Before enduring the Republican Convention (not in person, but via TV and internet, and with fire tongs handy), my wife and I are treating ourselves to Braves-Giants game tomorrow, which may be last contest of any sort for a while that seems relatively innocent (college football’s too serious for that!). Here are some final reads for this day and week:
* Only 10% of likely voters in new CNN/ORC poll say there’s a chance they’ll change their minds about candidate preference. That’s very low.
* Atlantic‘s Matthew O’Brien stomps on barely-breathing carcass of Niall Ferguson’s credibility and then sets it on fire.
* Laura D’Andrea Tyson explains, among other things, why Ryan’s “premium support” proposal for Medicare is the same as “vouchers” because of arbitrary subsidy cap.
* Sean Trende, Honest Conservative, looks at full range of economic indicators and suggests 2012 is most like 1960, 1976, 1992, and 2004. All but one of those were photo-finish elections.
* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports skeptically on Texas’ new pay-for-performance bonuses for college administrators.
* ThinkProgress identifies seven speakers at Republican Convention who have at least flirted significantly with birtherism. And that’s no joke.
So that’s it for this pre-convention week. Kathleen Geier will back back for weekend blogging duty, which usually means excellent verbal fireworks.