Paul Ryan "We Can Do Better": Cheers, Jeers and Tweets
uh-oh. am i seeing that Huckabee is invoking the name of BONO? does BONO really want to have his name thrown about by a rape apologist?— Liza Sabater (@blogdiva) August 30, 2012
Condi is a serious warlord... thats why none ofy'all dare say anything abt her hair.. Condi ain't having it..shes a true Gangsta hawk— Davey D (@mrdaveyd) August 30, 2012
Condi is the only speaker so far not to use TelePrompTer— Dana Bash (@DanaBashCNN) August 30, 2012
And now, Condi kills!Reminds me of Thatcher.— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) August 30, 2012
Then, she moved on to civil rights, invoking both her Jim Crow childhood and calling education the civil rights issue of our day.
"... and she becomes the Secretary of State." ok, crying now. Love Condi.— Sugar Jones (@SugarJones) August 30, 2012
New Mexico Govenor Susana Martinez touted gun rights, referring to her own Smith and Wesson:
My dad made sure I could handle myself. I carried a Smith and Wesson 357 Magnum. -Susana Martinez— Shane (@Indepgirlism) August 30, 2012
Governor Martinez had a stand up dad, she worked at night and he made sure she was packing a Smith and Wesson! God Bless America!— Hutch (@burghseyeview) August 30, 2012
Paul Ryan gets absolute rock star treatment. Unreal.— benshapiro (@benshapiro) August 30, 2012
Some tweeters noted that Ryan lacked Rice’s measured confidence or Martinez’s conversational demeanor:
I think Paul Ryan is doing awful at this speech. He is nervous as hell. This is too big of a speech compared to his old ones.— abuhatem (@abuhatem) August 30, 2012
After telling the requisite stories about his small town upbringing and the premature death of his father and the cutaways to wife Janna and the three Ryan kids in the audience, Ryan opened up his real talking points. Just the mention of the word “Obamacare” incited boos from the floor:
Finally someone mentions Solyndra!Go Ryan!And ObamaCare!Yay Ryan!— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) August 30, 2012
Yo, Governor Romney. ObamaCare. YOU DID BUILD THAT.— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) August 22, 2012
Most cynical lie I've seen in awhile: Paul Ryan, guy who tried to decimate Medicare saying he wants to protect it from Obama. Wow.— Adam McKay (@GhostPanther) August 30, 2012
Staring up at faded Obama posters- Paul Ryan KILLING!— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) August 30, 2012
Paul Ryan's preferred hard money policies would keep kids trapped in mom's basement basically forever.— Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias) August 30, 2012
Let there be rock. Paul Ryan: "My playlist starts with AC/DC, and ends with Zeppelin."— Mike O'Brien (@mpoindc) August 30, 2012
However, journalists quickly jumped on Ryan's anecdotes -- including those about his bootstrapping after his father's weather and about factory closures... that actually were slated before President Obama took office.
Paul Ryan took social security checks after his father died. Just like Ayn Rand took her government handouts. Tell the truth.— Steve Weinstein (@steveweinstein) August 30, 2012
Did you watch tonight's speeches? What do you think?