Democrats Seek To Lower Expectations On Post-Convention Bounce
USA Today reports today that Democratic officials "worked hard on the eve of their quadrennial gathering's first night to dramatically lower expectations for any major post-convention bounce in the polls for Kerry and Edwards." On Fox News Sunday, Pennsylvania Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell said he didn't think the Democrats will "get very much of a bounce because most of the bounce you get out of a convention is because of the excitement of a vice-presidential pick. . . . Because Senator Kerry picked John Edwards a couple of weeks ago, we got our bounce then." The Los Angeles Times adds that "a good convention gives its candidate a measurable 'bounce' in public opinion, like the eight points Al Gore gained in Los Angeles in 2000 or the stunning 16 points Bill Clinton picked up at Madison Square Garden in 1992. A bad convention ends with no bounce at all."
The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports Bill Clinton is "cutting a wide swath at this convention. And, unlike the 2000 campaign in which he was forced to lie low by Democratic nominee Al Gore, the former president is expected to be a familiar figure on the campaign trail, alternating appearances to promote his new autobiography with stump speeches for Kerry." The Washington Post adds the Clintons, "who arrived for the Democratic convention late Sunday morning, have agreed to exile themselves to a hotel in Cambridge, so they won't 'overshadow' the Kerrys, a few local papers have reported. Unfortunately, Cambridge is only a 10-minute cab ride away, and former presidents don't spend too much time in their hotel rooms."
Fearing Liberal Label, Top Democratic Candidates Will Skip Town By Thursday.
The Washington Post reports today that some Democrats "will be conspicuous by their absence Thursday night, when John F. Kerry accepts the presidential nomination. The top Democratic candidates from seven of the eight most competitive Senate races will be back home, as will dozens of House candidates." The Post adds, "Publicly, these candidates say they need to spend every possible minute campaigning at home. Privately, some acknowledge they do not want to hand their Republican opponents a ready-made campaign ad linking them to the Democratic Party's more liberal figures, such as Massachusetts Sens. Kerry and Edward M. Kennedy, who will loom large here."
Anchors Spar Over Journalistic Techniques.
The New York Times reports ABC's Peter Jennings took a shot at NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw, saying, "Perhaps for Tom it's as much a social occasion as it is for some of the delegates. I think of it more as a target of opportunity." In response to this, "Mr. Brokaw, in turn, ridiculed Mr. Jennings's plans to cover the convention on the Internet and on digital television. . . . While he clearly relished the sniping, Dan Rather, the CBS News anchor, dared not join in, saying, 'I'm not going to touch that one with a 15-foot pole.'"