I have no idea if she voted for Obama in 2008, but goodness I sure know how she feels about him now.

GOPRanknFile on August 29, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Ooohhh… “We’ve passed only 3 free trade agreements…and those were written in the Bush Admin!” Great slap Condi! Keep those punches coming!

Highlar on August 29, 2012 at 10:03 PM

. I see the passion.

bazil9 on August 29, 2012 at 10:03 PM

I agree!..:)

Dire Straits on August 29, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Condi isn’t a great orator…she doesn’t have to be with such eloquence.

newtopia on August 29, 2012 at 10:03 PM

None of the big 3 are showing her. I just checked.

SouthernGent on August 29, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Unfluking believable…

jimver on August 29, 2012 at 10:04 PM

El_Terrible on August 29, 2012 at 10:02 PM

pathetic…

while dear leader is campaigning and golfing…yup, crickets

cmsinaz on August 29, 2012 at 10:04 PM

Yeah open thread! Second, Condi needs a place in the Romney administration. She is a serious leader that this country needs!

texgal on August 29, 2012 at 10:04 PM

The world knows that when a nation loses control of its finances, it eventually loses control of its destiny.

steebo77 on August 29, 2012 at 10:04 PM

NBC has her on

faraway on August 29, 2012 at 10:04 PM

None of the big 3 are showing her. I just checked.

SouthernGent on August 29, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Why am I not suprised!..:)

Dire Straits on August 29, 2012 at 10:04 PM

Very good!

annoyinglittletwerp on August 29, 2012 at 10:05 PM

She’s not nervous. She’s emotional. I saw her last night when Ann Romney spoke, and she seemed deeply moved – some tears.

Cody1991 on August 29, 2012 at 10:05 PM

ABC and NBC now showing condi…. that breaks NBC’s boycott of minorities.

El_Terrible on August 29, 2012 at 10:05 PM

I have no idea if she voted for Obama in 2008, but goodness I sure know how she feels about him now.

GOPRanknFile on August 29, 2012 at 10:03 PM

I agree. She is HAMMERING on Obama and his policies. Great stuff!

Highlar on August 29, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Huck done good. Still that whole MO thing, though…

changer1701

He was right(for a change)about that “whole MO thing”.

xblade on August 29, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Condi is killing it. Prepare for the barrage of ‘Neo-Con!’ cries incoming from the Ronulans.

Corporal Tunnel on August 29, 2012 at 10:05 PM

good stuff

cmsinaz on August 29, 2012 at 10:05 PM

I wonder if there’s some bitterness there for how Obama beats up on Bush and his admin? ;)

Highlar on August 29, 2012 at 10:05 PM

I’m your huckleberry…..
@Ryan

ted c on August 29, 2012 at 9:54 PM

predator on August 29, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Diane Sawyer talking about Buuuush!!

SouthernGent on August 29, 2012 at 10:05 PM

CONDI!

El_Terrible on August 29, 2012 at 10:06 PM

“It does not matter where you came from, it matters where are going.”

Perfect.

newtopia on August 29, 2012 at 10:06 PM

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