VP candidate ignites the base. And then some.
Forget the boyish vocal tics and the surprising lack of heft in the voice itself.
Paul Ryan delivered a powerhouse speech to the GOP national convention Wednesday.
Set aside the abundance of whoppers in the text.
Ryan served up chunkloads of the red meat the Tampa crowd was starving for -- particularly after Chris Christie's belly-flop-a-palooza Tuesday.
Overlook the inconvenient truth that the vice-presidential candidate's idol, Ayn Rand, was a fire-breathing, pro-abortion atheist, or that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops assailed his iconic budget plan.
Ryan deftly played up his conservative Catholic cred while defusing any audience discomfort with Romney's Mormonism.
And let's simply dismiss that purportedly youthful iPod playlist.
Ryan's classic rock A-Z makes one shudder to think what tunes Mitt Romney (or worse, Joe Biden) cue up when getting their groove on.
Rather, let's remember the rising Republican star's attack lines against President Obama.
Ryan had a bunch of them, which he deployed with expert relish.
The most memorable made a shrewd allusion to Ronald Reagan's arguably game-changing "are you better off now" zinger against a floundering incumbent named Jimmy Carter in 1980.
Ryan said: "Without a change in leadership, why would the next four years be any different from the last four years?"