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Looks like Obama scored a measureable convention boost…

 

The polls are coming in as of Friday reviewing the presidential campaign after the Democratic National Convention.

The Rasmussen and Reuters/Ipsos surveys  showed Obama with a lead. In the Rasmussen tracking poll, a three-day average which has tended to show better results for Romney, Obama led 46%-44% among likely voters surveyed, up from a 1-point deficit on Friday and a six-point swing upward since the Republican convention.

Pollster Scott Rasmussen noted that for the first time in his survey, Democrats were now following the campaign as closely as Republican voters, a measure that often predicts turnout.In the Reuters/Ipsos poll Obama led Romney among likely voters by 47%-44%, up a point from Friday’s three-point lead.

Since Romney scored no upgrade after the RNC, Obama’s lift as of Friday is an interesting factor.

 

 

Last night’s convention in 100 seconds…

 

TPM has posted a 100 second summary of last night’s DNC. I love these things:

 

Getting ready for the Democratic Convention…

 

Tomorrow will be the start of three days of Democrats firing up their base and showing support for Barack Obama and Joe Biden. They are in Charlotte, North Carolina, and we’ll be hearing some great speeches.

There’s been a lot of criticism of C lint Eastwood at the Republican Convention with his empty chair routine. A lot of people are suggesting that the Democrats come up with a parody attack. The leading suggestion is to have Betty White talking to Romney in an empty chair. It’s a very funny idea, but it is not going to happen.

Democrats are going to make the point that we are actually better off today than we were when George W. Bush left us in an economic mess.

Just look at how much job growth there has been in the private sector sing the Republicans (red bars) were replaced by Obama and the Democrats (blue bars.) Of course this is what the Republicans lied about last week when they said Obama had done nothing in the last 3 1/2 years.

So I hope everyone enjoys watching the convention and that independents and undecideds go for Obama/Biden and the Democratic congressional candidates.

 

Gallup Poll on Romney’s Convention Speech…

Gallup found the Romney Speech to be the worst one since Bob Dole in 1996.

Gallup results:

That brings into question what the results of his speech will be. Since he outlined no real plans or potential policies but spent most of the speech just introducing himself and attacking Obama, Romney had a performance few will remember. As to memories, I’ll remember Clint Eastwood.

Second Day Summary of the RNC from TPM:

 

Here it is in 100 seconds:

Amazing… it’s all there!

 

Racism raises its ugly head at the RNC…

 

“This is how we feed animals,” were the words shouted at an African-American CNN camera woman while throwing nuts at her at yesterday’s RNC session.

Two people were removed from the Republican National Convention by security and police. Multiple witnesses observed the exchange and the convention released a statement saying:

“Two attendees tonight exhibited deplorable behavior. Their conduct was inexcusable and unacceptable. This kind of behavior will not be tolerated.”

A CNN representative said:

“CNN can confirm there was an incident directed at an employee inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum earlier this afternoon. CNN worked with convention officials to address this matter and will have no further comment.”

No information has been released as to who the two offenders were nor what has happened to them

 

Cartoon(s) of the Week – The Republican Convention is delayed a day… Women cheer!

 

Lee Judge in the Kansas City Star:

Republican Convention is waiting for women…

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Kevin Siers in the Charlotte Observer:

Of course, the strategy is to attack Obama‘s speeches…

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Jim Morin in the Miami Herald:

It’s a good thing women can turn off pregnancy when raped (thanks, Todd Akin)…

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Rob Rogers in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette:

Of course, war is always an issue at conventions…

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Mike Luckovich in the Atlanta Journal Constitution:

…and when they get elected they will start REGULATING.

 

 

Quote of the Day – What you say is what you believe, no?

“I can’t speak to Governor Romney’s motivations. What I can say is that he has signed up for positions, extreme positions, that are very consistent with positions that a number of House Republicans have taken. And whether he actually believes in those or not, I have no doubt that he would carry forward some of the things that he’s talked about.”

– President Obama

This has been the problem all along… Romney has no position that is decidedly his, since that would never have gotten him through the primaries. Keep an ear out at the Republican Convention and see what he holds to there… you can bet it will be Ryan and Tea Party basics.

What I think is going to be the best exposure of his inability to speak for himself will be during the Obama/Romney debates. This may even be entertaining.

Republicans support business… Wait ’til their Convention

From The Political Carnival:

Across Tampa Bay, many of the area’s estimated 50 strip establishments are upgrading lighting, hiring dancers and creating private nooks to cash in on some of the 50,000 visitors expected for the GOP convention. Long one of Tampa’s signature industries, strip clubs are preparing for the RNC as earnestly as the city has been repairing bridges, repaving streets and planting park benches downtown.

…and Mitt gets in for free.

A Quote for the Morning – Here’s some prime speculation…

So the rumor is that Newt has picked Rick Perry to be his VP partner… Wouldn’t that make a swell team?

If there is any chance that a brokered convention, like the one the Repiglicuns are getting closer and closer to having, this could be the nominated package. You can bet the Democrats are saying “Good luck, guys.”

A Newt staffer said this, though:

“Gov. Perry thinks Newt Gingrich is the strongest conservative to debate and defeat President Obama and truly overhaul Washington. The speculation is humbling but premature.”