GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan brought the delegation at the Republican National Convention in Tampa to life last night, getting a rise out of the crowd in his speech with attacks on President Obama and Democrats, references to his personal soundtrack — heavy on the classic rock — and a finale that smacked of a high school football team's war chant: "We can do this. Let's get this done."
Ryan's speech got strong reactions, as well as some pushback from fact-checkers:
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was the other star of the convention's second night, with many pundits predicting that she's setting herself up for a major political campaign in 2016 or 2020. Her line about growing up in the Jim Crow South believing that she could be president was especially poignant.
In non-speech convention news, delegates strategized yesterday about how the GOP could make inroads with different voting blocs:
Elsewhere around the convention Wednesday: