Democratic Party contemplating cutting a day off of convention schedule.
For a Party so supposedly loaded down with cash, they're doing a lot of austerity programs.
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I can't seem to avoid the front page today. Via Hot Air:
A short but sweet gathering
July 3, 2008
Barack Obama's campaign and the Democratic National Committee are toying with a convention scheduling change that has been broached before in theory but never seriously considered: cutting the party's conclave in Denver short by one day to give Obama an extra day of post-nomination bounce in the crowded August calendar.
For the last several decades -- when conventions became forums that merely rubber-stamp a presumptive nominee -- they have traditionally run from Monday through Thursday. Increasingly, both parties have struggled to offer something of interest during the first couple of convention nights, and the television networks have responded by dramatically reducing live coverage. The only truly significant event has been the nominee's acceptance speech, delivered during prime time on Thursday evening.
But Obama aides have floated the idea of ending the Denver convention on Wednesday, Aug. 27, instead of Thursday, Aug. 28.
You'll notice - although the LA Times didn't - that the aforementioned Obama aides completely overlooked the fact that their blithe suggestion would muck up network lineup schedules. The time to do that was four months ago, guys. Springing it on them seven weeks out isn't very nice.
In his post, Ed Morrissey seems to take the position that this is primarily driven by the worries over a simultaneously lousy and truncated post-convention bounce first, and worries about money second. Personally, I think that it's the other way around: the DNC has been perennially strapped for cash since the start of this election cycle, and this move is entirely consistent with a need to shave off large gobs of cash somewhere. While I grant that the gap between the conventions is rather small this year, I'm not convinced that having a longer one would have produced a larger bounce, or even that the bounce is really all that significant to begin with. In many ways, polls are just there to keep the political junkies interested in the slack times between election days.
But money's always interesting in its own right. We've known for some time that the Democratic convention's been suffering, so I find the suggestion that they're floating the idea of handling the problem by lowering expectations below the usual baseline to be highly engrossing. Particularly since money problems should be the last thing that the Democrats should be facing right now: we were told that June was supposed to be an insanely good month for the Obama campaign, after all. Which I'm sure that they did, although we apparently have to wait while they count it all. I suppose that whoever they got to do the counting back in April must be on vacation this month.
So it's all very... off-message, don't you think?
PS: Oh, yes, I'm also calling on the McCain campaign to release their June numbers, too.