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September 16, 2012
Only 36 percent of those who listened to or watched the Republican convention said that it made them more likely to vote for Romney, versus 46 percent less likely. As far back as 1984, there is no precedent for a convention that repels more voters than it attracts… While the impact of the Democratic convention was below average, the Republicans managed to stage the least effective convention in modern political history.
Mitt Romney’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Campaign | The New Republic (via felixsalmon)

Does Romney need a good convention performance to pull this thing out? 

(via felixsalmon)

14:11 // 1 year ago
September 8, 2012
The bump is actually happening. I know there was some debate whether it would happen… but it’s here.
Ipsos pollster Julia Clark • Referring to speculation over a polling bounce in favor of President Obama, as a result of the Democratic National Convention. The Reuters/Ipsos daily tracking poll released today, from a pool of 1,457 likely voters, shows Obama with a 4 point lead over GOP rival Mitt Romney, 47% – 43%. source
17:31 // 1 year ago
I will not take God out of our platform, I will not take God off our coins, and I will not take God out of my heart.
Mitt Romney •  Speaking in Virginia Beach today. His remarks have stirred up discussion over the implication of the words above – is he suggesting President Obama aims to remove the word “God” from American currency? Romney is clearly ramping up his rhetoric on faith to try to take advantage of the Democrats’ embarrassing platform fracas at the DNC last week. source
16:05 // 1 year ago
September 7, 2012
election:

The Words They Used At The National Convention
I’ve pointed out “women” because one of the bigger impressions I got from the DNC was that the Democrats clearly think they can use the divide on women’s rights (see: Akin, Todd) to their advantage. One of Obama’s biggest rhetorical flourishes last night involved a girl growing up to be president. Almost every speaker spoke to the issue of gender equality as it related to choice and occasionally as it related to equal compensation. I was surprised at how much they seem to feel they have the advantage pressing the attack there. The only thing that surprised me more (at least as far as speech content was concerned) was the repeated, frank mention of voter suppression — maybe a bit cynical on my part, but I assumed that was an issue the media would complain about but would not be spoken about on a national political stage. 
- Jason

This chart also includes a nice list of excerpts where some of the words were used. Pretty rad.

election:

The Words They Used At The National Convention

I’ve pointed out “women” because one of the bigger impressions I got from the DNC was that the Democrats clearly think they can use the divide on women’s rights (see: Akin, Todd) to their advantage. One of Obama’s biggest rhetorical flourishes last night involved a girl growing up to be president. Almost every speaker spoke to the issue of gender equality as it related to choice and occasionally as it related to equal compensation. I was surprised at how much they seem to feel they have the advantage pressing the attack there. The only thing that surprised me more (at least as far as speech content was concerned) was the repeated, frank mention of voter suppression — maybe a bit cynical on my part, but I assumed that was an issue the media would complain about but would not be spoken about on a national political stage. 

- Jason

This chart also includes a nice list of excerpts where some of the words were used. Pretty rad.

(via gov)

11:05 // 1 year ago
imwithkanye:

Jared Leto’s beard made an appearance at the DNC. Jared Leto’s happiness did not. 
(Previously in Jared Leto. H/T TheDorseyShawExperience)

That’s not Jared Leto, that’s the dude from Iron & Wine. 

imwithkanye:

Jared Leto’s beard made an appearance at the DNC. Jared Leto’s happiness did not. 

(Previously in Jared Leto. H/T TheDorseyShawExperience)

That’s not Jared Leto, that’s the dude from Iron & Wine. 

0:33 // 1 year ago
September 6, 2012

VIDEO: Obama’s full Democratic National Convention acceptance speech

Obama did that thing he likes to do. You know, talk to the American people. He kept pretty faithful to the script (it’s over here, if that helps), and could give the president some real strength going into November. Only downside? No Betty White.

23:47 // 1 year ago
"We believe that a little girl who’s offered an escape from poverty by a great teacher or a grant for college could become the founder of the next Google, or the scientist who cures cancer, or the President of the United States – and it’s in our power to give her that chance.” (Above: Second Lady Jill Biden.)

"We believe that a little girl who’s offered an escape from poverty by a great teacher or a grant for college could become the founder of the next Google, or the scientist who cures cancer, or the President of the United States – and it’s in our power to give her that chance.” (Above: Second Lady Jill Biden.)

22:55 // 1 year ago
After all, you don’t call Russia our number one enemy – and not al Qaeda – unless you’re still stuck in a Cold War time warp. You might not be ready for diplomacy with Beijing if you can’t visit the Olympics without insulting our closest ally. My opponent said it was “tragic” to end the war in Iraq, and he won’t tell us how he’ll end the war in Afghanistan. I have, and I will.
Obama mocks Romney’s foreign policy. (Anyone think a Cold War Time Warp sounds like the name of a great chillwave band?)
22:49 // 1 year ago
22:28 // 1 year ago
Someone’s about to give a speech, guys.

Someone’s about to give a speech, guys.

22:25 // 1 year ago