The Worst-Timed Convention Ever

The Republican National Convention wasn't timed very well.  This has nothing to do with Gustav, since the Republican party could not have anticipated that a hurricane would hit the Gulf Coast while they tried to have their little party (and judging by the crowds, it is a little party).

Putting it right after the Democratic convention was supposed to kill any bounce the Democrats had; instead, it serves as a chance for the media and common people to compare the two events.  And the RNC is left begging. Even the least experience of all journalists are calling it out.

But there are other factors:

John McCain's birthday: John McCain turned 72 years old on Friday. While this was largely killed by his announcement of Palin, it still warranted some mention in the media.

Hurricane Katrina: Sure, the Republicans couldn't have planned that Gustav would hit, but planning the convention right after Hurricane Katrina... that just doesn't make any sense. Katrina was one of the Republicans worst failings of the past eight years.  With the picture of McCain and Bush eating cake while Katrina flooded, this makes it even worse.

NFL Debut: When Barack Obama spoke last Thursday, he received huge ratings, the largest of any political convention ever. McCain was never going to reach those numbers because the excitement about his candidacy is nowhere near that of the excitement about Obama's candidacy.  But it also is on the same day that the Washington Redskins play at the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants. Last year's debut game on NBC easily won the ratings battle and is expected to do so again.

All in all, it adds up to horrible timing and less attention on the actual convention.  Though with the small crowds, police presence in St. Paul and massive protests against them, perhaps it WAS for the best.

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Re: The Worst-Timed Convention Ever

I have this take, by putting it so close to the DNC and second they ran the risk of everybody getting wrapped up in the first and and being a bit burned out by the second. They spent a week watching and hearing about the DNC, the speeches, the drama. The RNC is now overload.

by jsfox 2008-09-03 12:36PM | 0 recs
I really can't believe

they didn't look at the NFL schedule before they picked this week.

by JJE 2008-09-03 12:43PM | 0 recs
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It's insane. Palin might be the smartest pick on paper ever that turned out to be such an unmitigated disaster once announced. Time will tell, I suppose, but this was not supposed to go down like this, and the temper of the McCain campaign is beginning to show. It's going to affect his speech tomorrow if it doesn't change tonight. McCain does really poorly when he's rattled.

by vcalzone 2008-09-03 12:49PM | 0 recs
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Whats been neglected is the fact that the Labor department is set to release job numbers including unemployment on Friday.

My understanding is there is a projection of 75,000 jobs lost for the month of August, and unemployment up slightly.

Not a good news byte the day after the GOP convention and McCains acceptance speech.

by wiscogirl101 2008-09-03 01:48PM | 0 recs

That's gonna leave a mark.

Hey its not all their fault. The Great Spirit in the Sky obviously also has it in for them sending so many hurricanes to give us all Katrina deja vu.

by Betsy McCall 2008-09-03 02:20PM | 0 recs
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I also can't believe that they would start the convention on Labor Day. Had the Republicans been smart, they would have had the convention last week, and forced the Democrats to have theirs before the Olympics.

by Zzyzzy 2008-09-03 02:21PM | 0 recs


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