Besides a guest appearance on Saturday Night Live, one rally in April, and some hosting duties at home in Arizona, John McCain has taken the last 20 weekends off.
Each Saturday and Sunday he plans no campaign events and hides from the media. While out of the spotlight, McCain rests up, reviews policy, and privately meets with advisers and contributors, according to Politico. Since McCain admitted he doesn't know how to use a computer, we know he doesn't spend the time catching up on his email.
McCain's commitment to keep his weekends for himself, refreshingly deviates from the nonstop, and often empty, coverage of the campaign. But the Politico story explores the tightrope walk McCain's age (71) presents. By taking weekends off McCain opens himself up to criticism that he doesn't have the energy to be President, but if he gets sick that won't look good either.
While this conscious decision to take a weekly media break might have made sense during the Democratic primary, it may be difficult to maintain during the general election. That's probably why McCain's aides note that he won't be taking as many weekends off this Summer. Will the time off help McCain sprint to the finish, or give Barack Obama a head start?
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