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Fox Poll finds Gains for Kerry

A Fox news/Opinion Dynamics poll released August 5th found that "While not moving the race numbers much, the convention does appear to have improved Democratic nominee Senator John Kerry's image with the public. At the same time, President George W. Bush's job approval rating is at the lowest point of his presidency."

Opinion Dynamics President John Gorman added "What we see post-convention is actually a strengthening of the polarization in the electorate. Kerry voters are now more confident in their man and more committed to him... The ability of the Bush campaign to paint Kerry with a negative brush has been diminished and so has the chance for any major electoral movement. Given the closeness of the race, this may diminish the value of trying to use television to persuade voters and enhance the value of traditional get-out-the-vote efforts. With roughly equal numbers of voters on each side, getting them to the polls becomes crucial."

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More goo- ,er, I mean *bad* news for "Shrub":


http://money.cnn.com/2004/08/06/news/economy/jobless_july/index.htm?cnn=yes

Job growth shock

July payroll growth far shy of Wall Street forecasts; unemployment rate slips to 5.5%.

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Hiring by U.S. employers slowed significantly in July, according to a government report Friday, as the number of new jobs added to payrolls came in far below Wall Street expectations.

I can't wait to hear the spin from the White House and Treasury Security John Snow-job on these numbers. 32,000 new jobs in July is an absolute shocker and will change the dynamics of the race in terms of how many Americans will view the economy. The consensus number predicted from July from a cross section of economists prior to the report's issuance was 243,000 new jobs. To top it all off, the already bad June numbers were downgraded from 112,000 new jobs to 78,000.

This is Bush's worst nightmare. The economy needs to create 150-200,000 new jobs each month just to keep up with population growth.

Yup, we've certainly turned the corner with the economy. Bush has taken us down a blind alley. I'm seriously looking forward to observing how the Bush Admin will spin its "Stay The Course" economic message after two straight months of these horrible job numbers.

On the basis of your analysis, Ruy, as well as my own gut feeling, I just left a message for my county Democratic Chair volunteering to help with our local GOTV efforts. This is something we need to start talking up among the party faithful.

> I can't wait to hear the spin from the White
> House and Treasury Security John Snow-job on
> these numbers. 32,000 new jobs in July is an
> absolute shocker and will change the dynamics
> of the race in terms of how many Americans will
> view the economy. The consensus number
> predicted from July from a cross section of
> economists prior to the report's issuance was
> 243,000 new jobs. To top it all off, the already
> bad June numbers were downgraded from
> 112,000 new jobs to 78,000.


From WaPo:

'We're not satisfied," Treasury Secretary John Snow told reporters in Pittsburgh. "We're encouraged, though, by the fact that the unemployment rate came down." '


So the "unemployment rate came down?" Let's see what Karl Rove can make of that line, in the Chimp's TV commercials.
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I'm sitting here in Finland, thinking this is sweet on so many levels. 11 more weeks, and unless Kerry turns out to be absolutely abmysmally bad in the TV debates or Al Qaeda does "Shrub" a big favor, we are going to see America resume its leadership of the free Western world again. After four long years of Bushit.


Can't wait.

MARCU$

This is what I postulated on the bounce threads before, that it didn't really increase Kerry's support so much as deepen it.

The post ends with the comment that getting people to the polls is crucial. Yes it is but persuading moderate Republicans and independents is also crucal and possible. Many moderate REpublicans are open to the idea of not voting or voting for Kerry if apraoched politely one o one. There is a lot of dissatisfaction about Bush's extremist religion, budgt deficets, and misiformation about the war.
The Kerry campaign needs to set up a means for us to write personal letters to undecideds. And we all need to talk to our Republican friends about how party loyalty might mean getting rid of a leader who is leading the party the wrong way.

I understand plans are in the works for a leadership PAC made up of at least four retired GOP Senators, all with extensive Foreign Affairs experience, to announce a week before Bush's Convention, a Republicans for Kerry effort. I gather the idea is full page ads in Wall Street Journal, Barrons, NYTimes and WaPo and maybe others with lots of recognized signatures, and with the theme being the need for significant changes in approach to Foreign Policy. (My source is someone who knows about one of these retired Senators efforts to solicit signers.) The advertisement would then be reprintable, and available for easy distribution in places where such "names" would influence things.

So -- as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the resignation of Richard Nixon, we can call it the Ghost of Nixon/Conally play -- for those who remember John Connally's leadership of Democrats for Nixon -- for which he was paid off by being made Sec. of Treasury in Nixon's second term -- but the dastardly act was done in the 1972 McGovern race.

The Senators involved are so senion, they will not be looking at appointments -- and well fixed enough that Bush cannot do them in.

The bounce may not have shown up much in the first horse-race polls Monday, but all polls I've seen later in the week have shown at least some Kerry-ward movement, and various state polls (from ARG and not-so-credible Rasmussen) also look brighter. Plus, as many have said, the poll internals are all so solid Kerry that you have to figure many of the undecided are just Kerry votes waiting to happen.

I heard reports that on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade this morning, traders seeing the job numbers broke into a chant of "Kerry! Kerry!". Can anyone confirm this? We may view this as the day the back of the Bush administration was broken -- a clear end to job growth (maybe going to negative territory), and renewed fierce fighting in Iraq.

Sara, that's an extraordinary report if true. It reminds me of 1980, when Gene McCarthy and Ralph Abernathy came out and endorsed Reagan. It was obvious Carter was in unusually deep trouble. Any guesses on who these mystery statesmen are?

I was one of those misinformed voters who voted for Bush. I liked that compassionate conservative bull XXXX . Personally, I think the extrmeist religion thing he has going on is a big turn off with me and I was happy Kerry made reference to it in his speech. When did God become a Republican?

Bless you, Ed. Please talk to any Bush-supporting friends. I wish I could understand how Republicans can support Bush when there are intelligent, consistent, well-informed Republicans (who I may not necessarily agree with) who could move their party forward with honor.

Sara, you're a little off on your medieval history. Connally served in the Trickster's first term, then got caught up in the AMPI scandal. He joined the Republican Party in the spring of 1974, which prompted the great line that it was the first known instance of a rat jumping onto a sinking ship.

AlleyKat, I'm talkin to every one I can. I lost a job because my boss was a Republican. My bumbper sticker says"Left Wing Christian For Kerry" you be surprised how many of us out there. I was always pretty much middle of the road voter untill this guy got selected by the supreme court. I know it's not cool to have one party in control of the whole thing but, this time I hope the Dems get control of the House and Senate with Kerry as President. It's going to take at least 2 to 4 years to get this mess GW and rest of the R controled Congress has screwed-up.....

Even then, we're going to have to feel the pain. Sort of like cutting a leg off to stop the gangrene before it kills the patient.

yep... everyone has gotta tell someone.. .create the cells and keep talking... it works.