The Olympics, of course, begin tomorrow. On the front page of the July 25 Washington Post, a report on McCain’s impending running mate announcement was subtitled “Aides Predict Announcement Before Olympics”:
Two top aides to the presumptive Republican nominee said the decision is likely to be announced after Obama returns from Europe on Sunday and before the Beijing Olympics begin Aug. 8. They said the campaign fears that unanticipated events coming out of China — whether in the form of athletic accomplishments or human rights protests — could deflect attention from the announcement if it were made during the Games.
The Olympics conclude the day before the Democratic nominating convention opens in Denver, and the GOP convention begins in Minneapolis-St. Paul just four days after the Democratic gathering ends.
So, is an announcement coming in the next 20 hours or so? Were those aides just blowing smoke about the overshadowed-by-the-Olympics worries? Is McCain having trouble making up his mind? Or have they decided it would be better to let Obama announce his running mate first? (Obama, taking David Cameron’s advice, is leaving for a vacation in Hawaii, and his people say he won’t announce a running mate before he gets back next week.)
Fun fact: By this time in 2004, not only had we known the vice presidential nominees for a month (Kerry picked Edwards during the first week of July), the Democratic convention had already come and gone. No wonder this summer seems so long…