Ryan Sets Tampa Ablaze, Tells Obama: We Will Not Back Down!
Representative Paul Ryan might be “a generation apart from Mitt Romney” but he proved Wednesday night in Tampa he’s more than ready to help Romney get the job done of throwing President Obama out of office. Before a crowd eager to eat up his every word, Ryan delivered what could be described as a battle cry to rile up his troops for victory. “Let’s get this done,” he said to thunderous applause.
Ryan reminded me of Shakespeare’s Henry the V’s St. Crispin Day speech, encouraging his men to battle “we few, we happy few, we band of brothers.” He told Obama neither he nor Romney would bow to his campaign of intimidation, “fear and division. Most striking about Ryan’s speech was when he threw down the gauntlet on Medicare, telling Obama neither Romney nor he are afraid to have that debate, so bring it!
“Mitt Romney and I know the difference between protecting a program, and raiding it. Ladies and gentlemen, our nation needs this debate. We want this debate. We will win this debate,” roared Ryan.
During the 25 minutes of invigorated words and standing ovations too many to count, Ryan reduced Obama to a man bereft of ideas, bloated with slogans and lacking in leadership. Ryan ticked off Obama’s record from the last three and half years as if it were one train wreck rolling into the next: $831billion failed stimulus, 23 million Americans under or unemployed, passage of the job killing Obamacare, which steals $716billion from Medicare to help pay the new entitlement, a “downgraded America” with the loss of our Triple A credit rating and $16 trillion of debt.
The Republican Vice Presidential nominee reminded us with blistering words that Obama created a bipartisan debt commission and did nothing but “dodge and demagogue the issue” while “Republicans stepped up with good-faith reforms.” After all this mess, Ryan asked, “Without a change in leadership, why would the next four years be any different from the last four years?”
The more Ryan spoke, the more Obama looked like the emperor with no clothes on. Ryan exclaimed that Romney and he would not shirk responsibility for blame, pledging to limit government growth, capping federal spending to 20% of GDP rather than choking economic growth.
Ryan’s speech created a choice between the strength, action and leadership of Romney contrasted against the puniness of Obama’s broken promises, failures and hopelessness. Stating what every American knows to be true that Obama is running from his record in his re-election campaign, Ryan said, “the failures of one administration are not a mandate for a new administration.”
In one of the many jovial moments lacing the speech, Ryan said unlike Romney’s hotel elevator music, his iPod playlist starts with AC/DC, and ends with Zeppelin. Ryan seemed to channel a Zeppelin song Wednesday because his words built a “A Stairway to Heaven” for Romney to climb to the White House. All Romney has to do is to continue the climb Thursday night and not stumble.
After Ann Romney’s speech, a woman told me in Tampa she finally feels like the White House is within reach for Romney. That’s what we’re all feeling after this week. The Republican National Convention has been one hell of show so far and Romney/Ryan is turning out to be one hell of a ticket.