Speaking of what Mitt might say tonight, our editor-in-chief Paul Glastris was on NPR’s Talk of the Nation yesterday with former Reagan speechwriter Peter Robinson commenting on prospects for Romney’s acceptance speech. Here’s a link to the audio. Paul feels there is a conflict between Romney’s need to connect with voters and and also to show some authenticity. He also gave this succinct response to the perennial question as to whether such speeches should be about “character” or “policy:”

When a politican is asking to be put in charge of the country, it is a mark of his or her character to tell the American people what they intend to do with that power.

By that standard, Paul Ryan didn’t exhibit much character last night. It’s unlikely that the guy who put him on the ticket will be much better.

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.