Conventional Wisdom

Conventional wisdom says the national party conventions did little to alter the landscape of this year’s election; and that appears to be the case.

Mostly what we learned from Tampa and Charlotte was that Clint Eastwood is capable of stealing a show and Barack Obama remains capable of delivering a speech.

Most recent polls show a slight bump for the president.

Rasmussen and Gallup tracking polls, for example, say Obama’s now up 4 or 5 points.

But the Website shows the average of recent polling has the president up less than 2 points.

Point is we’re still looking at a tight contest.

And we could be for a long time, meaning even after Election Day.

Pending court rulings, including in Pennsylvania, on new voter ID laws could and appeals to existing and future rulings in key states could lead to post-election litigation.

The New York Times on Monday notes that voting requirement changes in Ohio and Florida, for example, could – even if settled before the election – end up in appeals that could delay the final election outcome in a close race.

Just what the divided nation needs, eh?

Meanwhile, the first of three scheduled debates is only three weeks away. That takes place in Denver Oct. 3 on domestic policy and is to be moderated by Jim Lehrer of PBS.

I know lots of Democrats believe that Obama’s convention speech showed the nation he deserves a second term, and lots more believe that the first the debate will seal the deal.

And maybe that’s right.

But the national attention span is short and easily turned by momentary events large and small. Any x-factor related to the economy or the Afghan war or who knows what can change the game.

Anyone who says Obama cannot be reelected and/or anyone who claims Romney can’t win election is expressing more personal wishful thinking than any kind of wisdom.

This was and remains a race reliant on, you know, wait and see.