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September 04, 2012 9:16 AM Not Entirely a Conventional Week

By Ed Kilgore

It’s going to be an intense mini-week, folks. The Democratic Convention, like its Republican predecessor (though by plan, not weather necessity) is a condensed three-day affair with three prime-time anchors. Tonight will be the keynote address by San Antonio Mayor Julio Castro followed by remarks from First Lady Michelle Obama. Wednesday night’s big feature will be a much-awaited speech by former President Bill Clinton. And on Thursday night the Vice-President and President make their pitches.

Then we’ll get a loud if inconsequential spin battle over the net effect of the two conventions as polls begin to roll out.

But economic news will also dominate the end of the week, with a big meeting of European central bankers on Thursday and then the August jobs report on Friday.

The plan here for the Democratic Convention will be similar to last week’s: I’ll take an “intermission” from regular blogging at some point in the afternoon and then provide live-blogging for the key evening speeches.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

Comments

  • stormskies on September 04, 2012 9:35 AM:

    And thanks to our corporate media via the likes of Bob "I am not a Repiglican Cum Slut" Scheiffer the Democratic convention is starting off playing defense because of the idiocy of this question created by the Repiglicans and their enabling media: Are you better off than you were four years ago ?

    To even ask such a question demonstrates the lunacy of not only the Repiglicans, but the corporate media itself.

    The answer of course is a no brainer.

  • c u n d gulag on September 04, 2012 9:50 AM:

    Why can't we have a more sensible election system?

    If Obama wins, the moment his hand's off the Bible, Republicans and Democrats will start formally forming their 2016 political campaigns.
    And if Romney wins, it'll just be the Democrats.

    Why can't we have publicly-funded elections, where the campaigns start after the Fourth of July, have all 50 of the idiotic primaries in the month of August, the useless conventions in the two weeks after Labor Day, and Election Day be the first weekend in November, or the first full week of November that includes two weekends, to maximize the number of voters?

    Never mind.
    DON'T answer that...
    I know - THE MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Nancy Cadet on September 04, 2012 10:08 AM:

    I think the San Antonio mayor 's name is Julian Castro.

    And his identical twin brother is Joaquin.

    Some are taking bets on whether any reporters will confuse the two. Joaquin is also a Dem politician .

  • Stetson Kennedy on September 04, 2012 10:09 AM:

    I have a great idea for the democratic convention: invite Robert Redford to give an address, but rather than interview an empty chair, he can interview an empty suit.

    The empty suit - a perfect metaphor for the GOP candidate.

  • Anonymous on September 04, 2012 1:06 PM:

    Ed: Thank you! You're insights are some of the smartest and wisest of any I am reading on the web now. You can connect the dots like few others. And you are a hell of a writer too! Great work!

  • lou on September 04, 2012 1:08 PM:

    Ed: Thank you! You're insights are some of the smartest and wisest of any I am reading on the web now. You can connect the dots like few others. And you are a hell of a writer too! Great work!