Live From the RNC 2012 in Tampa: Third Night, August 30th

by Mike

Ryan knocked it out of the park! When Romney asked him to be VP, his response was a crisp

Here’s Paul Ryan from Wednesday night. We also heard from another slate of great speakers, and learned just how many of our current crop of conservative officeholders DID build it themselves. Sen. Rob Portman showed why he shouldn’t have been tapped for VP, and T-Paw exhibited his usual grace and charm. See Wednesday night’s pictures.
Meanwhile, back at the “peanut gallery”, Mike and Mar-Mar will be keeping an eagle eye (literally given the height of our vantage point) on the proceedingHs, and uploading photos as fast as we can. Updated – see below for photos and pithy captions/commentary – click any picture for full screen. (Special thanks to Skip for the tag-team operation posting the photos)

Traffic jams and late nights- the floor filling up a bit more slowly, this third session of RNC 2012 - Part 1

Traffic jams and late nights- the floor filling up a bit more slowly, this third session of RNC 2012 - Part 1

Traffic jams and late nights- the floor filling up a bit more slowly, this third session of RNC 2012 - Part 2

Traffic jams and late nights- the floor filling up a bit more slowly, this third session of RNC 2012 - Part 2

A quite warlike elephant logo at the opening of night 3

A quite warlike elephant logo at the opening of night 3

Boehner introduces the US Central Command Joint Forces Color Team

Boehner introduces the US Central Command Joint Forces Color Team

Dylan Nonaka leads the Pledge of Allegiance

Dylan Nonaka leads the Pledge of Allegiance

SEVEN Sing the National Anthem

SEVEN Sing the National Anthem

Ken Hutchins gives the Invocation

Ken Hutchins gives the Invocation

Connie Mack hails our nominees with the Reagan quote: "Once more, it is morning in America".

Connie Mack hails our nominees with the Reagan quote: "Once more, it is morning in America".

A short Reagan video, followed by Newt and Callista, who draw comparisons with the task facing Reagan, and the task facing R+R

A short Reagan video, followed by Newt and Callista, who draw comparisons with the task facing Reagan, and the task facing R+R

Short video featuring Hispanics who made it and Craig Romney on Mitt's promise to renew the American dream

Short video featuring Hispanics who made it and Craig Romney on Mitt's promise to renew the American dream

Jeb, the nearest to a conservative Bush, praised his family for its service, and told Obama to take the blame for his own policies

Jeb, the nearest to a conservative Bush, praised his family for its service, and told Obama to take the blame for his own policies

Jeb Bush talked about genuine educational improvements and jntroduced top teacher Sean Duffy

Jeb Bush talked about genuine educational improvements and jntroduced top teacher Sean Duffy

Jeb continued with school choice and combatting entrenched unions. Meet Frantz Placide, a school choice success story.

Jeb continued with school choice and combating entrenched unions. Meet Frantz Placide, a school choice success story.

Grant Bennett, Mormon minister, told of Mitt's charitable work, and introduced people touched by Romney's personal compassion.

Grant Bennett, Mormon minister, told of Mitt's charitable work, and introduced people touched by Romney's personal compassion.

Bob White, campaign chairman, Mitt's wingman, and business partner, described Mitt's skill, hard work, and compassion for emlloyees.

Bob White, campaign chairman, Mitt's wingman, and business partner, described Mitt's skill, hard work, and compassion for emlloyees.

Staples founder, Tom Stemberg, talked about Bain's patient capital, and Mitt's management skills

Kerry Healey on her mission to Salt Lake to recruit Mitt for Governor

Kerry Healey on her mission to Salt Lake to recruit Mitt for Governor

Democrats for Mitt? Jane Edmonds, MA Secretary of workforce for Mitt, is a LibDem

Democrats for Mitt? Jane Edmonds, MA Secretary of workforce for Mitt, is a LibDem

Taylor Hicks sings "Taking it to the Streets"

Taylor Hicks sings "Taking it to the Streets"

Kim Rhode (pronounced roadie) introduced a gang of Olympians who came to praise Mitt, not to bury him.

Kim Rhode (pronounced roadie) introduced a gang of Olympians who came to praise Mitt, not to bury him.

A stage full of Olympians (a host of Olympians) singing Mitt's praises

Clint Eastwood on all the quiet conservatives in Hollywood, on the glamour of Obama's election, and the subsequent non delivery on promises. Maybe its time for a businessman!

Clint Eastwood on all the quiet conservatives in Hollywood, on the glamour of Obama's election, and the subsequent non delivery on promises. Maybe its time for a businessman!

Marco Rubio talks about his family and the American Dream and why Romney is the one to restore opportunity

Setting the Stage for Mitt while he works the crowd

Mitt works the crowd as he makes his way to the stage (1)

Mitt works the crowd as he makes his way to the stage (2)

The Capstone of the week - Mitt's acceptance speech went over very well

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