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

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
by Mike

Mike is a British import of more than 30 years, who was a conservative in the days of Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan.

A staunch constitutionalist, Mike espouses all good causes toward the libertarian side of conservative – EG he who governs least, governs best. He believes that the Declaration, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights mean what they say, and that candidates for office should take their oaths of office seriously.
Here to defend, without irony “Your rights as Englishmen from distant and tyrannical government”, Mike knows whereof he speaks and exhorts all US citizens to live, breathe and teach our history and our constitution.