Ryan seemed comfortable in this traditional role of the VP candidate, tearing Obama's insufferable and empty talk to pieces; shining a light on the failed policies of the past four years.
And he did it with ridicule.
I don't want to bore you with superlatives, because that's too easy. Ryan avoided the Mondale vibe ('hard truths") quite effectively. He talked about tough times, but connected them all to the incumbent.
I'm feeling better tonight, and it seemed like the crowd in Tampa was feeling it, too.
One passage worth repeating: