The worst metaphor. Rick Santorum: “I held its hand. I shook the hand of the American Dream. And it has a strong grip.” Umm . . . what?!?

The best dressed. A tie between Ann Romney and Condi Rice.

The worst moment in a speech. Mike Huckabee declaring: “[F]or years, [Joe Biden] gave less than two-tenths of one percent of his own money to charity. He just wants you to give the government more so he and the Democrats can feel better about themselves. Mitt Romney has given over 16 percent of his income to church and charity.” It’s just the sort of thing Mitt Romney would never say.

The best zinger of the convention. From Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.): “College graduates should not have to live out their 20s in their childhood bedrooms, staring up at fading Obama posters and wondering when they can move out and get going with life.”

The worst part of Tampa, other than the humidity. The enormous, oppressive security apparatus (and those silly khaki uniforms for the local sheriff’s department, which cost $500,000.)

The best-dressed delegation. Texas, with a different matching outfit for each night.

The worst example of milking a line to death. From Wednesday night: “You did built it.”

The best thing to come out of the cancellation of Monday’s events. The universal recognition that these things are too long.

The worst TV moment of the convention. Could there be any doubt? Chris Matthews.

The best effort in maintaining suspense. The “mystery speaker.”

The worst part about the convention’s end. By a mile: No more CNN Grill.