Paul Ryan entered Wednesday night’s speech with the spotlight clearly shining on him. I wrote this post to talk about the things I thought Congressman Ryan needed to do in his speech. This is what I predicted:

Paul Ryan stepped into the spotlight that day without hesitation, with an outstanding grasp of the health care facts and with an understanding of the American people. When he was done with the GOP’s closing argument, President Obama sat humbled and silent.

That’s the man I expect to see step to the podium tonight.

Last night, Chris Christie talked about telling the American people the truth about adult subjects. Tonight, I expect to hear Paul Ryan talk about the challenges we face. I expect him to talk about why it’s vital that we reverse course ASAP.

The man that politely and thoroughly humiliated President Obama with his closing argument at the Health Care Summit is the man that delivered a stinging indictment of the Obama administration. Here’s Congressman Ryan’s first count in the indictment against President Obama:

I have never seen opponents so silent about their record, and so desperate to keep their power. They have run out of ideas. Their moment came and went. Fear and division is all they’ve got left. With all of their attack ads, the president is just throwing away money.

And he is pretty experienced at that.

Though Congressman Ryan brought this point across with humor, it’s still a stinging criticism of President Obama. President Obama hasn’t shifted course even slightly. His record of failure is verifiable. His reckless spending is there for all to see.

Here’s another powerful, personal, count in Ryan’s indictment of President Obama’s administration:

My own state voted for President Obama. When he talked about change, many people liked the sound of it. Especially in Janesville where we were about to lose a major factory. A lot of guys I went to high school with worked at that G.M. plant. Right there at that plant, candidate Obama said, “I believe that if our government is there to support you, this plant will be here for another 100 years.”

That’s what he said in 2008. Well, as it turned out, that plant didn’t last another year. It is locked up and empty to this day.

President Obama’s bold declaration quickly turned into another campaign promise that President Obama broke.

People quickly learned that President Obama’s campaign promises came with expiration dates.

This is the question President Obama didn’t want asked:

So here’s the question, without a change in leadership, why would the next four years be any different from the last four years?

President Obama can’t answer that. There’s $2,000,000,000,000 supposedly sitting on the sidelines not getting invested in bigger plants and more jobs. Without a quick reversal in regulations, the repeal of the ACA and without tax reform, that $2,000,000,000,000 will stay sitting on the sidelines.

Expect that to be the question that the Romney-Ryan ticket to pummel the Obama-Biden ticket with through the election.

Another major indictment against this administration was the crony capitalism that was part of the stimulus. Ryan captured that perfectly, too:

The first troubling sign came with the stimulus. President Obama’s first and best shot at fixing the economy. At a time when he got everything he wanted under one party rule. It cost $831 billion. The largest one-time expenditure ever by our federal government.

It went to companies like Solyndra, with their gold-plated connections, subsidized jobs and make believe markets. The stimulus was a case of political patronage, corporate welfare anachronism at their worst.

President Obama swept into office promising to cut the lobbyists out of the loop. Thanks to Solyndra, we’ve learned that President Obama didn’t cut pork out of the budget. He simply directed the money to his most prolific bundlers, not the lobbyists with the fanciest suits.

This part of his speech reminded people that President Obama’s speechifying is annoying:

You know, President Obama was asked not long ago to reflect on any mistakes he might have made. He said, “Well, I haven’t communicated enough.”
(LAUGHTER)
He said his job is to, quote, “tell a story to the American people.” As if that is the whole problem here? He needs to talk more and we need to be better listeners?

Congressman Ryan talked earlier in the speech about how tired President Obama’s ideas seemed. While that’s certainly true, it’s equally true that many Americans are tired of hearing his voice.

Thanks to Paul Ryan’s tour de force speech, it seems more likely that we’ll soon commit President Obama’s speechifying to history.

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One Response to “A speech for the ages”

  • walter hanson says:

    Gary:

    I was expecting a part 2, my favorite line was the college student living at home looking at a faded Obama poster.

    If you have a voter 22-30 this year (would’ve been 18-26 in 2008) it is basically impossible for them to think they are better off with Obama in office.

    This is the start to get them to vote Republican for the next 50 plus years.

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

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