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Why Weekend Updates May Be Slow

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Back in September, Eric Dienstfrey, ever the model employee, asked politely if he might be able to take a week off in April for the Passover holiday and to attend to a family obligation.

I said: "April? Please. That should be an easy month." And in a managerial move that was not the most far sighted, I told him it would be fine to take off the week off starting on April 18.

Good planning, huh?

And of course, had I thought about it for a minute, I would have remembered that I would be likely to have travel plans of my own for Passover (which begins tomorrow night), especially given that April 20 is also my parent's 50th wedding anniversary...and my wife's birthday.

So this is a long way of saying that Eric will be off for the next week and in about 15 minutes I'll going offline to enjoy all the pleasures of a six hour drive from Washington, DC to Cleveland Ohio. As such, updates will certainly be infrequent for the rest of the day and over the weekend. Knowing how closely everyone (including yours truly) is following the Pennsylvania primary, I will post and update as often as I can.

Meanwhile, for those alert readers who often email us with the latest survey, please feel free to post comments to this post today with links to any new polls (just remember, no more than 2-3 links per comment or it won't publish).

And finally, if you happen to be dining in Breezewood, PA later tonight and see a guy trying to concentrate on his laptop while his wife and two young kids eat, well, that will probably be me.

[Typos and grammar repaired - and if you see more of such errors than usual this week, you will know another reason we value Eric]

 

Comments
cinnamonape:

Well Mark...you're a poll analyst and according to past trends it was a safe prediction.

Problem is...this year all bets are out the window ;-)

Hope that Eric has a good time with family and we'll await his assessments when he returns.

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Eric LeVine:

Good Pesach!

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Mike:

Hag Sameach to both Mark and Eric.

The good news.... I'll be celebrating Pesach as well, so I won't notice the lapse.... :)

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I have made similar trips from DC to Pittsburgh (via Breezewood) many times. While you travel through Pennsylvania, could you stop the car on occasion and ask the Keystone Staters how they really feel about the election? If a bitter-looking small-towner pulls out a shotgun with religious ornaments hanging from it... run!

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CBSmith42:

Newsweek National

Obama 54, Clinton 35

Dated conducted: April 16-17; Error margin: 3 points.

http://www.newsweek.com/id/132721

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nimh:

You're a good boss, Mark. Other bosses wouldnt have hesitated to rescind any free days decided on previously, so this makes you a decent guy!

Both of you have fun on your holidays!

And egc, that was funny :)

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