Ryan Speech a 'Conservative Rallying Cry'
'Speech of the convention' makes case against Obama
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 30, 2012 3:42 AM CDT
Ryan wipes away a tear during the speech.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – Paul Ryan made GOPers swoon with what most pundits say was the best speech of the convention so far. He used his regular-guy appeal to clearly set out a case against the Obama administration—but critics are challenging many of his facts.

  • Ryan "came off young, which he is, but generally not so youthful as to seem off; he was emotional but not soft; he was tough on President Obama but not caustic," writes Maggie Haberman at Politico. His speech—ideological but "delivered in a non-threatening way—went a long way to making a convention that has been troubled a success," she writes.

  • "Ryan has worn many hats on the campaign trail, from attack dog to budget expert," and his speech had elements of all those roles, writes Robert Costa at the National Review, likening Ryan's "conservative rallying cry" to those of Ronald Reagan, Jack Kemp, and Barry Goldwater. "Those men urged Americans to shrink government and empower individuals, and Ryan did just that," he writes.
  • Ryan "played the part of the glib, ambitious student," casting the Romney-Ryan ticket as a "father-son pairing rather than a team of equals," writes Molly Ball at the Atlantic. But the speech was heavy on distorted facts, which seemed intentional, she writes. Ryan "is being positioned as the Republican ticket's gleeful, unabashed attack dog, someone willing to take it to the other side without regard for the sniffing of the poobahs: Sarah Palin in an ill-fitting suit."
  • Ryan's start was a little rocky, but he recovered to eloquently deliver a speech packed with great lines, Chris Cillizza writes at the Washington Post. Ryan "made the case against the Obama administration effectively—'They have no answer to this simple reality: We need to stop spending money we don’t have'—and argued just as effectively for Romney."

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Douglas43
Sep 1, 2012 7:56 AM CDT
I didn't see Ryan's or Romney's speech a cry for any group unless of course you consider all Americans. Both want nothing more than to get Americans back to work...what is so wrong with this? Please don't give me that foolish nonsense about one side being for the rich and the other for the working guy. Romney from the disclosure of others had saved various companies like Sports Authority, Staples, etc. and these companies employed several thousand people across America! What is wrong with this? And don't let me forget...that these companies I just pointed out...hire people of all color (just to avoid any racist comments).! People have said that Obama's plans can't be implemented because of Congress...yet when i ask them what exactly has Obama not been able to get though either house..his budget in both houses was turned down because of all the spending it demanded...and neither House would sign off on it....even with the Democrat still having control of the Senate. And as you know a bill requires both the House of Representatives and Senate which makes up the Congress. I ask them to just tell me one thing Obama hasn't gotten, even if that meant he had to side step the whole Congress (voice of the People...you and me) in an executive order! Just one thing would be good..I'll wait until November 1st. but after that I will vote for the best person for America! You can vote party! Just remember there are no real free lunches...not one!
kawahchan
Aug 30, 2012 12:43 PM CDT
The 2012 Gov. RICK PERRY Report: Listening Paul Ryan's Vice President nominee acceptance speech, American people can feel confident to Paul Ryan to lead the 2013 Republican Vice Presidency. Last night, Ryan's whole speech was one word said it all, it spelled American "B-A-C-K-B-O-N-E", that's right American backbone, American fortitude that Obama-Biden led the Democrats DON'T have. The conservative Americans can tell Paul Ryan is came from grew-up American "town-boy" background, may be Ryan is from Wisconsin, but he (Ryan) reminded me and Texas Governor RICK PERRY, Paul Ryan is not much different like all the '70s , '80s generations from Texas' middle-class town-boys, town-girls, we are full of American Self-reliance on Industry Fearless, Investigation Thought, Unfettered Ceaseless; one generation graduated from Texas A&M University after another young generation to enter A&M. American people trust our American conservative tradition, trust our American grew-up town-boy's "Backbone" to REBUILD AMERICA, to ADMINISTER the United States, more than a Chicago's black city-boy Barack Obama messing around the country.
CarlM
Aug 30, 2012 12:31 PM CDT
I find it not at all surprising that this "Conservative Rallying Cry" fails to pass the "Truth Test". Is there some specific reason that such a large number of conservatives seem unconcerned with facts?