While we wait for Barack Obama's announcement, what's everyone else doing?
Give credit to Barack Obama's team. So far they've orchestrated the vice presidential roll out deftly -- delaying it until the eve of the convention to assure that they dominate the last days before opening night with real news, while steadily ratcheting up the frenzy of speculation in the days beforehand.
Very creative writing by ABC's Jake Tapper:
Presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, is hours away from naming his running mate, with the corpse of Big Foot surging as a last-minute finalist.
If he's gotten a call one way or the other from Obama or his selection team, his staff ain't saying. Josh Taylor, his spokesman, referred the question to the Obama campaign, which ain't saying, either.
No text messages yet....
Obama's now moving quickly and harshly to define McCain with one of the classic political caricatures, that he's "out of touch." And he's using what has to be the worst visual of the cycle to do it: McCain in George H.W. Bush's golf cart.