|Speech of the night.|
|A close second.|
For comparison, here are my quick assessments from Day 1.
Unfortunately I missed Rand Paul, so I'll have to update that here after watching a replay.
The speeches tonight were good and certainly from a generally higher profile group than the first night (Christie being the obvious exception yesterday as the keynote speaker, and Abbe Romney also).
John McCain - the speech was okay, but he seemed tired and quite uninspiring. D
Rob Portman - some great parts and some dull parts, but overall - pretty good. B-
Tim Pawlenty - A lot of good one liners kept the crowd engaged but not on their feet. B
Mike Huckabee - His prior speaking experience showed. On point, well spoken, and engaging. B+
Condoleeza Rice - Resolute, stirring and focused on national security which has only been casually mentioned heretofore. Included the topics of trade and energy and economy and tied it all back to conservative philosophy. Inspired the crowd, and me. Rousing. A+
Susana Martinez - I wouldn't have wanted to follow Condi Rice. But her family success story was inspiring and important. I wonder if MSNBC showed her. B
Paul Ryan - He hit all the right notes but it was not moving the way Rice's speech was. If it had started a bit more energetically the way it was when it had built up, his would have been the speech of the night. Still, a forward moving speech that was very strong over the latter half. A