C’mon, Larison- you are better than this:
So it is interesting to see how much importance Obama boosters are putting on the risibly small “bump” that Obama has received from effectively securing the nomination. They must be a little concerned that their candidate keeps running behind the generic Democratic ballot (at least when not counting leaners) and cannot seem to expand beyond the boundaries of the old Gore-Kerry coalitions despite incredibly favourable circumstances.
According to memorandum, as I write this, the large number of Obama boosters placing a great deal of importance on Obama’s bump? Open Left says “At any rate, this is a faster poll improvement than I expected and I’m an optimist. ” Andrew Sullivan ignores Obama and points out McCain’s standing. Donklephant has a rather underwhelming response and the other big boosterism is from… Fox News.
Looking at the responses to Gallup yesterday, even then the responses were tepid, with Andrew Sullivan noting the beginning of a bump and the rest of the commentary from mostly institutional blogs like the WaPo and the Swamp. All of which makes sense, because polls right now are essentially meaningless, and will be until the conventions. Regardless, I would consider the boosterism of the Gallup polls to be underwhelming, at best (as a point of reference, check out the large blogger reaction to Hillary’s speech on Saturday, or, even more telling, the number of people who have chosen to discuss Obama wearing jeans and tennis shoes to go on a bicycle ride). Granted, I may be missing the overwhelming boosterism and more may show up, or perhaps Larison is just needling Sullivan (which is fun, I guess, but hardly a representative sample).
On the other hand, Eunomia has commented on both polls, but only to tell us the bump is inconsequential- something the tepid response by bloggers would seem to make obvious. Instead of loads of people commenting how big the bump is, we do have on person consistently reminding us how small it is. Duly noted.
Pundit, heal thyself.