9:46 that was quite an excellent clutch performance.
9:43 "our rights come from nature and god, not from government": well when was the last time you heard a republican throw down 'nature'??? now, we'll be picking over his religious thing, or history of randian skepticism or scientism. romney even tried to short-circuit this in the intro, describing ryan with uncharacteristic specificity as 'a committed catholic.'
9:35 ryan is a relatively compelling figure; little charisma but he seems very reasonable and decent and he's not stupid. he has a lot of what romney lacks; he seems human and also committed to something. also the cow-lick and open collar are working in contrast to rom. however, every dem campaign consultant is salivating: that budget is a collage of specific targets, the basis of a thousand ads.
9:34 nothing is more absurd than the political autobiography; everyone narrating their own story as the american dream; each person's history coalesces into a few catch-phrases and absurdly canned anecdotes. it's the worst literary genre of all time. ryan's whole life is that his father died when paul was in high school. that's what he had to struggle over to...realize the american dream!
9:33 like dick cheney and wade michael page, paul ryan is white! i'm not sure i can really overcome that in my head.
9:32 fam is cute.
9:31 actually he adlibbed ok coming in and correcting himself.
9:28 mitt just introduced ryan as 'the next president of the united states.' well, anyone but mitt.
9:17 right now gov. bob mcdonnell is laying the worst egg in history: giving his own campaign speech for the senate; even telling his own biography as though he were accepting the vice presidential nomination. announcement scheduled for 9 and they're letting mcdonnell stomp on their own momentum. it's ridiculously incompetent