6) Democratic party chairmen gone wild: John Walsh
, the Democratic state chair in Massachusetts, said
Brown was an "honorary girl" because he folded laundry in one of his most recent commercials. Walsh issued an apology six hours later, after the Women for Brown Coalition called the remarks sexist.
Meanwhile, tart-tongued party chairman John Burton
in California compared
Paul Ryan to Goebbels -- a remark that drew instant condemnation, including from Obama spokesman Ben LaBolt
. He later gave an awfully lukewarm apology.
5) The DSCC is beginning to put big advertising bucks
in the Ohio Senate race on behalf of Sen. Sherrod Brown
, D-Ohio. Outside Republican groups have already poured money into Ohio to aid state Treasurer Josh Mandel
, making the race tighter than Democrats initially expected.
4) First Lady Michelle Obama
heads the list of speakers at tonight's convention; she made a surprise visit
to the convention hall Monday afternoon. Bloomberg reports she has an "urgent task" - to persuade voters that her husband deserves more time to finish his job. But it's San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro
, tonight's keynote speaker, that's getting much of the buzz.
Castro has frequently been bandied as a candidate for higher office, but holding elective office in Texas for a Democrat makes it tough to get a promotion. Texas doesn't have a single Democrat holding statewide office; it would take a stellar campaign and some luck for Castro to win a gubernatorial or Senate race.
3) Cue the 2016 speculation: Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley
lands a coveted primetime speaking slot tonight - in the 10:00 hour - immediately before keynoter Castro. He took heat for misspeaking that the country wasn't better off than it was four years ago on CBS' "Face the Nation," but is still viewed within the party as potential presidential material.
2) Mitt Romney's fundraising team claimed
he hit the $100 million mark again for the month of August, according to a top Romney fundraiser who was briefed on the party's fundraising efforts.
1) On the day before the convention, Democrats struggled to explain away comments from leading surrogates that avoided answering the question whether Americans were better off than four years ago. They're now all on the same page - that America is indeed better off - but some damage was inflicted.
Obama himself struggled to answer the question in an interview with KKTV in Colorado Springs: ""You know I would say incomplete...but what I would say is the steps that we have taken in saving the auto industry, in making sure that college is more affordable and investing in clean energy and science and technology and research, those are all the things that we are going to need to grow over the long term."
From the NYT
: "The focus on the campaign's handling of the question, after halting and contradictory responses from Democrats on Sunday, complicated the White House's effort to begin striking a set of themes the president intends to highlight here and carry through the general election."