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Fox 5 Atlanta: Do Lead Balloons Bounce? And Joe backs Mac.

What happened to Obama’s convention bounce? Don’t get me wrong, I am happy that the predicted 16 point bounce was more like a small swell.

The CNN/Gallup daily tracking poll has Obama at 50 to McCain’s 42 is 4 whole points over what Obama had before the DNC Convention.

We’ll see what happens to the numbers after Palin speaks on Wednesday night and McCain addresses the American people on Thurday.

On to tonight’s festivities. First, the Georgia delegation headed to a party for the the delegation at Britt’s English Pub for some good ales, mingling and lawn bowling. My wife and I won our match.

After a quick stop at the bi-partisan American’s Against Government Waste reception (the young lady who greeted us at the door had a Democrat Donkey Lapel pin on) where a couple of us got our “Don’t Tax Me Bro!” gel wrist bands, it was into the convention center.

The Georgia delegation is filling out with more members arriving. I sat a couple rows in front of Governor and Mary Perdue and one seat over from Speaker Richardson and next to Commissioner Oxendine. If one Speaker wasn’t enough, just as Joe Lieberman began to speak, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, my former employer, sat in front of me.

Lieberman gave a great speech, but when he talked about Bill Clinton working across the aisle to pass welfare reform, I leaned over to Newt and said, “That’s not how I remember it.”

Other parts of the speech played to the issue of experience in a time of international and domestic uncertainty…

“Senator Obama is a gifted and eloquent young man who can do great things for our country in the years ahead. But eloquence is no substitute for a record — not in these tough times. In the Senate he has not reached across party lines to get anything significant done, nor has he been willing to take on powerful interest groups in the Democratic Party.”

I can not agree more with Lieberman here. Love him or hate him for it, McCain has reached across party lines, and Obama hasn’t. We all know of bills like McCain-Feingold and McCain-Kennedy. What do we know of significant legislation that bares Obama’s name?

Nothing, nada, zero, ziltch.

“My Democratic friends know all about John’s record of independence and accomplishment. Maybe that’s why some of them are spending so much time and so much money trying to convince voters that John McCain is someone else. I’m here, as a Democrat myself, to tell you: Don’t be fooled. God only made one John McCain, and he is his own man.”

Lieberman’s relationship with his former party, though the party he still caucuses with, may have hit a breaking point tonight.

Like Zell Miller four years ago, Lieberman let his party have it. Zell was headed to political retirement. Joe has made a huge gamble. Throwing down the gauntlet, the former Democrat nominee for Vice-President may find he’s not even welcome in the Democrat Caucus room after tonight. But maybe bigger things are in store for the Senate’s most principled Democrat in a McCain White House.

Only time will tell if the gamble paid off.

Originally published as part of Fox 5 Atlanta’s 2008 Republican National Convention coverage.