GIGOT: Well, we know that Ryan has the capacity to articulate the message and make the case. And he's done it on health care one on one with Obama, very effectively in that famous exchange in February of 2010. But what about Romney? Can he make a case?
O'GRADY: Well, he's -- he's definitely getting better. I mean, he has a new speech writer, apparently. I mean, made a couple of very good speeches in that direction, I think. But again, I think that organization and fund-raising...
GIGOT: Will trump message?
O'GRADY: ... is critical.
GIGOT: Will trump message?
O'GRADY: They have the message! They have the message. But they have to find a way to get it out there. The president has the bully pulpit, and that's going to make it very difficult for them.
HENNINGER: The president said one undeniable thing in that speech the other day, which is that in the coming year, we are going to have a debate, he said, about the size and role of government, a debate we've been having since our founding days.
That is what Paul Ryan says. And I think if Mitt Romney spends time with people like Paul Ryan -- and I would add Jeb Bush and Mitch Daniels -- the party will get together and define and clarify its description of the proper role of government. And Romney, I think, is capable of carrying that forward.
GIGOT: All right, Dan, last word.
We have to take one more break. When we come back, "Hits and Misses" of the week.
GIGOT: Time now for "Hits and Misses" of the week. James, first to you.
FREEMAN: This is a hit to the president. Yes, kudos to President Barack Obama...
FREEMAN: ... for on Thursday signing the Jobs Act. It's going to make it easier for young innovative companies to come to the public markets, grow to raise capital. It's a win for America.
GIGOT: And a win for Freeman, I might add, who's been writing editorials about this for two or three years. All right, Mary.
O'GRADY: This is a hit for Landon (ph) Crabtree from Manchester, Tennessee, whose family was burglarized and they lost a couple of iPads, computers, some other electronic equipment. All the adults in the room thought the stuff was gone for good.
Little 8-year-old Landon went on line, downloaded an app designed to track iPads, and figured out that all of his family stuff and a lot more loot that had been stolen was all in a motel room about four miles from the house. They cracked the case and got the stuff back.
So the moral of the story is, if you're having problems with electronics, find an 8-year-old.
GIGOT: All right. Dan?
HENNINGER: Well, this is one of the holiest weekends of the year for many people, and I'm going to give a miss to the Arab spring for not doing a better job of protecting Christian minorities in that part of the world. When most (INAUDIBLE) event this weekend is the potential for bombing of Christian churches as has happened before in Egypt and Nigeria.
Christians and other sects have lived with Islam for thousands of years, and I think that many of these minority groups are going to become under more pressure in places like Syria and even Tunisia. And I would say it's going to be a benchmark of these Islamic governments' acceptance will be their treatment of these minorities in the Middle East.
GIGOT: What I want to know, James, is when did you and Obama have this mind meld on policy?
FREEMAN: It's exciting! I don't know how long the...
GIGOT: All right. Sounds good. That's it for this week's edition of "The Journal Editorial Report." Thanks to my panel and to all of you for watching. I'm Paul Gigot. We hope to see you right here next week.
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