First Read: "Last week, the consensus was that Mitt Romney gave a good speech for Romney... Today, some are judging Obama on not meeting the height of past speeches, as well as this week's other addresses by Michelle Obama and Bill Clinton. But when you compare Romney's speech with Obama's and the GOP convention vs. the Dem convention, it's easy to conclude that Obama and the Democrats won the past two weeks. Indeed, maybe the best way to judge the Democratic convention isn't by Obama's speech last night but rather by the whole three days. You saw the building up of Obama the man by Michelle; the contrast and the economic narrative from Bill Clinton; and the way forward from Obama. Another way to look at it -- Michelle put down the building blocks, Clinton put up the walls, and Obama put on the roof. Beyond a concerted effort to make Romney more likeable, you didn't see the same thing last week in Tampa."
"And now we head to the post-convention polls, and perhaps the best way to look at any bounce isn't by the head-to-head numbers, but rather by what each side set out to do. So for Romney, let's look to see if his favorability numbers increase. And for Obama, let's see if those enthusiasm/interest numbers go up."
Taegan D. Goddard is the founder of Political Wire, one of the earliest and most influential political web sites.
Goddard spent more than a decade as managing director and chief operating officer of a prominent investment firm in New York City. Previously, he was a policy adviser to a U.S. Senator and Governor.
Goddard is also co-author of You
Won - Now What? (Scribner, 1998), a political
management book hailed by prominent journalists and politicians from
both parties. In addition, Goddard's essays on politics and public
policy have appeared in dozens of newspapers across the country,
including the Washington Post, USA Today, Boston Globe, San Francisco
Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer and Christian Science
Goddard earned degrees from Vassar College and Harvard University. He lives in New York with his wife and three sons.
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-- Chuck Todd, NBC News political director
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-- Stuart Rothenberg, editor of the Rothenberg Political Report
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-- Charlie Cook, editor of the Cook Political Report
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-- Larry Sabato, Center for Politics, University of Virginia
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-- Joe Scarborough, host of MSNBC's Morning Joe
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-- Dotty Lynch, CBS News political consultant
"Taegan Goddard has a knack for digging out political gems that too
often get passed over by the mainstream press, and for delivering the
latest electoral developments in a sharp, no frills style that makes
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-- Arianna Huffington, founder of The Huffington Post
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-- Glenn Reynolds, founder of Instapundit
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