Why are you angry? Frankly, I don't get it. They probably would have announced a few days ago if McCain hadn't made the gaffe about not knowing how many houses he had. If the Obama campaign had rolled out the vp pick then, it would have buried that story. Now it's clearly out there and will be referred to all next week.
I doubt the Obama campaign put that out. They told prospective candidates and it got leaked.
However, it will still be exciting to get the text message and some will get the information that way. For instance, my college age daughter will NOT be checking for on-line news tonight; she's out with friends. But she'll get the text message.
And meanwhile Obama will have built a larger database of cell phone numbers which will be great for field organizing and GOTV.
And there's plenty of firsts this whole election year. Want to start a list? Maybe we can put on it having two great candidates, one a woman and one an African-American. Add the first candidate to have 2 million donors. Or how about the official announcement going out by text message?
Biden dull? I respectfully disagree. He has such a twinkle in his eye. And he can give a great speech. A friend of mine was at the Jefferson-Jackson dinner in Iowa, the one where pundits thought Obama did great, and she told me afterward that the candidate who most impressed her was Biden. He was smart, sharp, and witty. (BTW, that friend was volunteering for Clinton at the time.)
Oh, and Nate Silver says Biden's numbers are quite strong among seniors, a group with whom Obama is underperforming, and fairly strong among moderates. He would probably lock up Pennsylvania for Obama -- both because he is well-known in the Philly burbs and because Pennsylvania has an older electorate -- and might play well somewhere like Florida. http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/2008/08/d
I have a very good friend who went to Mexico for an illegal abortion and emerged infertile due to damage to her uterus. I have other friends who organized underground abortion services when it was illegal and feared that they might end up in jail; they also had to deal with hairy situations with some of the women who got abortions.
Politics is not about how the election makes you feel. It's about choices that affects people's lives. And women's lives are literally at stake with this. If Roe goes, about half the states will make abortion illegal. Young, poor women will be most vulnerable.