I can't recall watching a political speech as stirring as Chris Christie's keynote address to the GOP convention on Tuesday night. He was funny and self-deprecating, but then built to an emotional crescendo that called the troops to arms and laid out the gravity of the task ahead in a stentorian voice like Cato the Elder telling the Roman Senate that "Carthage must be destroyed". It was awesome. Watch the whole 25 minutes - it's a master class in political oratory.
UPDATE: Best comment on Christie's speech so far, from Jesse Walker at Reason : "I'd rather be yelled at by a fat guy from Jersey than smothered with a pillow full of inspirational rhetoric."