Dayton Game: McCain Retakes Spotlight After Obama's Big Night

"Party officials are discussing the possibility of postponing convention proceedings if the threat to New Orleans and other Gulf Coast areas grows," the Los Angeles Times' Maeve Reston reports. "If there is serious damage in the Gulf Coast, images of Republicans partying in Minneapolis-St. Paul could be an embarrassing reminder of the Bush administration's delayed response to Hurricane Katrina three years ago."

"The prospect of a major natural disaster hitting while Republicans are celebrating presents the party with a public-relations challenge," Bloomberg's Jonathan Salant writes, understating it. "Senator McCain has always been sensitive to national crises," said McCain spokesman Brian Rogers.

"There's absolutely no plan to postpone," RNC spokeswoman Melissa Subbotin tells the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

The Sked:

McCain, his running mate, and maybe some also-rans plan to be in Dayton, Ohio, for a noontime rally Friday (check for empty seats).

The Obama-Biden ticket starts its post-convention tour Friday evening in the western Pennsylvania town of Beaver.

"It's time to go back to the Midwest," Obama campaign manager David Plouffe told USA Today. Writes Kathy Kiely: "The mode of transportation is also appropriate for a swing through working-class territory that will highlight Biden's ability to attract voters who didn't support Obama in the primary. . . . [Pennsylvania is] a state where Hillary Rodham Clinton beat Obama 55% to 45% in the state primary, largely because of the vote in working-class areas like the one the Democratic team will be visiting. Beaver County gave 70% of the vote to Clinton; 30% to Obama."

The Kicker:

"I defined it in five books. Read my books." -- John McCain, refusing to define "honor in politics" -- and refusing to acknowledge that his campaign's handling of the press has changed.

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