Best and worst moments of the Republican National Convention so farAugust 30, 2012 8:53 AM
Best speech: Utah congressional candidate Mia Love, the African-American mayor of Saratoga Springs and a daughter of immigrants, gave a short, energetic speech capturing her parents' journey to America with just $10 in their pockets. "When tough times came, they did not look to Washington, they looked within," Love said to an adoring crowd. She killed it.
Best video moment: George H.W. Bush's impersonation of Dana Carvey's impersonation of George H.W. Bush.
Best line: New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, who gave a solid address calling for Hispanic voters to take another look at her party, said her dad gave her a .357 Magnum when she was an 18-year-old helping out the family's security business. "That gun weighed more than I did."
Best 'thanking Mom' moment: Paul Ryan, praising his mother in the convention hall as his "role model" who "got on a bus every weekday for years and rode 40 miles" to earn a degree and new skills to start her small business after Ryan's father died at age 50.
Worst convention moment: An incident involving two RNC attendees, who were ejected after throwing nuts at a black CNN camerawoman and saying "This is how we feed animals." The convention released a statement saying the attendees "exhibited deplorable behavior" and that their conduct was "inexcusable and unacceptable."
Worst speech: Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell's opening remarks on Wednesday night. People were still filing into the auditorium, but the Senate minority leader - most famous for declaring in 2010 the Republican party's "single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president" - didn't exactly help himself with a long-winded, dry address.
Worst truth-stretch Paul Ryan certainly kept the fact-checkers busy in his speech last night, but the biggest stretching of the truth was his attack on President Barack Obama for not doing enough to save a GM plant that closed before Obama took office. You can read about the other ones here.
Worst joke: There were quite a few stinkers, but former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty calling Barack Obama the "tattoo" president, in that getting a big tattoo "might have seemed cool at the time but later on, that decision doesn't look so good."
Worst song: The RNC house band, led by ex-Saturday Night Live guitarist G.E. Smith, and their sanitized version of Led Zeppelin's Rock'n 'Roll when Paul Ryan's family came out at the end of his acceptance speech.