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Despite the McCain camp's cry that Obama is sunning himself while voters suffer from an economic squeeze, the timing of this vacation should prove to be a great benefit perhaps both intentionally and unintentionally.

1 - The opening of the Olympics started at the same time so there's adquate headline news to fill the spot that they'd normally be looking to cover with Obama gaffes or something of the sort.

2 - A recent poll by the Pew research Center found that 48% of voters say that there is too much Obama coverage. On the surface, this may sound like a really bad thing. In fact, the conservatives are salivating over this because they, of course, interpret/characterize this information as 48% of voters are sick of Obama.

That's not how the statistic reads however.

According to an ongoing Pew study, Obama has appeared in more news stories this year and more people say they have heard more about him than McCain, the longtime Arizona senator who also ran for president in 2000.

And Obama has appeared in more news stories. that because, right or wrong, he's more newsworthy than McCain on most issues.

If we follow the trend of media coverage however, this should work to Obama's favor.

First, remember during the democrat run for candidacy, when Hillary Clinton complained that the media was too soft on Obama? She cited the SNL sketch making exaggerated fun of a supposed media love affair with Obama. Soon after, there was nothing but negative and negative after negative coverage.

Media heads don't want to appear that they are the ones perpetuating this notion and will soon begin to focus more sharply on McCain finally. They've already begun to do so. Daily Kos member PA mnon,  notes how Chris Wallace was shockingly sticking it to McCain's campaign manager, Rick Davis.

And second, since the Illanois senator is not on the stump or giving interviews, the media won't be able to get those little soundbites to dissect and turn about to something erroneous or just plain wrong. Looks like McCain will have to deal with own issues for a change (no pun intended).

3 - Obama likely did not know that John Edwards', lovechild, story mushroomed while he is vactioning but it's a good thing that it happened that way. Any issue on the economy, the war, or anything else that Obama would have liked to media to cover would have been gulped up by his take on the Edwards situation or they would somehow convert that story to an Obama story for him to defend and once again McCain would sliver out of it.

4 - Simply put - Obama needs the rest.

Obama's vacation plans may have one meritorious effect -- temporary relief from the incessant, and often pointless, speculation about who's up and who's down in his running-mate search.

Enjoy your vacation, Senator. Come back stronger and more resolved than ever.

Originally posted to Double 00 on Sun Aug 10, 2008 at 10:15 PM PDT.


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  •  50% of Americans don't know enough about Obama (3+ / 0-)
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    ZappoDave, Uncle Moji, luckylizard

    50% of those people know too much about Obama.


  •  I'm glad... (1+ / 0-)
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    Obama is on vacation now; there would be way too  many questions about John Edwards.
    Fortunately that a-hole John E. has taken attention away from Mccain while Obama is on vacation. ..perfect timing:D

    •  Lay off! (2+ / 0-)
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      slksfca, carllaw

      I'm sure there are many of us who were once Edwards supporters and who moved to the Obama camp before his withdrawal from the Primary race who are offended by your "a-hole" descriptive.

      It seems that the media have turned sexual purity into a prerequisite for holding public office.  No doubt ratings and circulation have something to do with this.  We should not fall for this.  

      Think of all the splendid leaders we would have lost had this been a prerequisite during the past two centuries.

      As the Good Book says, "Let he who is without sin ..."

  •  Great time for a vacation... (2+ / 0-)
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    Uncle Moji, luckylizard

    The future President needs it.

    Let McStutter talk about where he stands on the issues.  BTW, have you noticed that if you ask this fool a question (ANY QUESTION) about his voting record, he squirms uncomfortably?  

    Can't wait til the debates!

  •  I don't think he was unaware of the Edwards story (3+ / 0-)
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    luckylizard, kat68, voracious

    In fact, I'm pretty damn sure he coordinated the timing. Why else would Edwards have chosen - chosen, mind you - that day to give an interview?

    Denny Crane: But if he supports a law, and then agrees to let it lapse … then that would make him …

    Shirley Schmidt: A Democrat.

    by Jyrinx on Sun Aug 10, 2008 at 10:56:12 PM PDT

  •  The Dude - (I call the President Dude) (0+ / 0-)

    The Dude needs to hang ten, McCain won't be able to rebound on the rebop.

    And if he had a little food - a glass of wine and a puff of da kind - it goes well with pineapple.

  •  The timing... (5+ / 0-) perfect.

    1. It's respectful of the Olympics impact on the media and leaves McCain in a pinch as he tries to capitalize on Obama's absence from the limelight to get some attention, while the world is trying to take a break from all that.
    1. It allows the public a Sen. Obama break...hell it allows Barack to take a Sen. Obama break. Both sides should be a little better rested and focused afterwards.
    1. The Edwards story will have legs UNTIL he returns...unfortunately for McCain, he can't USE the Edwards story for anything without risking negative attention on his own past.

    A Conservative is a man that believes that nothing should be done for the first time - Alfred E. Wiggam

    by mrckknievel on Mon Aug 11, 2008 at 12:19:47 AM PDT

  •  Are you a republican? (0+ / 0-)

    Why do you use the pejorative "democrat" in your diary?  You wrote: "during the democrat run for candicacy".  

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