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Al Giordano has the most civilized comment section I know of. Having disabled mine, I respect even more a person who attracts readers who will not troll or otherwise besmirch — a tendency I find at 538.com and many other spots. I think it may be because Al writes THOUGHTFUL posts, maybe one a day. Not to mention that he moderates the posts, but that is in itself no guarantee of quality.
Yesterday, Giordano made the point that any dent Barack could put in the evangelical corpus was a plus, while the rest of the blogosphere was obsessing on whether McCain heard and cheated on the Rick Warren questions or not.
And today, Giordano has suggested we wait all the way until next Wednesday night to hear Barack’s veep choice. Here is a sample of today’s message:
From the (nationally televised) stage on Monday and Tuesday nights of the convention, the phone number offer could be announced again and again, netting many more hundreds of thousands of people to link into the Obama text-messaging network and then receive their instant gratification on Wednesday – the day of the pick. (And, after all, which of those millions doesn’t get a secret thrill out of getting the confirmed news before the Great Mentioners and middlemen of the national media announce it?)
In fact, I can’t think of any really good reason to spill the beans before then. That move would simply suck the oxygen out from Clinton-centric or other “off message” speculation to gain traction or dominate the convention week narrative and would retain a real element of surprise and meaningful theater to the convention itself, upping viewership, and making the eventual choice seem bigger than life: the whole world waiting, together, to find out the news. SOURCE
There is more and I urge you to read the whole post.
Since I continue to hope the choice will be Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer, I have to admit that the likelihood of this being the scenario for his unveiling seems a far stretch. The argument that it would need to be someone who would excite everyone instantly and universally — GORE — is also a stretch. I am perplexed.
The one thing I am not perplexed about is the fact that I feel Schweitzer’s VOICE is badly needed. The convention cannot be a coronation. It needs to be an ADVANCE. And the advance requires conviction to play to all Americans.
We are at a crucial moment with everything tied, and therefore everything in a knot. Even Nate over at 538.com is saying that things have changed.
We may come out of Denver an underdog.
Barack needs to go out like he came in, back in Springfield. A LONG SHOT with a serious vision. It needs to be recovered and fleshed out.
Yes, I know about all the underpinning structure of offices and organizers and so forth. And I know Barack wants us all to relax and be cool.
But I am worried about more than the Republican attack machine. I am worried about five words that a person can use to say why he or she prefers Obama to McCain.
So, whatever happens, I am like the singer in Every Step You Take. I’ll be watching you.
Speaking of Watching You, FOX Has An Inadvertent Moment of Fair and Balanced Input
OBAMA with gloves off GO
NYTIMES VEEP-take GO
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