09/24/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Obama Tries To Lower Expectations For Denver Speech

Expect more of this as the Democratic convention week kicks into gear : Republicans heightening expectations for what will transpire (hoping they can then crow about their rivals falling short); Barack Obama and his team lowering expectations (hoping they will then exceed them).

The Ticket took note previously of the outrageously over-the-top public memo from the John McCain camp predicting a conclave where harmony will reign (among Democrats?), Obama will deliver an acceptance speech for the ages and he'll get the biggest post-convention "bounce" in the polls witnessed since 1992.

On Saturday, efforts by the almost official Democratic presidential nominee and one of his top aides were in full swing to tamp down such talk and minimize what the convention will achieve.

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