Low-Carb Convention Wrap

Twist and Shout Just as the Republicans did this July in Boston, the Democrats have setup a rapid response center to spin the news coming out of Madison Square Garden. A direct twist of the banner that hung above President Bush when he declared an end to hostilities aboard the...

Big Apple Breakfast

Protest Update: The Crystal Ball Can't Get No Love Two incidents in the past few days have prompted the Crystal Ball to speak out about the protesters, or, if you will, protest the protesters. During the United for Peace and Justice rally on Sunday, as your Crystal Ball was exiting...

Low-Carb Convention Wrap

May We Present the Republican Candidates for U.S. Senate While the focus of this week will be on President Bush, his first-term accomplishments and his plans for another, the Monday morning session showcased seven Republican candidates for Senate. After an introduction by National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) Chairman George Allen...

The Big Elephant in the Big Apple

Could things finally be looking up for George W. Bush?

Presidential election history suggests several verities that might apply as the GOP convenes in New York City:1. Incumbent presidents usually get a convention bounce that is smaller, often about half to two-thirds, of their less well-known challengers in the other party. Since John Kerry got a bounce estimated to be...

Vietnam: Political Apocalypse Now

The extraordinary emotional exchanges we are witnessing daily about the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth group leads us to one unavoidable conclusion: For only the second time in our nation's history, the bitterness of a bloody, lost war will shadow national politics until generational replacement has removed all the brave...

The McGreevey Matter

The impact on presidential politics

Now that we are all finished picking our jaws up off the floor after Governor Jim McGreevey's one-of-a-kind press conference in New Jersey, it is worth taking stock of what this extraordinary development might mean for the 2004 race for president--in and out of the Garden State. McGreevey's resignation speech...

Balloons and Confetti a Nominating Convention Make

Just five days ago, John Kerry's pitch at Fenway Park didn't make it past home plate, but his pitch last night to the Democratic National Convention was a home run. Your Crystal Ball will spare you the barrage of cliches reserved for the headlines of today's newspapers, but Kerry was...

Low-Carb Convention Wrap

Get Comfortable and Settle in, as Minuteman Becomes Hour-Man According to a report published in National Journal's Convention Daily, published each morning this week here in Boston, John Kerry's Secret Service nickname is "Minuteman," after the militia members in the Revolutionary War who were charged to be ready at a...

Boston Morning Tea

Does Edwards have Recipe for Success? Any American chef worth his or her salt knows what happens when you combine black eyed peas, a little bit of ham for flavor, some rice, and a few other ingredients. The result is a traditional Southern side-dish known as Hoppin' John. Last night...

Low-Carb Convention Wrap

Gentlemen, Start Your Engines While you don't hear the term bandied about much anymore, the hot topic earlier in the campaign season was "NASCAR Dads," 2004's trendy demographic group that was purported to take the place of the quickly-fading-from-popularity "Soccer Moms." NASCAR Dads were often described as middle- to lower...

Boston Morning Tea

If a Political Tree Falls in the Woods... With no live network coverage of Tuesday night's convention speeches, their impact on the American public is limited to news highlights, newspaper articles, and word of mouth. Save for keynote speaker Barack Obama and Teresa Heinz Kerry, who closed the evening, most...

Low-Carb Convention Wrap

Old Guard, Young Blood Tonight's agenda of speakers shows a marked difference between the first evening session and the second evening session, with a recognizable slate of long-serving Democrats addressing the convention early, and a fresh line up of new faces wrapping up the evening. Other than The O.C.'s Benjamin...

Boston Morning Tea

Opening Night By the time the second evening session started, most of the seats in the Fleet Center were filled--even those behind the stage, with obstructed views and a less than preferable position behind the speaker clusters. Former President Jimmy Carter led off with an impassioned speech that was very...

Low-Carb Convention Wrap

For Whom the Gavel Drops Democratic National Committee chair Terry McAuliffe officially banged the convention to order this afternoon at 4PM, opening the first afternoon session which will feature quite a few speakers and take care of the convention’s parliamentary business in preparation for this evening's prime time agenda. Security...

Boston Morning Tea

The gavel drops later today, marking the official opening of the 2004 Democratic National Convention. Of course, convention related activities have been going on for several days now, including a welcome party for media organizations on Saturday. The Crystal Ball resisted the temptation to be wooed, and instead chose to...