McCain blog innocently wonders: How come Obama sent the text message at 3 a.m.? Update: Mighty suspicious, says … Slate

posted at 1:38 pm on August 23, 2008 by Allahpundit

One possible explanation: They meant to send it out a few hours earlier but the sheer volume of texts caused problems so it got delayed. A likelier explanation: They meant to send it out this morning, but the networks scooped them by confirming the pick around midnight so they had to push it out ahead of schedule to save as much face as possible.

The politically useful explanation: So abiding is their hatred of Her Majesty that they couldn’t resist rubbing her face in one last pile of shinola by sending it out at the hour appointed in her famous ad. Unto you I say again — best convention evah.

By all accounts, Hillary Clinton was not vetted for the second spot, nor was she consulted by the Obama campaign on who should be taken–not even as a courtesy. If she had been the pick, the 3 a.m. text message might have had some real resonance–a signal that the two had put a tough campaign behind them in order to work together on the serious issues the next administration will have to deal with.

But what’s with holding the text message until 3 a.m. for Joe Biden? The only explanation that makes any sense is that Team Obama just couldn’t resist one last dig at Hillary.

I was so sure he’d be forced to name Hillary that even though I went to bed after all the news about Biden had broken (but before the text was sent), I still raced to the TV this morning expecting to find that he’d pulled the greatest head fake in modern political history. Compare his numbers among Democrats to McCain’s numbers among Republicans in Gallup’s new poll. Quote: “If each candidate were supported equally by his partisans, and independents split equally, that would translate into a 7- to 10-point lead for Obama over McCain in the race for president.” Against all expectations, the Hillary nuts really are a factor and we’re reaching the point where I’m not sure why anyone would think they’ll be coming home to the party. Her supporters on the trail don’t seem to believe her endorsements of Obama, and Obama himself has done practically nothing — virtually no help with her campaign debt, and amazingly, not even a cursory vetting for VP — to bridge the gap. Instead he ends up with a guy towards whom 75 percent of the public is indifferent and whom another 10 percent (mostly disgruntled Hillaryites, I’m sure) say will make them less likely to vote for him. Exit question: Even if Goldfarb’s blowing smoke, given how eager Hillary’s supporters are to find reasons to be aggrieved, shouldn’t Barry and his constellation of advisors have anticipated that 3 a.m. might be, um, the very worst time to send this out?

Update: A reader e-mails Jonah Goldberg to say that in light of the volume of texts, 3 a.m. was probably the “best (only)” time they could have done it. Really? You’ve already kissed off every time zone except the Pacific by that point. Why not just hold it until 4 a.m. or a little later? The cat was already out of the bag.

Update: I’ve been wondering if this theory would have any traction on the left, where it’ll actually do damage, or if it’s simply a fleeting righty diversion. Here’s your answer.


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Oh well. It was an interesting run, Barry. Not only do you look incompetent, but venal as well. Say goodbye to about 20% of the base.

Think_b4_speaking on August 23, 2008 at 1:41 PM

Maybe it took that long to figure out how to send a text message.

DAT60A3 on August 23, 2008 at 1:41 PM

Ah, yes. The next firestorm is here. How many 3 a.m.’s have YOU had? or something, ugh.

Sir Loin on August 23, 2008 at 1:42 PM

Jonah,

I’m sitting in the airport waiting for my Denver flight and saw your post about the time of the text message. I’d bet this had nothing to do with Hillary, but was rather the only time cell phone companies would allow it. Getting a Common Short Code (those nifty 5-digit numbers) requires agreements with wireless providers and I’m sure they didn’t want to crush the country’s wireless network, which is what happens on New Year’s when everyone sends everyone else a celebratory text message (usually to discover the message won’t go through). Taking into considerations the time zones, 3AM was probably the best (only) time they could pull it off.

From NRO Corner. Doesn’t mean we shouldn’t feed the PUMAs the “snub” line.

Wethal on August 23, 2008 at 1:42 PM

for some reason i still don’t believe that Biden is the VP pick..

Change that you can Believe in..

I don’t believe it. maybe i’m just cynical.. <:D

Chakra Hammer on August 23, 2008 at 1:42 PM

They knew Joe and McCain would both be up that time of night with bladder spasms?

Chuck Schick on August 23, 2008 at 1:43 PM

Never blame malice where sheer incompetence is sufficient.

JollyRoger on August 23, 2008 at 1:44 PM

The last minute VP pick had nothing to do with the opposition party and everything to do with timing to prevent a Hillary coup.

Marcus on August 23, 2008 at 1:44 PM

[ I probably plagiarized that. ]

JollyRoger on August 23, 2008 at 1:44 PM

A likelier explanation: They meant to send it out this morning, but the networks scooped them by confirming the pick around midnight so they had to push it out ahead of schedule to save as much face as possible.

This is exactly it. They decide to push it up to 3am instead of the 10 am they announced, because people could be woken up in the dead of night by their phone (or whenever they get up) and see they have a text… and The One came through and told them first just like he promised! (Not really telling them that the media scooped them three hours prior, or that it was up on their website first.)

The libs are so gullible.

Enoxo on August 23, 2008 at 1:45 PM

[ I probably plagiarized that. ]

JollyRoger on August 23, 2008 at 1:44 PM

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Its ok, just announce you are a liberal, and all will be forgiven.

Think_b4_speaking on August 23, 2008 at 1:46 PM

Nice. Obama-Biden! In the future, this campaign will be studied as an example of how to come out of nowhere and dethrone the inevitable, and then to throw it all away.

How can this happen? Obama did the impossible–dethroned Hillary. The Republicans couldn’t beat the Clinton machine, though they did grab Congress. So how did Obama do it? That shows a great deal of skill.

Or did he just get lucky and Hill threw it away in one of the greatest political self-destructions in history? Because Obama’s campaign is looking completely and totally inept now. There’s nothing left of the man who swept Super Tuesday and was the messiah. I don’t see much more of the “Obama landslide inevitable” rhetoric anymore–it’s more of the “America is racist cuz they aren’t pulling the lever for The One!”

What explains the massive differences in ability to take down the Hildebeest but he’s now rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic? Hubris? The same thing that nailed Hillary?

Vanceone on August 23, 2008 at 1:46 PM

Counting down the days until Biden develops a “brain tumor” and has to drop out of the race, like any other far-lefty who has come out in full favor of Obama.

Neo on August 23, 2008 at 1:46 PM

Doesn’t mean we shouldn’t feed the PUMAs the “snub” line.

Wethal on August 23, 2008 at 1:42 PM

Indeed feed the hungry PUMAs

Les in NC on August 23, 2008 at 1:48 PM

[ I probably plagiarized that. ]

JollyRoger on August 23, 2008 at 1:44 PM

I was about to say, if you came up with that one yourself, you need to protect it. Brill!

carbon_footprint on August 23, 2008 at 1:50 PM

My guess? Biden was not really the first choice…

He was the Fat girl you ask at the last minute to go to the Prom, after all the Hottys turned you down.

They had to scramble due to the change, and it took awhile to get organized.

Face it, if you had ongoing political asperations, would you want to go anywhere near the failing Obama campaign?

Romeo13 on August 23, 2008 at 1:50 PM

Can’t wait ’til Monday!

ctmom on August 23, 2008 at 1:51 PM

To Hillary Supporters:
Remember all the nice things McCain said about your candidate? Think of how he was willing to take some flak from his supporters for saying she was a friend? Compare that to her being dissed every way possible by The One. Why not support someone who respects Hiilary’s accomplishments and considers her an equal colleague instead of someone who is determined to humiliate her at every turn. Cross over and join us! Welcome.

a capella on August 23, 2008 at 1:51 PM

To Hillary Supporters:
Remember all the nice things McCain said about your candidate? Think of how he was willing to take some flak from his supporters for saying she was a friend? Compare that to her being dissed every way possible by The One. Why not support someone who respects Hiilary’s accomplishments and considers her an equal colleague instead of someone who is determined to humiliate her at every turn. Cross over and join us! Welcome.

a capella on August 23, 2008 at 1:51 PM

Exactly! Join us, it will be fun. We are sincere. Most of did not like Hillary at the beginning of this election but we have all learned to love her. Even Allahpundit agrees.

carbon_footprint on August 23, 2008 at 1:53 PM

Fools didn’t even take into account that millions were up late watching the Olympics and got the midnight reports on all the networks. That’s how I found out; I had been to a party until 11 p.m. and ordinarily I would never turn on the TV that late; I would ave just gone to bed. But I wanted to see what was happening with the Olympics. My TV was tuned to Fox News and Shep was already talking about Biden.

So they had to get the official word out in the middle of the night or they knew they would look all kinds of stupid this morning.

rockmom on August 23, 2008 at 1:55 PM

I don’t think Biden was the first choice either. I bet there’s someone who was ahead of Biden, who didn’t quite survive the vetting process. I won’t speculate about who that was.

RBMN on August 23, 2008 at 1:56 PM

Exactly! Join us, it will be fun. We are sincere. Most of did not like Hillary at the beginning of this election but we have all learned to love her. Even Allahpundit agrees.

Never did, and never will.

I hope McCain isn’t thinking of picking her as Veep… oy. She’d end up killing him off Hoffa-style in order to succeed to the big chair.

Enoxo on August 23, 2008 at 1:57 PM

So I predicted correctly that Obama would pick Biden and I predicted correctly that the text message would be sent at 3 am…now please can I have predicted correctly too that McCain would pick Palin?

Yossarian on August 23, 2008 at 1:57 PM

carbon_footprint on August 23, 2008 at 1:50 PM

Thanks, I was pretty impressed with myself, for not being sufficiently caffeinated and slightly hungover ;).

JollyRoger on August 23, 2008 at 1:58 PM

I think they dragged the whole thing out too long, anyway. There was little likelihood of them keeping it secret long enough for the recipients of the text message to be the first to know. And the longer they waited, the more likely it became that word would get out ahead of time. Besides, how much earlier would the text recipients have known–five seconds?

backwoods conservative on August 23, 2008 at 1:58 PM

I don’t think Biden was the first choice either. I bet there’s someone who was ahead of Biden, who didn’t quite survive the vetting process. I won’t speculate about who that was.

RBMN on August 23, 2008 at 1:56 PM

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Or, choice number one (or one and two) turned him down….

Think_b4_speaking on August 23, 2008 at 1:59 PM

Obama is definitely going to the prom with the ugly chick. If he had at least consulted with Hillary about his choice, things could have been forgiven among the PUMAs. Biden was probably the only Senator that Obama knew by first name from his few days in the Senate before he started campaigning.

My only fear now is that Hillary will win the nomination and could energize the base. But Bambam’s poll numbers aren’t low enough yet for that to work.

For McCain, any of the well-known Republican candidates will be more inspiring than Biden. A surprise pick would be even more exciting and emphasize the fact that he doesn’t need any one else’s gravitas.

pedestrian on August 23, 2008 at 2:00 PM

barry trying to be cute with the text messaging. why can he not just do a normal press release, tried and true. idiot!

custer on August 23, 2008 at 2:00 PM

[Hillary's] supporters on the trail don’t seem to believe her endorsements of Obama…

Well, they’ve spent the last 8 years winking and nodding while she kept oratorically pretending to be a moderate. Hillary and her supporters have this weird-ass secret club thing going on. Is there any reason to think they’ll suddenly start taking her at face value now?

logis on August 23, 2008 at 2:05 PM

Obama’s problem now is he can’t use his typical M.O. when Biden gaffes, and he WILL gaffes, often and spectacularly. If he throws Biden under the bus then he goes too because they are handcuffed together for the duration.

Paul-Cincy on August 23, 2008 at 2:05 PM

http://vbonnaire.wordpress.com/2008/06/02/if-you-are-pro-hillary-clinton-come-and-join-the-pumas-cross-posted-from-the-confluence/

Just read here what the PUMAs think about Obama. And this was before Biden came into the picture.

leftnomore on August 23, 2008 at 2:07 PM

My guess? Biden was not really the first choice…

Romeo13 on August 23, 2008 at 1:50 PM

I think that might be right.

Spirit of 1776 on August 23, 2008 at 2:08 PM

What explains the massive differences in ability to take down the Hildebeest but he’s now rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic? Hubris? The same thing that nailed Hillary?

Vanceone on August 23, 2008 at 1:46 PM

David Axelrod had two good ideas: 1) make Barack Obama the candidate of the rabid anti-war base and 2)sweep the caucuses and the far-left state primaries by organizing those people and raising a lot of cash from them. That’s it. Hillary was crippled by her vote for the war and her campaign was epically stupid in failing to organize for the early caucuses.

When the caucuses ended, and at the same time the war in Iraq started to turn around, Obama had nothing to say and nothing to offer any “leadership” about. Then the Rev. Wright stuff came out, and he made the “bitter” gaffe which killed him on Ohio, PA, and West Virginia. But by then he had eked out a lead in the delegate count, and the superdelegates were too afraid of appearing racist to oppose him – plus there was a fair amount of Clinton backlash among a lot of them.

I also adamantly believe that Obama’s people thought the Republicans were going to nominate Mitt Romney and they could beat him easily, because:

–the experience issue would not hurt Obama, because Romney had no national experience either;
–Reverend Wright would not hurt him because Romney would not dare bring religion into the campaign;
–they could drive evangelicals away from the GOP by making Romney’s Mormonism an issue;
–Romney would have nothing to say about Iraq, and Obama would run on oposition to the war.

My take is that Obama’s people were completely taken by surprise when John McCain wrapped up the GOP nomination and did it so early. They obviously had no plan to run against him and they still don’t.

rockmom on August 23, 2008 at 2:08 PM

Chalk this up to his lack of experience as this debacle choice proves the guy is clueless. Absolutely clueless.

McCain is now clear to pick any loser for his V.P. because B.H.O. is done for.

DannoJyd on August 23, 2008 at 2:08 PM

I think it was done at that time to cover from the story breaking early. Once the Secret Service went to Biden’s house, everyone knew. The whole text messaging thing was to put out that “you’re first to know” when in fact everyone knew beforehand. They just wasted $1 million dollars on that stupid stupid text messaging scheme. Yet again, they got their numbers now (as was pointed out here).

DanStark on August 23, 2008 at 2:13 PM

So some campaign idiot with a hemp-fetish decides that a giant textmessage spam is the way to make this announcement and sells BarryO on the idea, or was it BarryO’s own idea? Go out and make a big buzz-generating proclamation about how the grassroots will be the first to know, pre-empting the alphabet news channels? After all that is said, to THEN find out the cell carriers can’t handle the traffic during normal hours???

THe whole Obama campaign has been like “wiping your butt first and THEN making the dookie.”

Judgment to Lead!!!!!!!!!

innominatus on August 23, 2008 at 2:14 PM

The gamut seems to have been run on ol’ Joe, he was the wrong pick at the wrong time. What else is there to say until the gaffes start pouring in.

Bishop on August 23, 2008 at 2:15 PM

rockmom on August 23, 2008 at 2:08 PM

I agree with that. So the conclusion of that is that John McCain (love him or hate him) was the ONLY Republican candidate we had that could actually upset the dems in an election season that they should have wrapped up otherwise?
There are higher forces at work here.

carbon_footprint on August 23, 2008 at 2:15 PM

Oh yeah, I would add to my previous analysis the fact that there are zero women in the upper ranks of the Obama campaign, and the men who run it have been caught flat-footed by the adamant loyalty of so many middle-aged and older women to Hillary. They thought being black would trump being female to liberal Democratic voters, but because they are all men they just don’t get it. To any woman over the age of 40, Barack Obama represents every slick-talking, underqualified man who got the promotion over the hard-working woman who should have gotten the job. Even I feel that way about him and I can’t stand Hillary Clinton.

To these women, John McCain is the elder statesman who has actually earned the job; many of them love his Maverickiness and they know he isn’t a Bush clone. They feel safe voting for him and they trust him. Probably no other Republican in the field would have gotten this much support from Hillary’s voters.

John McCain has turned out to be the worst possible opponent for Obama.

rockmom on August 23, 2008 at 2:16 PM

“If each candidate were supported equally by his partisans, and independents split equally, that would translate into a 7- to 10-point lead for Obama over McCain in the race for president.”

Unfortunately, Obama doesn’t need to win by 7 to 10 points nationally. He needs to win by 2 votes – 1 in Pennsylvania and 1 in Michigan, or maybe 3 or 4 votes in some other combination of battlegrounds. Obama doesn’t need to win all of the Hillary hard cases. He just needs to let a significant number of them fall back to him on issues like choice, and make up portions of the rest of the deficit in other core constituencies.

Biden confirms that Obama will be content, a few rhetorical Hopenchange invocations notwithstanding, with getting close enough to “generic Democrat” to win the election in a Democratic year. It’s the door that was always wide open to the Dems, if a little less wide open today than it looked in January. Because they had two drama queens leading all contenders, and because the party had moved so far to the left especially on the war, they weren’t able to go with an authentic centrist shoo-in, but from this point forward I expect a negative, ugly Blues vs. Reds fight in the battleground states, in which any Biden gaffes are unlikely either to be heard, or, if heard, to move the polls. In the meantime, the 36-year Capitol Hill veteran does make the ticket look safer- less peremptorily disqualifiable.

As a staunch McCain supporter, I wish I could share the pleasure that so many on the right are taking in the Biden selection, or the hopes being placed on Hillary holdouts. I’m far from throwing in the towel, but Biden is no Tom Eagleton. This wasn’t a horrible pick, IMO. I think it was a good pick vis-a-vis the most practical winning Dem strategy.

CK MacLeod on August 23, 2008 at 2:18 PM

shouldn’t Barry and his constellation of advisors have anticipated that 3 a.m. might be, um, the very worst time to send this out?

These are the guys who picked Joe “Obama Has No Qualifications for President” Biden. I’m pretty sure it didn’t occur to them.

emailnuevo on August 23, 2008 at 2:18 PM

Update: A reader e-mails Jonah Goldberg to say that in light of the volume of texts, 3 a.m. was probably the “best (only)” time they could have done it. Really? You’ve already kissed off every time zone except the Pacific by that point. Why not just hold it until 4 a.m. or a little later? The cat was already out of the bag.

Cripes…the American Idol show does more every week, before 11:00pm.

JetBoy on August 23, 2008 at 2:25 PM

They obviously had no plan to run against him and they still don’t.

rockmom on August 23, 2008 at 2:08 PM

They have no weapons.
Hot button issues:

1. Iraq- McCain wins

2. Energy(drilling)- McCain wins

3. Illegal immigration- At worst for McCain, a tie

4. Supreme Court Justice nominations- Unknown

5. Russia and terrorism- McCain wins.

6. Projected budget and pork- McCain wins.

Obama’s screwed. Biden’s selection reinforces it.

a capella on August 23, 2008 at 2:29 PM

Unfortunately, Obama doesn’t need to win by 7 to 10 points nationally. He needs to win by 2 votes – 1 in Pennsylvania and 1 in Michigan, or maybe 3 or 4 votes in some other combination of battlegrounds.
CK MacLeod on August 23, 2008 at 2:18 PM

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If Obama doesn’t win Pennsylvania and Michigan, he has already lost. Kerry won both and lost the election. Obama has to win all states won by Kerry plus at least 20 electoral votes.

Think_b4_speaking on August 23, 2008 at 2:30 PM

……….. Can you just imagine what the Clintons will talk about during their time in the spot light at the DNC Convention?

Seven Percent Solution on August 23, 2008 at 2:37 PM

So, the Obama people are either petty and vindictive or incompetent. hmmm. Neither inspires confidence.

Terrye on August 23, 2008 at 2:41 PM

rush is right, Hillary did get the high hard one, over and over, numerous times, big time.

She HAS to, MUST redeem herself!!!

benrand on August 23, 2008 at 2:42 PM

Maybe it took that long to figure out how to send a text message.
DAT60A3 on August 23, 2008 at 1:41 PM

Not buying it. They had planned this for well over a week. Surely the campaign contacted the major carriers and figured out an efficient way to broadcast the text. If Ma Bell can figure out how to score 60 million votes in an hour for American Idol, they can figure out how to broadcast a text message to 1 million numbers.

I like the idea of spinning that Obama dissed Hillary by running the spot at 0300. There’s a part of me that actually believes that might be true. Lanny Davis was saying on Cavuto’s business block this morning that there was a lot of hatred between the two campaign organizations.

Outlander on August 23, 2008 at 2:44 PM

Has anyone else thought about the possibility of Hillary walking out of the Democrat Convention and going third party? I believe she would poll high enough to receive federal matching funds.

meci on August 23, 2008 at 2:45 PM

I’ll bet Hillary is just all Sunshine and Buttercups today.

DngrMse on August 23, 2008 at 2:46 PM

Has anyone thought that O’Bama meant to send it at 3PM and some stoned idiot at O’Bama’s HQ set the auto-send for AM “’cause it’s during the day, Dude.”?

Don Carne on August 23, 2008 at 2:46 PM

Unto you I say again — best convention evah.

Obviously, AP, I have never heard your voice. But I can actually “hear” you saying that. LOL!

RushBaby on August 23, 2008 at 2:47 PM

I think the dissing Hillary at 3:00 AM is highly unlikely. The price they could pay by dissing all the people who signed up for the alert is too high. Getting beaten to the punch by the media is much more likely.

backwoods conservative on August 23, 2008 at 2:48 PM

Most of did not like Hillary at the beginning of this election but we have all learned to love her. Even Allahpundit agrees.

She earned my respect in the end. She hung on while taking an unfair beating from the press and the moonbats, betrayed by her friends, and sabotaged by her husband numerous times. And who doesn’t love a woman who can do shots?

Blake on August 23, 2008 at 2:50 PM

CK:

I am not so sure about that. I live in Indiana and even the people here know that Biden is no hope and change kind of guy. I think that Obama made a bad choice. He picked a lobbyist loving old white guy who has been in Washington for decades. This old white guy also supported the war, just like Hillary did. I am not so sure those Dems will turn out in the numbers needed to win this thing. Time will tell.

Terrye on August 23, 2008 at 2:52 PM

Unto you I say again — best convention evah.

Only if the big papier mache heads go up in flames!

Blake on August 23, 2008 at 2:52 PM

Maybe The One wanted as many sheople as possible to sign up for the texts messages because The One is going to use their cell numbers and enter them into the DIEBOLD voting machines thereby turning them into votes and winning the election!!

/moonbattiness

SouthernGent on August 23, 2008 at 2:54 PM

If someone text-messages me at 3AM, it had better be a life-or-death situation. Otherwise, that’s just rude.

Sekhmet on August 23, 2008 at 2:56 PM

After the way Her Thighness was screwed by her own party so they could lay the presidential affirmative action on Barry, she doesn’t need any more incentive to start cutting throats. I think Hillary was asked first, but turned down The One. When he loses, so does she. Hillary does her best work alone or with a small group of trusted loyal operatives. Quietly, she will help make sure McRino wins, then offer herself as the unbeatable, see, you shoulda’ took me candidate in 2012. Never underestimate the Cankles. The Kennedy-Kerry wing of jackass party still knows she’s got the pimp hand.

nivram1 on August 23, 2008 at 2:58 PM

Think_b4_speaking on August 23, 2008 at 2:30 PM

Right, but the main point stands: Kerry lost by a few million votes nationally, but could have won the election if he’d done a little better in Ohio. If the conventional wisdom is true (it happens now and then), the Dems start in a much better position this time around. So Obama needs to win by 1 vote in Ohio, and otherwise hold the Kerry states. Generic/Generic D vs. Generic/Generic R should be able to accomplish that easily in ’08. If that’s true, the Republicans need to keep the race from reducing to that, and Obama appears to have a larger margin for error.

CK MacLeod on August 23, 2008 at 3:11 PM

OK, that’s crazy brilliant. It didn’t even occur to me.

Allah, I’ve been trying to tell you since June that Hillary wouldn’t be Obama’s veep. It was her choice all along, and she made it in either May or June. All the stuff since then has been to help her try to raise funds for her campaing debt and/or to try to make her supporters think she was part of the process so they would pay attention to Obama. Of course, the more you pay attention to Obama, the less likely you are to like him (if you are a normal person, that is) so that backfired pretty badly.

funky chicken on August 23, 2008 at 3:12 PM

Michael Ramirez Cartoon

RushBaby on August 23, 2008 at 3:12 PM

The text was meant for his friends in China!

AbaddonsReign on August 23, 2008 at 3:16 PM

I think the dissing Hillary at 3:00 AM is highly unlikely. The price they could pay by dissing all the people who signed up for the alert is too high. Getting beaten to the punch by the media is much more likely.

backwoods conservative on August 23, 2008 at 2:48 PM

Much more likely? Of course. But I’m glad somebody over at the McCain campaign came up with this. Liberals love nasty conspiracy theories, and this one’s gonna have legs. As if the Biden pick wasn’t enough of an unforced error all on its own.

funky chicken on August 23, 2008 at 3:23 PM

B. Hussain will dump Biden for medical reasons soon after the conventions.

TheSitRep on August 23, 2008 at 3:27 PM

but…but…Kos said this was the bestest VP rollout EVER!

sulla on August 23, 2008 at 3:31 PM

I’m surprised, shocked actually that instead of a text message the Obama camp didn’t just release white smoke from the chimney of Obama headquarters, letting press know the Chosen One had made his choice.

Bill Brasky on August 23, 2008 at 3:58 PM

You’re wrong.

The Race Card on August 23, 2008 at 4:09 PM

Breathtakingly. Stupid. Pick.

Eeeexcellent!

drunyan8315 on August 23, 2008 at 4:18 PM

These are the guys who picked Joe “Obama Has No Qualifications for President” Biden. I’m pretty sure it didn’t occur to them.

emailnuevo on August 23, 2008 at 2:18 PM

Biden now becomes the “I’ll say Obama is now qualified, because it benefits me” VP candidate.

Questioning Biden’s credibility on this change will be fun. Imagine the results of him failing to make a convincing case for Obama to a persistent interviewer.

Given how difficult it is to not look like an idiot while defending an idiotic position, (and Biden’s fantastic ego) expect to see Biden-gaffes in this area.

They have no weapons.
Hot button issues:

1. Iraq- McCain wins

2. Energy(drilling)- McCain wins

3. Illegal immigration- At worst for McCain, a tie

4. Supreme Court Justice nominations- Unknown

5. Russia and terrorism- McCain wins.

6. Projected budget and pork- McCain wins.

Obama’s screwed. Biden’s selection reinforces it.

a capella on August 23, 2008 at 2:29 PM

Biden does have some history of reaching across the aisle to Republicans, but this just shows another gap in Obama’s qualifications.

Right_of_Attila on August 23, 2008 at 4:26 PM

nivram1 on August 23, 2008 at 2:58 PM

Hillary claims she will have “whips” on the floor to prevent anti-Obama demonstrations in Denver.

To me, this seems a pretext to stir up pro-Hillary action in Denver. No other excuse works to lull Obama supporters to sleep while they organize, and make it difficult for Obama supporters to not allow the whips. Besides, how does Hillary lose if her followers seem so dedicated and disappointed that they get out of hand if Obama wins the nomination vote?

Do the PUMAs in Denver walk out after the presidential nomination vote, or nominate Hillary for VP to overturn Obama’s selection? I think they could try both.

Right_of_Attila on August 23, 2008 at 4:40 PM

Here is an interesting point regarding the “sheer volume of emails/texts.” I wonder how many folks are signed up for this? 5 million? More? Less? To put it in context, an free text was sent to every owner of a 3g iPhone telling them to upgrade their software. That’s what, around 7 million? It also went out to many more folks for 1 reason or another. There were not glitches reported. It was loaded, a button was pressed, the system sent them out.

If Team 57 Barry was not ready to fulfill their promise on something like this, what else will he promise and fail to deliver on?

William Teach on August 23, 2008 at 5:02 PM

After the news got out, I heard that Hillary! immediately began to make calls to put her Hillary! 2012 Campaign together. Maybe she knows something.

Denver, Denver, Denver!

GarandFan on August 23, 2008 at 7:18 PM

Osama Obama has proven that he is incapable of making good decisions at 3 a.m.

I’m guessing his vote totals may edge down into Goldwater range after this screw-up. If he does that well.

MrScribbler on August 23, 2008 at 7:33 PM

I think Denver is going to be fun to watch this year. Sort of like seeing the movie “Titanic” all over again.

Mojave Mark on August 23, 2008 at 7:35 PM

McCain wonders,I predicted many times,it was
going to be 3:AM,sneaky Liberals,eh!

canopfor on August 23, 2008 at 8:09 PM

Biden? Really? Obama couldn’t find a Dem that at least pretends not to be racist? Gee whiz. Maybe he should have vetted someone from the “White” Party instead.

Mrs. Happy Housewife on August 23, 2008 at 10:38 PM

Great analysis, rockmom.

Interesting link, leftnomore. Loved this:

Now is not the time to put a love object in office, a weakling who will be entirely dependent on his power elite enablers. Or worse, he may be a dissembler who has barely disguised his contempt for the voters….

Barack Obama is a ruthless campaigner who has brought out the worst in the political system but no matter how far he has come, he is a failure. He has failed to live up to core Democratic principles, He has failed to respect the voters. He has failed to disguise his contempt for average, hard working American men and women. And because he has failed in so many ways to appeal to the electorate at large, he will fail the ultimate contest.

We’re with ya, PUMAs!

Rosmerta on August 23, 2008 at 10:47 PM

The only explanation that makes any sense is that Team Obama just couldn’t resist one last dig at Hillary.

All it had me thinking was that this shows the quality of his 3:00 a.m. decision making… Hillary was really on to something there!

taznar on August 24, 2008 at 10:20 AM

In November when Obama loses, he will go off to oblivion. Hillary will live to fight another day.

Lonetown on August 24, 2008 at 10:40 AM

I signed up. The whole idea of waking up Saturday morning, reading a text from an idiot I don’t care about talking about some other idiot I don’t care about, seeing it was sent in the middle of the night….

Just seemed like drunk-dialing sort of behavior.

ynot4tony2 on August 24, 2008 at 3:31 PM