(cut-n-pasted this from the Poll entry into a stand-alone entry)
UPDATE, early Saturday morning: by now you’ve probably heard that Senator Joe Biden has been selected as Obama’s running mate. And no, I wasn’t informed via text message from the Obama camp, as promised. I wasn’t near a TV or radio when the news was confirmed, but when I checked my GMail on my phone at around 10:45 pm on Friday night, there was a message from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer site announcing the news. Seattle PI? Yep – because I had registered as a user of their site a few months ago because of this entry about the Sip-n-Dip.
And as for the much-hyped Obama text message? It arrived on my cell phone at 1:53 am on Saturday. So much for wowing the txt gnr8tn; many are just plain ticked off.
FRIDAY EVENING:…and speaking of waiting for the text message about Obama’s VP pick…there are some sites posting rumors that Evan Bayh has been selected. These “sources” claim that bumper stickers promoting “Obama/Bayh” have been printed; of course, it could be a decoy, rumor, etc. Interestingly, four years ago, I learned about the selection of John Edwards via this post on MetaFilter, which sourced John Kerry’s choice via an online bulletin board about aviation. The lesson? In this age of blogging, text messaging, twittering, and such, it’s darn hard to keep a secret of this size for very long. My gut says it won’t be Bayh…too bland for the Obama crowd. I think it would be way fun if Obama selected Dick Cheney as his VP candidate, if only for the entertainment value as the collective heads of the Freepers and Nutroots exploded.
MORE: still on the subject of the Text Message (Soon To Be) Heard ‘Round The World…the MetaFilter thread about the Obama VP announcement contains this hilarious stimulus/response:
My favorite thing about the text message thing was a quote I read earlier today (god, I wish I could find it again – it was fairly mainstream) breathlessly saying “The Obama campaign is harnessing text message technology more successfully than any presidential campaign in history.”
Wow! More successfully than Taft?!