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Between conventions, both sides still looking for a breakout moment
Between conventions, both sides still looking for a breakout moment

It's halftime in America, as Clint Eastwood once said. Halftime, that is, for that part of America that's glued to the television set (or, now, the smartphone screen) whenever political conventions are underway. The Republicans have fled steamy Tampa, Fla., happy merely to have escaped Hurricane Isaac with their nominee and their message intact. The Democrats are streaming into leafy Charlotte, N.C., nervous about polls that show the presidential race tied and anxious to deliver a rebuttal before the GOP's pitch has a chance to set in. #DNC2012: Join Doyle McManus live from Charlotte Sept. 4 at 2 p.m. PT A modern political convention is like a jittery, wonky Bohemian Grove...

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