Rich Galen

When Ryan spoke about his mom, having lost her husband at age 50, taking a bus 40 miles each way to Madison (home of the University of Wisconsin) to get a degree and start a small business, he wiped his eyes. And I wiped mine.

As he hit his stride his pacing became perfect, his delivery flawless.

His topic was the recapitulation of the melody introduced by Rice and Martinez in their vocal sonatas.

"When I was waiting tables, washing dishes, or mowing lawns for money, I never thought of myself as stuck in some station in life. I was on my own path, my own journey, an American journey where I could think for myself, decide for myself, define happiness for myself."

He touched on the age difference between him (42) and Governor Romney (65) by teasing about their musical tastes:

We're a full generation apart, Governor Romney and I. And, in some ways, we're a little different. There are the songs on his iPod, which I've heard on the campaign bus and on many hotel elevators. He actually urged me to play some of these songs at campaign rallies. I said, I hope it's not a deal-breaker Mitt, but my playlist starts with AC/DC, and ends with Zeppelin.

Ryan built up to the finish by reminding the delegates:

"We have responsibilities, one to another - we do not each face the world alone. And the greatest of all responsibilities, is that of the strong to protect the weak. The truest measure of any society is how it treats those who cannot defend or care for themselves."

In the end, as it was planned to be, it was Paul Ryan's night.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at