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Thursday, October 14, 2004
  morning : I walked in to school today from Eagle Heights, now that the Lakeshore path is finished. At a brisk pace I got to the law building in just under an hour. And I was pleasantly surprised to see that the new boat house down by the lakeshore dorms that is being built for the UW crew team is NOT a monstrosity. It's actually going to be a classy building.

Well, I am all about the debates, and now they're over, so expect my interest in the election to wane until November 2nd, when we finally get to vote. I mananged to see all four of the debates, despite not owning a television. K and I did what we do each year for the Oscars--concocted some kind of scheme that allows us to "borrow" the TV of a certain generous parent who shall remain nameless. With the four debates so close together, I felt like the guy from Requiem For A Dream who keeps stealing his mom's TV to pay for his drug habit.

And speaking of TV, I finally saw some of the slimy campaign commercials that people are complaining about. I did like the Feingold ad I saw, but that's just me.

Yesterday the University of Wisconsin Advertising Project released a study showing that the election battleground has narrowed to Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, as evidenced by the concentration of TV advertising in those 10 states. Florida and Ohio are the two most important. Missouri (now part of Bush Country), is surprising absent. Colorado (no longer in Bush Country), is a surprising addition.

"The next thing to pay attention to is the advertising buys after the last debate. This is the time when campaigns will make their final decisions on the nature of the race and make the calculations about which states are truly still in play. More than snap polls and punditry, those decisions will tell us who won the debates and what effect they had on each candidate’s chances of victory."

That's Ken Goldstein, director of the project, a.k.a. the guy-from-Wisconsin-who-always-gets-a-lot-of-press-every-four-years-because-he-studies-campaign-commercials guy.
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