New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gave a stemwinder of a keynote speech to open the Republican convention; depending on your point of view it was either brimming with passion or dripping with anger.
The star of the evening was Ann Romney, who spoke so warmly and effectively of the importance of love. Christie took the opposite tack, citing his mother's advice to "choose respect over love."
Christie had a lot to say, but there were a few things conspicuously missing:
— No mention of the Republican Party platform.
— No mention of President George W. Bush and his two terms in office.
— No mention of President George H.W. Bush.
— No mention of the Republican-led House of Representatives that boasts of its uncompromising approach, although Christie boasted of his own record of bipartisan cooperation in New Jersey.
— No mention of how the nation was plunged into the Great Recession.
— No mention of Iraq, Afghanistan and the two wars started by the last Republican administration at great cost in lives and treasure.
— No mention of the Republcan administration that came into office with budget surpluses and left us with record deficits.
— No mention of foreign policy.
But as Scarlett O'Hara said, "Tomorrow's another day," and next up is vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan.