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August 30, 2012

Paul Ryan at the Republican Convention

I've only had a chance to watch the major speeches but so far so good. All of the speeches I've seen have been positive and upbeat. I don't think any of the ones I saw on Tuesday even mentioned the president, as they were all focused on what we could do to fix the country. No bashfest, this.

Robert Costa accurately calls Paul Ryan the "happy warrior:"

Paul Ryan: The Happy Warrior
His conservative rallying cry is in the spirit of Kemp, Reagan, and Goldwater.
August 29, 2012 11:M.30 P.M.
By Robert Costa

Ryan has accomplished much since he was a twentysomething aide, and his adherence to conservative principles is, evidently, as strong as ever. He took care to cite Kemp tonight, in the biggest speech of his political career, to send a message about who Paul Ryan is as a thinker -- to go beyond the anecdotes about his days flipping burgers at McDonald's or his recent efforts as chairman of the House Budget Committee.

"As with Kemp, Paul has always been a happy warrior, and he remains a happy warrior," says Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a former Congressional Budget Office director. "Democrats try to portray him as the austerity king, but he is a champion for growth."

In short, Paul Ryan did a very good job, if he didn't outright knock it out of the park. A few excerpts.courtesy of National Review's The Corner blog, starting with a concept that will drive the liberals nuts: "Rights come from nature and God, not from government:"

"Being successful in business, that's a good thing!"

I'll take freedom over "the supervision and sanctimony of the central planners"

"A government planned life, a country where everything is free but us"

"College graduates should not have to live out their 20's in their childhood bedrooms, staring up at faded Obama posters"

Rep Paul Ryan is a national treasure. He is smart, articulate, and speaks with style and grace. He has studied the central problems of our time like few others. He has solutions that will improve the lives of everyday Americans. Whether he and Gov Romney are elected I cannot say for certain, but I am confident that he will wipe the floor with his buffonish opponent, VP Joe Biden. If elected he will have a chance to help turn our country around. God speed and good luck.

Thursday Update

Via Powerline, Ryan's entire speech:

Entire transcript at Fox News

"Fact checking" is all the rage, but they are not gods and are not at all infallible.
The "fact checkers" are full of it. More here t and here and here.

Posted by Tom at August 30, 2012 6:45 AM

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Fact checkers have discovered that your golden boy, Paul Ryan, likes to lie about his marathon finishing time. If he is willing to lie about something as simple as that, something that was so easy to fact check and get the real truth about, is there anything he wouldn't lie about? His mother must be so proud of him, now.

Posted by: Rwnutbag at September 2, 2012 9:20 AM

Weak. Another attempt to by you to ignore Obama's failures as president and the issues that will decide this election.

Posted by: The Redhunter Author Profile Page at September 2, 2012 7:33 PM

I can't possibly ignore failures that I don't acknowledge the existence of. I think telling an outright lie on a national radio program shows incredible arrogance and points to a serious character flaw.

Posted by: Rwnutbag at September 2, 2012 9:10 PM

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