December 16, 2006

Did Edwards' Team Try To Rain on Bayh's Story?

Bayhinside So, Evan Bayh announces via a statement early this morning that he's not running in 2008.  Then, just a few hours later Nedra Pickler of the AP files an exclusive that John Edwards plans to announce his '08 bid between Christmas and New Year's. 

Coincidence?  We're betting against it.  Did Edwards' PR team call an audible to leak the news today, so as to muddle the Bayh news in newspapers and on the Sunday shows tomorrow?  And/or did they figure that with Bayh's supporters now looking for a new horse to ride, now was a good moment for their guy to signal his candidacy more concretely?  Or was there some other strategic calculus at play?

Also: will another '08 campaign now try to snap up Bayh spokesguy Dan Pfeiffer?

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