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A Well-Timed Slower News Cycle

The three-day Memorial Day weekend was perfectly timed, as we saw some flubs from each of the remaining candidates — all of whom are probably exhausted.

McCain’s team released his medical records to the AP. There’s no way that coverage of that event does anything but remind voters that McCain is 71 going on 72, and that to a lot of Americans, that age is, as the candidate put it on Saturday Night Live, “really, really, really old.” It’s saying something that he can simultaneously be in good health for a man his age, fully capable of handing the stresses of being president according to his doctors, and yet also have dealt with: “cancer (melanomas on his left face, his left arm and his nose); dizziness that was diagnosed as vertigo; blood in the urine, which was diagnosed as caused by an enlarge prostate and bladder/kidney stones; high cholesterol, which appears to be successfully treated with medicine; some pain in his shoulder, hand and knee joints diagnosed as degenerative arthritis; evidence of polyps and diverticulosis in the colon, and some other minor medical ailments along the way.”
They also released Cindy McCain’s tax returns. I’m sure it will shock you to learn that she’s really, really rich.
Hillary justified staying the race in June, and referred to RFK’s assassination. She insisted she was only referring to June primaries, not that a candidate could be slain at any point. Now — as much as many of us see her as conniving, ambitious, underhanded, etc., does anyone think Hillary would be foolish enough as to wish, or to speculate, about Obama’s assassination?
Obama’s Memorial Day speech was also something of a gaffe-a-minute misstep. He referred to “fallen heroes” in the audience then speculated that the that women veterans were “much more prone, then, to have post-traumatic stress disorder” because of sexual harassment. The guys at Powerline lay it out.
Everybody has off days, and thus it helps to have days off. But the scrutiny returns as Americans return to work…

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