The DUmmies are angry with the way the Obama campaign announced the pick of Joe Biden as VP running mate. Yes, many are also upset with the pick itself but in this DUFU we shall cover how many in DUmmieland feel their chains were jerked by the 3 AM text message announcement when most everyone who was still awake already knew it was Biden. Oh, and for those of you waiting for the information about Biden that I have announced that will DESTROY the Obama campaign. Patience. The wheels have already been set in motion for that although even without that info, Biden will prove to be poison for Barack Obama. In fact, I suspect that Obama might even have asked Sam Nunn to run with him but got turned down and he ended up stuck with the sanity-challenged Biden. Meanwhile the DUmmies are griping about the anti-climatic text message announcement in two threads, Okay, I'm really irritated with Obama on this one and For all your pissed at the Obama campaign because of the VP leak, a couple things:. So let us now watch DUmmie disappointment in the VP announcement in Bolshevik Red while the commentary of your humble correspondent, sewing a strait jacket for Biden, is in the [barackets]:
Okay, I'm really irritated with Obama on this one.
[Did you enjoy staying awake until 3 AM learning what everyone else knew well before midnight?]
Not the Biden choice; I love Biden and think he made the best choice possible. Rather, I'm referring to the text-message debacle. I was looking forward to that moment of giddy anticipation when I would get that text message and see, for the first time, who of several options it would be. I was happy he was giving the MSM the runaround. It was going to be fresh, modern, snappy, and exciting.
Instead, I spend the whole day feeling progressively more frustrated and disappointed with the silence. Then, the story starts slowly leaking out on CNN: It ain't Clinton, it ain't Bayh, it ain't Kaine, the secret service is dispatched to Biden's house...
[And yet you stayed awake until 3 AM to find out who the pick would be. BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!]
So in the end, the story comes out at 10pm Friday night, his supporters feel toyed with, and by the time The Message goes out, everyone will have already known it for 12 hours. Yeah, "the media fixated on him today," but they would have if he had announced it at 5pm, too. Hell, he coulda really thrown them for a loop and announced it in the middle of their evening broadcasts. Yeah, he got a bunch of new email addresses and phone numbers, but that doesn't mean he had to play with us.
[Does Michelle know that Barack has been playing with you?]
So, um, great execution, guys. Sure hope you know what you're doing, because it feels to me like you tried to stretch this thing out just a day too far.
[As we watch the Obama campaign collapse in the sunset, let us now moveon to the other DUmmies...]
I Feel Used
[And abused. Poor widdle DUmmie.]
Maybe Obama...Thought we would have better things to do on a Friday night than spend every second of it on the internet with CNN in the background. If we had all gone out and had fun like normal people, we wouldn't know it was Biden. We could be waking up in the morning with our hangovers to a text message SURPRISE!
[I'm sure that Pied Piper Pitt woke up this morning with a hangover.]
I still say, Good Play, Obama Camp! They ruled the news with a carrot and a stick for four solid days.
[Congrats Obama for jerking our chains!]
AFTER he notified Bayh and Kaine, BEFORE that news leaked - that's when he should have done it.
[He didn't have to notify Hillary because she wasn't even considered in the first place. Hee! Hee!]
Meanwhile, the media has been talking about how much sense Biden makes (instead of trashing him) and McCain leaked that Romney will be his running mate (true or not) and nobody gave a damn. Hah!
[My theory is that in the future only Mormons can pass the vetting process for Veep because of their squeaky clean lives. Of course, there is always Glenn Beck to ruin that theory.]
This stuff about Biden didn't break until most people were asleep.
[I went to sleep around 10 PM and already knew it was Biden.]
Yeah, but what about those of us on Guam?
[Try moving to American Samoa.]
He should have broke it this evening. Made no sense to stretch it out this far for Biden, the obvious choice. But whatever. He knows what he's doing.
[I BEEEEELEEEEEVE in the infallibility of the Lightworker!]
I think it was a brilliant ploy. IMO, the best thing Obama has ever done.
[I would hate to see the second best thing that Obama has ever done.]
Blame Clinton, Bayh, and Kaine. They were the ones that leaked they weren't the pick.
[And next week, Hillary will make him PAY!]
Maybe they got tired of the game too, and just wanted the reporters to go the f*ck away.
[Biden gave the game away when he bought bagels for the reporters.]
Apperently, Biden has passed the discipline test.
Has anyone actually SEEN the secret service at Biden's house? I'll wait for the official announcement.
[Posted a DUmmie at 12:19 AM as he prepared to fight Mr. Sandman for nearly 3 more hours.]
They let this go about a day or two longer than they should have. Of course it was going to leak, after they called all the people who weren't picked. Now the text message will seem kind of dumb.
If he had announced today, that would have overshadowed the "number of houses" story, which I think is really important.
[And that house story is pretty much the highlight of Obama's campaign.]
If it is Biden, I agree it has been badly fumbled.
[It's been badly fumbled.]
Remember that DUers are not like most people. We are political junkies who stay up until 2:00 am to hear the latest rumor. Most people went to bed hours ago with no clue Biden is probably it.
[While you DUmmies stayed up all night and still don't have a clue.]
Poor decisions on this one.
[Including the choice of Biden.]
This is looking sloppy. What happened to the text messaging and the campaign discipline? I'll wait for the text message and take Obama at his word.
[Proclaimed the DUmmie at 1:27 AM.]
And we've been sitting here all week trying to figure it out 24-7. Wasn't the point of this kinda to beat the text message. So yeah, we basically got what we asked for, but f*ck Bayh for officially leaking.
[Hillary told Bayh to rain on Obama's parade.]
Was it like the scene in a Christmas Story where he uses his secret decoder ring to decipher the secret code and it says!!!!!! .......Be Sure To Drink Your Ovaltine.
[And you DUmmies ......Be sure to Drink Your Kool-Aid. Now on to the other DUmmie thread...]
For all your pissed at the Obama campaign because of the VP leak, a couple things:
[DUmb and DUmb-mie.]
Many here feel used by the campaign and disappointed that they won't be the first to know. Folks, the campaign still hasn't broken that pledge. They have yet to OFFICIALLY announce Obama's running mate, and when that happens, it will still be done via text message.
[Yeah. It's 1:34 AM but some DUmmies are going to stay up until 3 AM to find out what is already known.]
The motivation for the mass message was to tell mainsteam media, "screw you!" and honor the grassroots activists and citizens who had built this campaign. Even if the AP is correct and it turns out to be Biden, the campaign has still respected its promise to tell the voters directly via text and e-mail who the running mate will be.
[The Obama campaign was having FUn making its robots stay up until the wee hours for to find out what was already known.]
We haven't been used, so stop complaining. I'm going to be told who Obama's veep is at the same time as Candy Crowley, John King, Chuck Todd, Katie Couric. It's really remarkable that despite these leaks, I will officially be in the know when all these insider reporters are. It really is OUR campaign.
[I'm picturing this DUmmie guzzling down coffee and slapping himself in the face just to find out at 3 AM what was already known.]
Besides, while I'd be thrilled with Biden in the #2 slot, a part of me thinks this is the greatest headfake in the history of politics. Remember, these are the "Florida goes for Gore, now Bush, now too close to call" networks we're talking about. You may also know them as the "Obama will win New Hampshire by 10-15 points" networks.
[Well, Obama did pick the greatest fake in politics.]
You are rationalizing a PR screwup...if it's true. I'm still taking Obama at his word. If you can't keep something tight, don't make big promises that you can. Also, the question becomes, did the "leak" get out before others were notified that they were not the ones? One doesn't have to be "pissed" to see a bungle here.
[I saw a bungle just in the choice of Biden.]
Even worse if he thinks Biden won't destroy his campaign with his mouth.
[I think Biden's recorded words out of his mouth already destroyed his campaign.]
Obama overplayed his hand and the press said screw you. This is all so unprofessional and un presidential. It makes me wonder about Obama.
[You're just now starting to wonder about Obama?]
The Obama Camp played this one up big, the text message thing, and now they have egg on their face. Part of the thing I want is a person who knows when the gig is up, and doesn't try to squeeze all emotion until they fall flat.
[An omelette named Joe.]
He needs to find out who leaked.
[And hit him with a wet noodle.]
If some pissed off frontrunner didn't get chosen (Evan Bayh), who's to say they didn't leak out of spite?
[Bayh would have been chosen until Team Obama realized the jokes about "Obama Bayh" bumper stickes. Now they are stuck with "Obama bin Biden."]
and how silly to have secret service protection before texting a million people?
[Texting takes priority over security.]
If they keep on like this the Obama 08 campaign may end up the stuff of legend for anyone that looks at campaign strategy.
[Yes, it will serve as a classic example on the WRONG way of campaigning.]