Much ink has been spilled on the Democrats’ off-the-meter optimism at this year’s nominating convention. Contrary to confabs of years past--when dour Dems dominated--convention-goers this week tend to think mighty positive thoughts. Bad news gets swatted away, like a pesky fly. So when about-to-be-nominee John Kerry dipped slightly in a Washington Post/ABC News poll released on July 27, Florida delegate Bob Cunha was unperturbed. Kerry slipped from a small, late-June lead to a dead heat, with 49 percent support for Bush vs 48 percent for Kerry among registered voters. Including Ralph Nader, it's 48 percent to 46 percent, and 3 percent for Nader. According to the convention conventional wisdom, that’s not supposed to happen. No matter, says Cunha. The Boston native, now retired and living in Florida, says the poll doesn’t mean much. According to Cunha—and who’s to say he’s not right--the traditional bounce that nominees get during their convention lovefests has gone the way of the dodo bird. “The race is so tight, and the undecideds are so few--only about 5% of the electorate,” Cunha explains. “And that tells me the convention bounce is a thing of the past.” Lucky for Kerry, he still has two more days to prove himself and sway some of those holdouts.

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