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Enthusiasm Gap:

President Obama at the University of Buffalo today (Photo by Pete Souza)


Magnolia’s Deli and Cafe in Rochester, New York


Next up:

5:55 ET: President Obama delivers remarks at Henninger High School, Syracuse


More pics later, chat on!


This week’s enthusiasm gap news

Facebook: Kent State students and others wait in line for tickets to see President Barack Obama on campus on Sept 26. Distribution of tickets for the event began Sept 24.


This and That – And More On The Enthusiasm Gap


Michael Cohen (The Guardian): Two conventions, two Americas. Seldom has the divide been greater – Witnessing both conferences is to see anger from the Republicans and abiding hope from the Democrats

…. the philosophical and tonal divide between them has never felt broader. Quite simply, Democrats and Republicans operate in two completely distinct realms, one that is defined by an attachment to reality and one that is increasingly detached from it.

…. Republicans reside in a fantasy world where government plays no role but that of malevolence, where the free market is the salvation to all that ails this nation and where the country is locked in a Manichaean struggle between the forces of freedom and a failed, socialist interloper named Barack Obama.

…. For four decades, Republicans have relied on an undercurrent of white resentment toward social and economic change to maintain their pre-eminence in national politics. But with an African-American president and the country moving closer to “minority-majority” status, that dominance is slipping away and it feeds the sense of anger and desperation they tried to keep hidden in Tampa, but that all too often crept to the surface….

…. the contrast between the hues in Charlotte and Tampa was remarkable. The Democratic party is a party that looks like the palette of the American experience, not just in skin colour, but in class level. The Republican party (the one in the Tampa convention hall) is one that looks like Sunday brunch at a country club.

Full article here

Thanks Ladyhawke and amk


President Obama’s introduction at The Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida, Sept 9





AP: Ford is adding 1,200 workers to a suburban Detroit factory to build the Fusion, a sign of confidence that the revamped sedan will be a big seller.

Ford Americas President Mark Fields told workers at the Flat Rock plant Monday that the Fusion’s market segment is growing two times faster than the rest of the U.S. auto industry. The new Fusion goes on sale this fall.

…. Ford will hire the 1,200 new workers starting next spring. It will also invest $555 million in new equipment at the plant.




President Obama demonstrates size of bounce received by Romney after Republican convention:

Florida, Sept. 9


R.E.M.‘s “Losing My Religion” was used in the Fox News coverage of the Democratic National Convention last night. R.E.M. today, through its music publisher, Warner-Tamerlane Music, demanded that Fox News cease and desist from continuing its unlicensed and unauthorized use of the song. Michael Stipe said, “We have little or no respect for their puff adder brand of reportage. Our music does not belong there.”




Steve Kornacki (Salon): Barack Obama is winning …and he has been pretty much all year

The final evidence isn’t in yet, but there are strong indicators that Barack Obama received a real boost from the Democratic convention – bigger than the paltry bump Mitt Romney got out of his party’s gathering and potentially big enough to push Obama’s national lead to heights not seen since Romney emerged from the GOP primaries back in the spring.

Gallup’s daily trendline, which remained flat during and immediately after the Republican convention, has spiked in Obama’s favor over the last few days; as of Sunday afternoon, his lead was five points. He’s also pulled a few points ahead in Rasmussen’s daily poll, which has tended to be more Romney-friendly than other surveys, grabbed a four-point lead in a Reuters/Ipsos poll, and seen his job approval rating crack the 50 percent mark. A PPP poll released Sunday night also showed Obama hitting 50 percent in Ohio…..

The movement in Obama’s direction reinforces a point that many neutral campaign observers have been reluctant to make for months now: The presidential race is not, and has not been, a virtual tie – Obama is, and has been, winning.

More here

Thanks BWD


Kissimmee: Fired Up!

Back in a while 😉


Nope, still no enthusiasm

St. Petersburg, Sept 8 (Oliver Knox)


An oldie ….. but hey, we’re all feeling like this today:


President Obama shakes hands with former Florida Republican Governor Charlie Crist prior to speaking during a campaign event at St. Petersburg Seminole Campus

Click to see the rest of the post: lots and lots and lots more photos


Enthusiasm Gap, Part 986

‘Week in the field: Training session class photo, June 29th’





Hint, hint, hint; nudge, nudge, nudge, wink, wink, wink:

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The Enthusiasm Gap…..


A part of me died tonight: the Russian Grannies only finished second in the Eurovision Song Contest, behind Sweden. 😥

I’ll never recover.


enthusiasm gap update: charlottesville


President Barack Obama at a campaign rally for Representative Tom Perriello in Charlottesville, Virginia, October 29

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enthusiasm gap update: minneapolis

Thousands of people lined up early Saturday to see President Barack Obama as he campaigns for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton.

The decidedly younger crowd snaked several blocks across the University of Minnesota campus for the 2:30 p.m. event.

The president spoke to a crowd of 6,500 at the Field House for about 30 minutes.

According to FOX 9’s Jeff Goldberg, the line appeared to be nearly a mile long. The U estimates the crowd size at the beginning of the president’s address to be around 11,000 at both the Field House and sports pavilion.

Due to rain in the forecast, the President’s rally was moved indoors. It was originally to be held on the University’s Northrop Mall, but was switched inside to the University Fieldhouse

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newsweek poll: obama approval rating jumps, dems close ‘enthusiasm gap’

Newsweek: As the president’s numbers climb sharply, results suggest that Democrats may be succeeding in firing up their base.

Despite doom-saying about Democrats’ chances in the midterms, the latest NEWSWEEK Poll shows that they remain in a close race with Republicans 12 days before Election Day, while the president’s approval ratings have climbed sharply.

The poll finds that 48 percent of registered voters would be more likely to vote for Democrats, compared with 42 percent who lean Republican.

President Obama’s approval ratings have jumped substantially, crossing the magic halfway threshold to 54 percent, up from 48 percent in late September, while the portion of respondents who disapprove of the president dropped to 40 percent, the lowest disapproval rating in a NEWSWEEK Poll since February 2010.







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