Thursday, if Mitt Romney wants to top the three speeches from Wednesday's Republican National Convention, he’ll have his work cut out for him. No offense to John McCain, but tonight's speeches by New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan were the ones that electrified the packed house.
Wednesday was an exhilarating evening with messages of change, hope, family, inspiration and politics, and the crowd ate it up!
Susana Martinez spoke of never thinking that as a child growing up she never thought it possible that she would become the first Hispanic female governor in the country and the first female governor in New Mexico state history.
She received great applause from the crowd especially when she told the story of how her father, a sheriff, told her to take care of herself as she guarded a church parking lot, so she carried a 357 Magnum. She put a great face on the Republican Party for women and Hispanic Americans.
Condoleezza Rice gave an amazing speech with powerful criticism of the country's current standing in the international community. She asked, "Where does America stand?” in a speech that never mentioned President Obama by name.
“When friends and foes alike don't know the answer to that question - clearly and unambiguously - the world is likely to be a chaotic and dangerous place," she said.
Many in the crowd commented on her intelligence, strength and oratory prowess, and all gave her rousing applause.
I wasn't sure of what to expect from Paul Ryan's performance, but I thought he gave one of the most effective and inspiring speeches that I've heard in a long time. It had humor, making fun of Mitt Romney's taste in music and their age difference ("His music is heard in elevators and my play list starts at AC/DC and ends with Zeppelin."
He also showed great emotion and reverence for his father and his mother who he called his role model while getting choked up and stopping for water. The Vice Presidential nominee also effectively challenged the President's record and the disconnect between what he says and does.
I know Ryan's speech hit home because at the end of his speech, my 23 year old daughter Jamie (who cares very little about politics), texted me that she thought Paul Ryan was great, and that she thought his speech was perfect. If we get 23-year-old women to vote for Romney/Ryan this year, then the speech was perfect.
Great night for Republicans, and I also enjoyed meeting both Utah Senator Orrin Hatch and Yankee President Randy Levine, who is a great Republican.
I’m looking forward to tomorrow (Thursday) when my daughter Michelle and granddaughter come in from Cape Coral to join me at the final day of the convention. Mitt Romney sure better bring his "A" game!