The Obma camp sent out an email tonight letting supporters know they can be the first to find out who the pick is for Obama’s Vice President. Speculation is running due to the email which entices supporters to sing up to receive and email or a text message of the decision and be among the first to know.
No doubt the announcement will “surely come before the Democratic National Convention starts in Denver on Aug. 25″ and Andrew Malcolm teases on Top Of The Ticket, that “It could even come while the candidate is on vacation, scheduled to end next Friday.”
If not, that leaves a 10-day announcement window of Aug. 15-25.
The traditional scenario would be for Obama and his pick to appear at a grand joint announcement somewhere with their families and dozens of TV cameras.
However, if hypothetically the announcement was to be made dramatically via cellphone texts, e-mails and the Obama website, the two candidates would not need to be together.
And if it came, oh, say, sometime this week. it would instantly dominate the news stream and erase any advantage Republican Sen. John McCain might have gotten from a week of campaigning without the Democrats’ competition.
Then, the two Democratic running mates could appear together later at another event and get a bonus second publicity boost.
Of course, the skeptics in all of us recognize this is a great way for the Obama camp to harvest more email addresses and cell phone numbers, “a priceless, free recruiting and fundraising tool.” I won’t be opting for the text message, thank you… But I will post here as soon as possible when the news breaks. Stay tuned…
Oh, and incase you are wondering who’ll be speaking at the Democratic Convention and when, here’s a teaser.