It turns out that more people were watching football — the relatively
inconsequential games of week one — than were watching President
Clinton’s 48-minute speech defending himself, and, by proxy, Barack
Obama. So much for that.
New employment numbers come out today, and Friday is the most important day of the week in political messaging: Friday is the day when the subject of the weekend talk shows will be determined.
The job numbers, like the NFL’s opening day, will, simply by timing, overshadow the convention and soften any post-convention bounce.
But in 2012, in an election year that everyone knows is critical to the future of the country, and, therefore, the future of the world, in a time when independents and moderates are going extinct, that’s all it takes.