Archive for August 26th, 2008

Last night went fine at the convention, but there were opportunities for big emotion that went unused. Tonight, I suspect Hillary will present a video that’s got power – not like the plodding Ken Burns piece for Teddy last night. They need each other, and they know it. If Clinton supporters don’t come to Obama’s […]


We’ve been hearing forever about the Bradley Effect – the theory that black candidates don’t do as well on election day as polls predict because people don’t give pollsters their true opinions. If you look at the statistical dead heat of this race, plug in the Bradley effect, you figure McCain’s leading by 6 or […]


Sam Says

26Aug08

Sam Donaldson, echoing James Carville, says the Democrats had best start throwing some red meat to the dogs, or risk getting eaten alive. Recorded on August 26, 2008, by Stephen Keating for PoliticsWest


Ed Rendell, the Governor of Pennsylvania, was a big Hillary supporter. And now he’s supporting, of course, Barack Obama, but he doesn’t sound particularly excited about it. “With people who have a lot of gifts, it’s hard for people to identify with them,” the governor said. “Barack Obama is handsome. He’s incredibly bright. He’s incredibly […]


The Other Split

26Aug08

We’re all well aware of the Hillary / Obama split in the Democratic Party. But there’s another split, perhaps bigger, and perhaps hidden behind the television appeal of the tension between the victor and the vanquished. Walk into almost any hotel here this week and you can find an odd sight: Liberal Democrats starting their […]


McCain Leads

26Aug08

Did Joe Biden’s selection as Barack’s running mate excite voters? It’s official: Barack Obama has received no bounce in voter support out of his selection of Sen. Joe Biden to be his vice presidential running mate. While Rasmussen shows the race as a tie, today’s Gallup Daily Tracking Poll has McCain jumping into a 2 […]


Double Even

26Aug08

Yesterday, Gallup showed the presidential race as a tie, while Rasmussen’s Daily Tracking Poll had a 3 point lead for Obama. Today, the lead for Obama is gone. The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows Barack Obama attracting 44% of the vote while John McCain also earns 44%. When “leaners” are included, […]