Odds and Ends: Post-Convention

Sam Wang has some observations for the nay-sayers who are unimpressed with Hillary Clinton’s post-convention bounce:

I have seen some sniffy comments in the news that Hillary Clinton’s post-convention bounce is smaller than Bill Clinton’s bounce in 1992. However, by current standards, Hillary Clinton’s bounce is large. As I wrote the other day, post-convention bounces have been small for presidential elections since 1996, which I suggest is a symptom of political polarization: voters get entrenched in their support.

And, in any case, Gallup says that people hated the Republican convention.

Americans are evenly divided on whether they view the Democratic Party more favorably (44%) or less favorably (42%) after the party’s national convention last week. However, their ratings of the Republican Party after the GOP convention two weeks ago were significantly worse, with 35% saying they viewed the party more favorably and 52% less favorably.

More people watched Donald Trump’s speech than watched Hillary Clinton’s, but maybe that wasn’t such a good thing for Donald Trump.

Meanwhile, the Trump campaign, through their Breitbart News cutout, has decided to go highly negative on Gold Star father Khizr Khan’s career and professional associations.

Also, Trump is now saying that he’s concerned that the election will be rigged, making it not unlikely that he won’t concede gracefully if he loses.

Apparently, Green Party candidate Jill Stein did some kind of online townhall thing and said that if she is elected president she will pardon Edward Snowden and make him part of her cabinet. Maybe she needs a pocket Constitution so she can read up on the advise and consent provision. She’s getting five percent in the latest CNN poll which also shows Hillary with a commanding 52%-43% in the two-way race.

Congress decided to go home without giving the president the money he requested for containing the mosquito-borne Zika virus. Now there’s an outbreak in Miami.

Federal health officials on Monday advised pregnant women to avoid a Miami neighborhood — marking the first time the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned against travel to any area within the continental United States — as a Zika outbreak in South Florida has led to 10 more local cases spread by mosquitoes.

The advisory extends to all expectant mothers, and women planning on becoming pregnant who have traveled to a one-square-mile area north of downtown Miami — including Wynwood, Midtown and the Design District — on or after June 15, said CDC Director Tom Frieden.

This is what we get when we vote for a hyper-partisan political party that doesn’t believe in science.

Martin Longman

Martin Longman is the web editor for the Washington Monthly and the main blogger at Booman Tribune.