Pollsters are finding little evidence
that Mitt Romney's blandly-vanilla acceptance speech, or for that
matter, the GOP convention itself netted the party much in the way of
measurable, fresh support.
And it didn't help that the convention's lasting takeaway Clint Eastwood telling an empty chair to 'go *#@! itself,' and not a Romney market basket of plans or a single memorable, cliche-free TV ad theme.
In fact, Eastwood's cringe-worthy improv - - even Scott Walker said he flinched - - failed to make Mitt Romney's day or even the campaign's official wrap-up video.
Maybe it dragged a Romney bounce to the cutting room floor, too.
So assuming there are undecided, swing or independent voters still out there to be won over and recruited, the Democrats, batting last, have the more favorable schedule to accomplish two things
1. Articulating more program and policy specifics for curious voters than did Romney, et al, (other than, 'Obama bad, Romney good').
2. Framing Romney (and Ryan) for viewers and voters just the way the Wall Street Journal's editorial writers worried that Romney did not do for or about himself:
If Obama comes out of his convention with a measurable polling bounce, then Democrats can claim some momentum, and a boost for their convention that appears to have eluded the GOP.
If Obama comes out of Charlotte without a bounce, then we can assume that people's minds are indeed nearly all made up, that groups and campaigns are about to waste a billion dollars on meaningless ads, and that the election could be won or lost to outside events, or weird stumbles, completely unpredictable today.