Any doubts about whether Paul Ryan is up to the job of vice president were dispelled Wednesday night. In a stem-winder of a speech, Ryan had so many great lines it's impossible to summarize them all in a minute.
After reciting a list of economic and other well-known problems, Ryan pledged he and Mitt Romney, if elected, would lead an effort to create 12 million new jobs and reduce government spending to 20 percent of our gross domestic product.
He said the current administration has created a country in which everything is free but us. And he defended success in business, which he called "a good thing."
Ryan made a pro-life statement when he said, "Each of us is made for a reason, bearing the image of the Lord of life."
"We can do this," he said.
Ryan came across as a nice, young family man who loves his wife, mom and kids. The imagery was compelling. The left will try -- and is trying -- to demonize Ryan, but he's too nice for that. And when you're left with only lies and smears, you have lost the argument.
In Tampa, I'm Cal Thomas.
Publication date: August 31, 2012