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Wednesday, July 28, 2004
Bite-Size Toast: A DNC Convention Update (Fortifying your Daily Political Analysis)
By Steven Taylor @ 9:49 am

Bite-Size Toast: A Supplement to this week’s Toast-o-meter


Rather than wait until the end of the week, when the news would be, well, stale, here’s a bite-sized version (ok, actually it is practically a loaf in and of itself) detailing the first two nights of the DNC. More bite-size toast tomorrow examining tonight’s festivities.

Initial assessments: the convention’s first two nights have been a tad lukewarm, and hence so far have not been able to toast President Bush in any substantial sense (one guesses that Mr. Bush is feeling more heat from the Texas sun than he has, to date, from the convention). Indeed, Bush may be feeling more immediate heat from Michael Moore.

I remain unconvinced that the “play it nice/don’t overtly bash Bush” strategy is all that wise. First, it assumes that Kerry has the lead, which is by no means the case (neither of them can claim a lead at this point). Second, the lack of passion isn’t good for the base (which plays to issues such as turn-out, which will be key this year, especially if the tie we see in the polls persists to election day).

Indeed, Kerry, though confident, could be feeling a tad warm from his own base. For example, this is not the kind of headline Kerry is hoping for, but I guess hell take it: Many in Boston Will Settle for Boring Over Bush.

And along those lines, Betsy Newmark share the following:

Mickey Kaus records an actual conversation overheard in a cab.
Passenger: “Fleet Center, please.”

Boston cab driver (an immigrant): “You like John Kerry, eh?”

Passenger: “Well, I’m a Democrat but I don’t really like Kerry that much.”

Cab driver: “I hear that all day. All day. ‘I don’t like Kerry.’ Why you pick him if you don’t like him?”

And here’s the re-cap of the first two nights of the convention:


The big stories on Monday were:

  • Kerry throws out the first pitch at the Red Sox-Yankees’ game (I won’t mention that he didn’t get the ball to the plate…).
  • Mrs. Heinz-Kerry tells reporter to “stuff it”. (No word on if Edwards uttered the phrase “Big Time” in relationship to this event). See OTB and and The Moderate Voice for details.

    The Speeches:

  • McQ has a list of Convention Quotes - Night 1.


  • CNN: Carter calls on Americans to repudiate ‘extremist doctrines’.
  • Kevin Alyward, blogging live from the DNC, comments on Jimmy Carter.
  • Is it just me: is having Carter lecturing us on the economy and foreign policy a tad much?


  • In the “Gore just can’t win” category: MSNBC reported that
    Al Gore’s speech was basically torn up, according to two sources, and is now being rewritten, presumably to fit more closely with the party line.

  • On balance, Gore was fine but really, a tad unenergetic.


  • Kevin Drum noted that her speech met with a “tepid” response.


  • As Reuters put it: Clinton Still the Star as He Stumps for Kerry.
  • Said the Denver Post: Clinton revs up Dems.


    The big story on Tuesday was, of course, the Bunny suit and the ensuing BunnyGate.

    Republicans were touting a poll showing Kerry Weakening on Issues, Attributes. Paul at Wizbang blogged the details.

    Some other general stories:

  • Democrats Focus on Healing Divisions.
  • Letterman, after listing the night’s speakers (Teddy, Dean, Teresa), referred to it as “Loose Cannon Tuesday”
  • Here’s CNN’s recap of the night’s speeches: Kerry will restore hope - Jul 28, 2004


  • N.Z. Bear wonders about Teddy’s sense of humor.

    Ron Reagan

  • Ramesh Ponnuru On Ron Reagan & Democratic Convention.


  • Kevin Alyward notes the advent of Obamania.
  • Sully was favorably impressed with Obama.
  • As was Amy Sullivan, guest-blogging at Political Animal. Short version of Sullivan’s lengthy post: “He rocked.”
  • Kevin Drum liked him, too.
  • Even Crush Kerry gave Obama an “A+” for helping Kerry and an “F” in terms of his speech helping Bush.


  • Here’s the Boston Heralds’s take: Teresa relishes moment: Heinz Kerry touts her right to be outspoken.
  • Joe Gandelman has extension comments on Mrs. H-K’s speech.
  • Sully discusses what he terms “The Teresa Problem”.

    Update: cross-posted at Blogs for Bush.

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    1. Convention Coverage
      Covering the DNC like butter on bread: it’s the a supplement to this week’s Toast-O-Meter….

      Trackback by The Command Post - 2004 US Presidential Election — Wednesday, July 28, 2004 @ 10:17 am

    2. At Large
      Steven Taylor has a “Bite-Size Toast-O-Meter,” which includes the following observation:Kerry throws out the first pitch at the Red Sox-Yankees’ game (I won’t mention that…

      Trackback by Priorities & Frivolities — Wednesday, July 28, 2004 @ 1:26 pm

    3. Talk Among Yourselves
      I’m stuck in an airport waiting on a flight home, with limited time and access. I’ll be back with fresh material this evening. In the meantime, there’s a late breaking caption contest, the Kerry Toast-o-meter, and Kerry’s House of Ketchup…

      Trackback by Wizbang — Wednesday, July 28, 2004 @ 1:41 pm

    4. I really appreciate these updates. I haven’t had time to watch this year and your summaries are a very nice supplement to my other readings.

      Comment by Admiral Quixote — Wednesday, July 28, 2004 @ 2:42 pm

    5. We aim to serve :)

      Comment by Steven — Wednesday, July 28, 2004 @ 3:02 pm

    6. Watching TV so I don’t have to
      There’s something very nice about not having access to a television this week. Others, however, are less fortunate. I may have to deliberately take my TV out of order when I get back to Jackson so I can avoid the…

      Trackback by Signifying Nothing — Wednesday, July 28, 2004 @ 5:20 pm

      (The first part of this file is buried so deep, I figured I better start a new one.) 7/28 Edition. Best bloggy round-ups. I have limited access to TV tonight. Here are a few good places to visit for convention…

      Trackback by Michelle Malkin — Wednesday, July 28, 2004 @ 7:40 pm

    8. Blogging Kerry and the Dems
      Once again, in general, you simply want to go to Rob Sama and Katie for some great coverage of and commentary on the primetime convention proceedings for the evening.

      Rob has

      Trackback by Accidental Verbosity — Wednesday, July 28, 2004 @ 10:51 pm

    9. Convention Roundup

      Poliblogger has a pretty good convention roundup you might want to check out.

      Trackback by Dean's World — Thursday, July 29, 2004 @ 2:40 am

    10. I wonder when the Female voter’s LUST factor, for kerry will kick in. Ohhhhhhhhhhhh, he’s so hotttttt. What a hunk, yeah, what a hunk of excretment .I saw him with his boat buddies, or is that butt buddies, I’m not sure. the guy was in the Navy for how long?And the creep still cannot render a proper salute. Some CiC he’ll be.
      I can see it now, Women swooning all over him, going ga ga, when they see him, having “accidents,”as he passes by. God, I hope not.

      Comment by john vanderslice — Thursday, July 29, 2004 @ 8:58 am

    11. Convention Round-Up
      Here’s today’s round-up of news and blogospheric reaction to the speech. Plus: comic relief. And if you missed them, the prior round-ups from earlier in the week: The Pre-DNC Toast-O-Meter. Bite-Sized Toast for Monday/Tuesday. Bite-Size Toa…

      Trackback by The Command Post - 2004 US Presidential Election — Friday, July 30, 2004 @ 2:32 pm

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