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Rough Sketch: November 2, 2008 - November 8, 2008

Change in Action

As the time came yesterday for Barack Obama's first news conference as president-elect, aides announced that the start would be delayed by 10 to 15 minutes. Then they announced another five minute delay. Then another. Finally, the next president finally sauntered onto the stage, a fashionable 23 minutes late. After...

By Dana Milbank  | November 7, 2008; 5:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Mr. Cool Is In The Building

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By Dana Milbank  | November 6, 2008; 10:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Reality Suspended, Until It Prevailed

PHOENIX, Nov. 4 "We never hide from history," John McCain told his dejected supporters Tuesday night. But for a few hours, they sure did try. As the election returns pointed to an overwhelming victory for Barack Obama, those at McCain's election-night headquarters in the Biltmore hotel ballroom here engaged...

By Dana Milbank  | November 5, 2008; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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McCain's Seven-State Sprint: Roswell, N.M.

The door swings open to McCain's aircraft and the crowd cheers -- but there are no stairs for the candidate; he cools his heels while they bring the stairs over from the rear door. The Roswell airport is a questionable spot for a rally: It's a graveyeard for old airplanes,...

By Dana Milbank  | November 3, 2008; 7:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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McCain's Seven-State Sprint: Indianapolis

McCain is introducing his traveling party to the 1,500-person airport rally when this microphone, too, malfunctions. He repeats the joke about about the Democrats supplying the sound system. That seems plausible, for the rally acoustics can't keep up with the airplanes roaring above on their way to land. McCain praises...

By Dana Milbank  | November 3, 2008; 4:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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McCain's Seven-State Sprint: Pittsburgh, Pa.

The sleep deprivation has begun to take its toll. A punchy John McCain introduces his sidekick, Sen. Joe Lieberman, as "the most foolhardy and bravest person I've ever known in American politics" because the one-time Democratic vice presidential nominee endorsed McCain. "You know, Joe the Lieberman and Joe the Plumber...

By Dana Milbank  | November 3, 2008; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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McCain's Seven-State Sprint: Blountville, Tenn.

When you have seven events in a day, it's hard for a campaign to keep up with the advance work. There are 5,000 people in the hangar for McCain's airport rally here, but only one unisex bathroom. It has two toilets caked in rust, no toilet paper and many, many...

By Dana Milbank  | November 3, 2008; 12:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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McCain's Seven-State Sprint: Tampa, Fla.

Maybe McCain really SHOULD have all his rallies at midnight. When the Straight Talk Express headed from the airport toward 65,000-seat Raymond James Stadium, it looked to be an audacious move. But the stadium was closed and empty. McCain's rally was in a field across the street, where there were...

By Dana Milbank  | November 3, 2008; 9:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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McCain's Seven-State Sprint: Coral Gables, Fla.

The fire alarm goes off at McCain's hotel, the Biltmore, and sirens blare in the rooms, along with a recording: "An alarm has been detected and is being investigated. Do not panic." Nobody panics. They are too tired to panic. McCain's motorcade arrived at the Biltmore at 1:20 a.m. Within...

By Dana Milbank  | November 3, 2008; 5:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Pepe el Plumero

MIAMI -- You know Joe the Plumber. Now, meet Pepe the Feather Duster. John McCain's motorcade pulls into the BankUnited Center, the University of Miami basketball arena. His campaign plane had just landed in Miami after a desultory day of campaigning in Pennsylvania and New Hampshire. The candidate's spirits leap,...

By Dana Milbank  | November 3, 2008; 12:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Goldwater-McCain Connection

PETERBOROUGH, N.H., Nov. 2 Maybe John McCain is taking this Barry Goldwater thing just a bit too far. He won the conservative icon's Senate seat from Arizona when Goldwater retired in 1986, and he has held Goldwater as a role model ever since. On Monday night, McCain will end his...

By Dana Milbank  | November 3, 2008; 12:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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