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Denver Dispatches – James Crabtree – The search for an economic message

By James Crabtree  

Up on stage it’s all smiles. But around the edges of the convention, Democratic operatives are clearly worried about their campaign. The last month has seen a gradual coming to terms with the fact of their candidate’s limitations. Early hopes that Barack Obama would race to a double-digit poll lead against a seemingly hapless John McCain were quickly dashed. But no consensus exists as to why the campaign’s rise has been halted. And it is this discussion – why aren’t we winning, and what should we be doing about it – that dominates conversations in Denver’s corridors, hotel lobbies and…

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