THE MAN who many courted until the very end to run for president this year stormed in after Ann Romney’s softer love centric speech and laid the hammer down. Christie’s job was delivering the tough love. Whether anyone was watching that is persuadable wants to hear that their families will be asked to sacrifice more as Wall Street gets off without any punishment for taking our financial system down is another story entirely.

From ABC News:

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, famous for rarely mincing words, prescribed a dose of tough medicine tonight in his keynote speech at the Republican National Convention, telling party delegates and the nation that the solutions to the country’s economic ills “will not be painless.”

“Our problems are big and the solutions will not be painless,” he said. “We all must share in the sacrifice. Any leader that tells us differently is simply not telling the truth.”

The video above was Gov. Chris Christie’s introduction before a speech that by accounts had him using the word “I” 32 times, while uttering the nominee’s name only 7.

Democrats “believe in teacher’s unions. We [Republicans] believe in teachers.”

Republicans have forgotten that it’s unions that built the middle class. It’s why liberals like me were incensed when Pres. Obama blew off Wisconsin, after Democrats in that state voted against the union candidate and decided to nominate a Democrat who bragged about not being a union man.

The case for austerity to come was in every word Gov Christie uttered: “Our leaders today have decided it is more important to be popular, to do what is easy and say ‘yes,’ rather than to say no when ‘no’ is what’s required.”

As things stand today, voters are going to deliver some hard news to Republicans, answering “no” at the ballot box.

They’ve got a long way to go before Mitt Romney’s image will be redrawn, because they didn’t do it last night. With Mrs. Romney’s loving ode slamming up against Gov. Christie’s brute force, the collision became a clang of opposing sounds that were as confusing as their separate scores.