I just watched the first half of Paul Ryan's speech, a day after the fact. That's all I could stand. My thoughts:
1) This is the f'ing guy people are so excited about? He seems like every bright, ambitious, phony asshole I ever went to law school with.
In 2004, a friend and I, while watching young Obama speak at the Democratic Convention, agreed, "This guy is going to be President some day."
Suffice it to say, Paul Ryan is no Barack Obama when it comes to charisma (or probably even principles--see below). If B.O. has an over-reliance on teleprompters, at least he's smooth enough with the delivery. Ryan seems to throw in what he considers to be the appropriate expression for a line after he's finished it. That was a laugh line--a smirk would do nicely here!
2) How does this guy say "We have to stop spending money we don't have" for big applause, and spend the rest of the speech attacking Obama for threatening Medicaid? We're the party of fiscal responsibility, you see, but we won't let those rascals touch your entitlements.
3) Is this convention 98% white or is that a trick of shot selection? Hmm...here's a wide shot of the auditorium...and...um, yep, it really is 98% white. Your demographic is getting old and dying, amigos. (That means "friends," for you English-only types.)
4) If you can't make a case out of the disastrous truth of the last four years, your ability to make a case through half-truths and utter b.s. will not save you. Already the anecdotes from Ryan's speech (the shuttered GM plant, for one) have been shot to pieces.
For trying to unseat a miserable incumbent, these guys make Kerry/Edwards look like a dream team.
Four more years! Four more years!