by lizpolaris, Sat Aug 23, 2008 at 05:29:41 AM EDT
OK, I'm trying to understand the strategery here.
Whip up a frenzy about the VP pick; double pinkie swear to tell your followers first via text message; announce the day you're going to do the big 'reveal' like some game show - and when the big day comes -
Delay the planned announcement by one day (it as planned for Thursday), in an attempt to cache in on your opponent's perceive gaffe; don't announce on your newly announced planned day (Friday); release the news to main stream media first; send out the news in the middle of the night; and wake people up at 3 in the morning with a text message.
How is this a good idea?
First, you've missed your own deadline, twice.
Second, you've lied to your breathless new followers. It's the new young voters who are going to be looking for the text message. But the announcement wasn't sent to them first, like promised - it was made to the traditional media.
Third, some people wake up at the sound of their phone receiving a text message in the middle of the night (myself included) and it better be an emergency (it was, the only time I got one).
This is not the excited fanfare we expected. So I'm not touching the choice of candidate in this diary - I'm trying to understand who in their right mind thought any of this would be a GOOD way to do this announcement and end the speculation? I'm trying to figure out how it could have been more of a letdown for those folks who may still have been excited to hear about it. Seems to me, it couldn't have been handled worse.