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Don't miss the wrap-up of The American Prospect 's round-the-clock convention coverage. Below, you'll find our blog from the climax of the convention on Thursday, as well as links to the earlier coverage. And we've got much more coverage than just the blog. Take a look at these great stories from Todd Gitlin, Robert Kuttner, Michael Tomasky, Harold Meyerson, and many more! Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday C-SPAN, KERRY SPEECH, 1:13 A.M.: Kerry passed on the opportunity I talked about on TAPPED a few days ago -- the chance to frame any action Bush takes on the 9-11 Commission's recommendations. I had to watch Kerry's speech again to be sure, but the sad truth is that, for all of the piercing attacks he fired off (and there were more than anybody predicted), he made virtually no effort to define Bush on this front. Edwards set Kerry up for it, in what I thought was one of the best lines of his speech: "We are approaching the third anniversary of September 11th, and I can tell...

Purple People Watch

Florida. Some good news for John Kerry in last week's American Research Group poll of likely Florida voters, which gave him a 47-44-3 lead, the largest ARG has ever registered for Kerry in the Sunshine State. Factoring Nader out leaves Kerry with a slightly stronger 49-45 lead. Even better, Kerry has now reached 100 percent name recognition with a 51-44 favorable-unfavorable spread, while George W. Bush suffers with a net negative 44-46 split. On the other hand, a July 12-14 poll by Republican firm Strategic Visions had Kerry-Edwards lagging two points behind Bush-Cheney in a survey with a larger sample of likely voters. Thus with things remaining close, efforts to assemble a winning coalition amidst Florida's ethnic mélange continue furiously. The New Republic 's Ryan Lizza reports that the Kerry campaign thinks it may be the first to successfully break the GOP's stranglehold on the Cuban-American vote by exploiting generational divisions within the community, while the Palm Beach...

Devil in the Details

John Edwards Pop Quiz 1. John Edwards' father worked: a) in a paper mill b) in a textile mill c) for General Mills d) as a research assistant to C. Wright Mills 2. In 1997, Edwards won a $25 million verdict for a girl injured by: a) a NASCAR driver b) a faulty swimming-pool drain c) a super-sized burger d) Jesse Helms 3. Four Trials is: a) the attorneys' version of the Passover Seder b) a 1981 Lina Wertmuller movie c) John Edwards' biography about his legal career d) the in-development story of Martha Stewart and her investment adviser, Peter Bacanovic 4. Edwards was born in: a) Seneca, South Carolina b) Robbins, North Carolina c) Nashville, Tennessee d) Raleigh, North Carolina 5. How old is Edwards? a) 51 b) 41 c) 31 d) 21 6. What sport(s) did Edwards letter in during high school? a) football b) football and track c) football, basketball, track, and tennis d) curling 7. Who is John Wagner? a) Robert Wagner's younger brother b) the (Raleigh) News & Observer reporter who trailed...

Purple People Watch

Colorado. In a debate taped Monday for broadcast on Friday, the two contenders for the GOP Senate nomination in Colorado, conservative Pete Coors and more conservative Rep. Bob Schaffer fell over each other to prove their fealty to the president's Iraq policies. According to Schaffer (though not to actual intelligence professionals or Middle East analysts), "It is very clear that Saddam Hussein played a substantial role in promoting terrorism around the world." Coors took things a step further and indicated that even wondering whether or not the war was a good idea was unsound. "Hindsight's 50-50," he stated before correcting himself: "Or 20-20. Perfect vision looking back." Indeed. Coors went on to slam Schaffer for singing a different Iraq tune during his days in Congress when he failed to support the Clinton administration's 1997 air strikes. The key issue in the GOP primary, however, continues to be social issues, with Coors dogged by accusations of being insufficiently anti-gay...

Purple People Watch

Maine. Pseudo–swing state Maine tried to avenge itself against those of us who've mocked its battleground status by turning in a tied Bush-Kerry result in a June 30 Strategic Marketing Services (SMS) poll. Upon further examination, though, there may be nothing to worry about. Undecided voters typically break in favor of the challenger, and the SMS poll had a lot of undecided voters -- 29 percent of the total electorate. When leaners were asked to state a preference, John Kerry opened up a 2.5 percent lead, with eleven percent remaining undecided. The electorate's underlying attitudes continue to point toward a Kerry win. 52 percent of Mainers feel their economy is headed in the wrong direction, compared to just 31.5 who think it's on the right track. George W. Bush's handling of the Iraq situation is viewed unfavorably by a margin of 51.5 to 47, and the number of Mainers who believe the war was a mistake slightly exceeds the number of those who still feel that it was a good idea...

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