:: Monday, August 02, 2004 ::
Analysts said the lack of a bounce may reflect the intensely polarized contest. Nearly nine of 10 voters say their minds are made up and won't change. "The convention, typically a kicking-off point for a party, is now merely a reaffirmation" of where voters stand, said David Moore, senior editor of the Gallup Poll.
Oh really--"merely a reaffirmation"? The historically rare fact that Kerry's campaign experienced no bounce after the Democratic Convention is being explained away as a result of a 'polarized electorate' that's locked on to their respective candidates? Obviously, The bounceless convention isn't John Kerry's fault!
But consider this:
Bush, having survived the unprecedented tsunami of negative and propagandized media, including the relentless over-coverage of the screaming Democratic primaries; subsequent tell-all book releases from partisan hacks Joe Wilson, Paul O'Neill, Richard Clark, Al Franken, John W. Dean (to name just a few and there are more on the way); movie releases including Fahrenheit 911 and the Manchurian Candidate (and there are more on the way); the tens of millions of dollars in negative ads run by Dem 527s; two weeks of bitter Democratic Convention soundbites by a generally vicious and self-proclaimed liberal media; Bush now heads into the Republican convention with a slight lead in the polls! It's utterly remarkable.
Question: If coming out of the Republican Convention, Bush's polling numbers spike (I'm predicting flubberlike boing)--and given that the 'polarized electorate' is apparently locked on their respective candidates, to what odd political phenomenon will the elite media attribute such a 'bounce'? It'll be facinating to watch them spin (assuming, that is, anyone is still 'watching').
:: Max 12:04 PM [+] ::