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Who Won The Week (Or Lost It Less)?

Sometimes in the presidential race, winning the week amounts to not losing it as bad as the other guy.

This week's race between Barack Obama and John McCain typifies that "battle for last" mentality.

Consider the following:

• Obama's campaign hoped to use the week to roll out several "big" ideas -- patriotism, faith, service -- before the July Fourth weekend in an effort to blot out the coverage. Instead, retired Gen. Wesley Clark's comments about McCain overshadowed Obama's desired message. Clark's explanation (and explanation of his explanation) ensured that a one-day story turned into a week-long study in how to lose a week.

• McCain traveled to Mexico and Colombia for a trip this week that seemed not to have a strategic purpose and left as seasoned a political observer as the Post's own Dan Balz devoting a whole column to trying to understand why the Arizona Senator would make the trip at all.

Then, on Wednesday, McCain decided to put Steve Schmidt in charge of his campaign and task campaign manager Rick Davis with a more narrow focus on finance and convention planning. That move is seen by many Republican operatives as short-term pain for long-term gain, but any time a campaign looks like it is in turmoil it's usually not a good week for said campaign.

So, who do you think won the week? Or lost it less? The comments section is open for business. We'll accept submissions -- be concise, witty and creative -- through Saturday at 5 p.m. The best submission will be read on Monday's FixCam "Week in Preview" and the winner will get a official Fix t-shirt.

Go to it!

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 3, 2008; 3:33 PM ET
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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