As the Democrats gather today, I don't know why I have this feeling of impending doom. I can see two things going wrong with the convention, and boy, I hope I'm wrong about both of them. One is that Clinton makes her speech in favor of Obama, and her coven of fans still remain unmoved. It would be ironic, because it would mean that many of them are wedded to the idea of a female candidate, any female candidate, rather than electing the one who is nominated. The bad thing, of course, is that if I'm right, Obama won't pick up any more of her supporters. I think that's largely true already. Reading comments from Clinton supporters, there seem to be those already resigned to supporting Obama, and the hard-core Clintonistas who want to "punish" the Democratic party for not selecting their gal. The other concern I have is about the post-convention "bounce". Saw Chris Matthews talking about this yesterday, and I don't know, I just have this really bad feeling that Obama is going to come out of this convention with little if any "bounce". Again, it's the impression I get that there's a hard-core bunch of people who just don't like him, for reasons they themselves don't understand, and these people will remain unconvinced. I can be a bit of a pessimist, so I hope I'm completely wrong in both these regards.