Paul Ryan's speech--with a few nerves, some great lines, and full of conservative convictions--capped off an electric evening last night. Here are a few of the best lines:
"So our opponents can consider themselves on notice. In this election, on this issue, the usual posturing on the left isn't going to work. Mitt Romney and I know the difference between protecting a program, and raiding it. Ladies and gentlemen, our nation needs this debate. We want this debate. We will win this debate." "Now all that's left is a presidency adrift, surviving on slogans that already seem tired, grasping at a moment that has already passed, like a ship trying to sail on yesterday's wind." "Ladies and gentlemen, these past four years we have suffered no shortage of words in the White House. What's missing is leadership in the White House." "President Obama is the kind of politician who puts promises on the record, and then calls that the record." "College graduates should not have to live out their 20s in their childhood bedrooms, staring up at fading Obama posters and wondering when they can move out and get going with life." "None of us have to settle for the best this administration offers- a dull, adventureless journey from one entitlement to the next, a government-planned life, a country where everything is free but us." (My favorite line of the night!) "Each of these great moral ideas is essential to democratic government- to the rule of law, to life in a humane and decent society. They are the moral creed of our country, as powerful in our time, as on the day of America's founding.They are self-evident and unchanging, and sometimes, even presidents need reminding, that our rights come from nature and God, not from government." Here's the full transcript.