Sunday, October 19, 2008

Powell and Running Out the Clock

From Time's Mark Halperin:

The decision is not only symbolic but, in terms of timing, one of great tactical importance. Powell is a brand unto himself in American politics, and clearly transcends the media's tendency to hype endorsements more than their actual importance to voters. However, the indisputable benefit that Powell brings Obama is that the former Secretary of State and general is sure to block out any chance McCain has of winning the next two or three days of news coverage, as the media swoons over the implications of the choice. It is simple political math: McCain has 15 days to close a substantial gap, and he will now lose at least one fifth of his total remaining time.

1 comment:

Rob Robinson said...

That's an excellent point. I applaud Powell's decision here. If the administration had paid more attention to his points of view years ago, we'd be in a lot better shape as a nation.