Fear from Ryan
Paul Ryan's delivery is smooth. But his message is one of fear. He does not inspire and when compared to the president's he falls short in comforting a worried nation.
But he delivered an ideological treatise, which can serve him and his party well. What Democrats lack is a coherent set of principles that inform their policies. Ideology is a dirty word, but it is what many voters look for. They want a moral anchor. Republicans are much better at throwing people one.