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August 22nd, 2008
09:11 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Embracing the wait

Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. waves as he arrives at a restaurant for dinner tonight.

Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. waves as he arrives at a restaurant for dinner tonight.

Cate Vojdik
AC360° Writer

Have we mentioned how much we love mapping out and writing two versions of 360 instead of one? Really, it’s fine. We love cliffhangers.

Yep, we’re on veep watch again tonight. We’re told Barack Obama will send his historic text message announcing his running-mate any time now. But will it be minutes from now? Hours? The news business is fluid and unpredictable by definition. That’s why news producers love contingency plans. (We’re not kidding about the two versions of tonight’s 360.)

No text message yet, but there are all kinds of rumors flying around. The best political team on television is standing by to weigh in when we finally get word. If we get the news by airtime (or during the program) we’ll have in-depth coverage of Obama’s pick. We’ll tell you everything you should know about his running-mate - from the pluses he or she brings to the ticket to any downsides. We’ll also tell you who’s feeling sour grapes over not being chosen.

We’ll also look at what Obama’s choice means for John McCain’s strategy. You can bet your copy of “Waiting for Godot” that McCain and his people will go into overdrive as soon as they know who’s sharing Obama’s ticket.

Then there’s Plan B. If we don’t get the text, we’ll focus on what’s taking so long and what the tea leaves were saying today. We’ll also look ahead to next week’s Democratic National Convention in Denver. It’s expected to be the most dramatic piece of political theatre we’ve seen in a long time. We’ll explain why.

Lots of suspense tonight. It’s called hurry up… and wait.

See you at 10 PM eastern.


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  1. Victor M

    Convention coverage? You guys expect the viewer to attempt to listen to what the newscasters are saying when the background music is louder than anything else. Really?

    August 24, 2008 at 11:53 pm |
  2. Dan

    To Clinton supporters - If Obama consulted Hillary about who he should pick as a running mate, McCain would have jumped all over that saying Obama couldn't select a VP on his own as a way to show he's not ready to make decisions on his own. If you vote for McCain it would be a slap in the face to Hillary and the Democratic agenda she's fighting for.

    August 24, 2008 at 8:17 pm |
  3. Ltoutsider

    Sen. Joe Biden is another cog in the broken wheel of DC and one of the long-term insider without a vision for the country. A- "35 years" , parasite and stooge of broken government. I truly thought, Mr. Obama was seeking someone from the Outside & without baggage to cleanse the system and bring CHANGE. What heck of deal with a bucket of crap from the democrats again ? If you gonna pitch Biden & Obama ticket as "Country's Reformers- yikes! Cheers to the other camp!

    August 23, 2008 at 10:25 pm |
  4. Mrs. Y

    Mr. Obama failed to deliver this “text message” promise, i.e. “you will be one of the first million or so people to know who Mr. Obama picks as his running mate.” Well, the whole world got the news from CNN first, not from Mr. Obama’s text message.

    This “text message” hype shows that in delaying the VP pick announcement, Mr. Obama’s camp is shamefully greedy in trying to collect as many phone numbers and email addresses as they can until the last second, and ultimately failed to deliver what they were trying to sell.

    August 23, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  5. bigmikecrafrt

    As a registered Democrat and a member of the DCCC, it is time I spoke up. These two men, although fine men ,actually loose nothing in this race. The Senate has not demanded the resignation of Presidential candidates when they are running for another office. All these candidates will loose nothing if not elected. Although I support my party, all these candidates should be made to resign their posts. The constitution states that a member of the Congress shall have no other job! Well, Running for office and raising and spending money is another job. When the Nominations are final, they should all be required to resign. The American people are being cheated, and not getting the proper representation from any of them. These people got elected to represent their states and people not to run for another office. The Problems in this nation evolve from the lax attitude of Congress. Wake up People of both parties. The only thing that makes Obama more attractive is the fact that he has not been corrupted for as long as the rest. Grow up! Sincerely bigmikecraft

    August 23, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  6. JT

    Obama is just good in gimmick!

    Change is just a gimmick!

    New kind of politics is just a gimmick!

    Obama is a gimmick!

    Obama is just big show!

    August 23, 2008 at 1:31 pm |
  7. william koch

    Since Obama doesn't have foregn relations experence, the Democrats say he made a wise choice picking Joe Biden. After all they say George Bush didn't have experience either when he chose Cheny as his running make. Soooo, Where did that get us???

    August 23, 2008 at 12:00 pm |
  8. Larry

    I guess Joe change his mind about obama not being ready to be potus:)

    August 23, 2008 at 11:53 am |
  9. minoise pierre

    i think everyone needs to leave obama alone i myself thinks that he can make a change and that we defintely need. i understand mcain has experience and fought in the war so does that mean if you didnt fight in the war that means you have know experience your not qualified to run for president i am a young woman and the fact that he is getting all these young voters to vote is an a plus

    August 23, 2008 at 11:15 am |
  10. uday

    Mcains comment on Biden being the harshest critic of Obama is the best endorsement for Obama and his choice. Barack seems to be a lucky guy as his opponents seem to always say something that actually is a compliment that helps him overcomehis apparent disadvantages. He is thus able to reposition himself . He seems use his patience to his advantage by just waiting till the opponents make "their gaffe" or blow their cool.Finally experience is hardly the need in this very complex & diverse world where every crisis in this modern world seems to have no link to the past with no similar example in History. Any future president thus needs good advisors, and then his good unbiased judgement to make the final decision. We have seen that "extensive experience in politics"; usually results in "dogmatic and rigid views controlled by special interest or religion"

    August 23, 2008 at 8:31 am |
  11. Maria in LA

    Biden???!! Obama continues to show his ignorance as to what is better for this country (HILLARY!) rather than what he thinks is better for himself. Wasn't Biden the pompous guy who "fudged" on his resume a while back? I KNOW HE WAS THE BIG-MOUTHED BRUTE THAT WAS VERY HARSH WITH ANITA HILL DURING THAT HORRIBLE JUDGE THOMAS AFFAIR. As a life-long Democrat, I will be voting for McCain this Fall.

    August 23, 2008 at 7:53 am |
  12. WomanRites

    Can Anybody Explain to me WHY Barack Obama choose to pick Senator Biden instead of Senator Clinton.? I think Its Sexiest and the beginning of the good old boy network. Senator Biden Brings nothing to the table that senator Clinton doesn't have and she have 18 million votes behind her......SHAME.....I guess I won't vote this elections. ... What a Slap in the face!!

    August 23, 2008 at 7:23 am |
  13. daniel vilca

    Finally mr obama pick his vp, you see vp is the most important menber of a cabinet and they have to be ready to lead the country in case the president cant…funny thing about that…Some thought Biden a possible running mate for presidential candidate John Kerry back on 2004, but Biden urged Kerry to select Republican Senator John McCain instead!!. so mr obama dosent just have a vp who thinks he is not ready but that thinks mccain would be a good president!! jajajjajja
    mr obama…no words…
    DELEGATES! SUPERDELEGATES! THIS IS YOUR TIME UNDO YOUR MISTAKE ON THE CONVENTION VOTE FOR HILLARY, THE POLLS ARE TALKING!

    August 23, 2008 at 5:25 am |
  14. Rebecca

    Great Job John!
    For thirty years, our family has faithfully voted as Democrats. Seconds upon learning of Mr. Obama’s selection for vice president, and his decision to not ask Sen. Clinton to runs as his VP, we registered online as independents and will support John McCain for President of the United States. How is that for CHANGE?

    August 23, 2008 at 2:39 am |
  15. jim bradford

    Ok! Biden may be the next V.P. choice for the Democrates, the question I have now is what happens to the balance of power to the Senate if Obama and Biden get elected? Will the power swing back to the Republicans? And for a white male blue collar worker I will be swinging over to the republicans now. I voted for Clinton. l wonder if McCain would add Hillary to his ticket., Boy would that be something.

    August 23, 2008 at 2:06 am |
  16. Rebecca

    For thirty years, our family has faithfully voted as Democrats. Seconds upon learning of Mr. Obama’s selection for vice president, and his decision to not ask Sen. Clinton to runs as his VP, we registered online as independents and will support John McCain for President of the United States. How is that for CHANGE?

    August 23, 2008 at 2:02 am |
  17. Lou

    Not surprising. More evidence of Obama's heart-felt (but well hidden) extreme liberal idealogy. Biden is an extreme liberal. Full of venom and elitest attitude. They have one major opinion in common..."they love america!" Only problem is that they love the america they would like to create, not the america we love, as is. They love the socialist version of america......the one they want to "change" us into.

    August 23, 2008 at 1:52 am |
  18. lampe

    Obama, just made the biggest mistake of his short political life. Obama\Biden = McCain\ Whoever in The White House.

    August 23, 2008 at 1:50 am |
  19. sherry

    i just heard its biden obama must be crazy for picking an old man who is out of touch and not well like .......obama has lost his marbles...he just lost the prez. for the white house in my book...he would have won with hillary........boy talking about a dumb move he just did

    August 23, 2008 at 1:29 am |
  20. GR

    Obama's choice of Biden for VP is a sign than Obama has moved to the right f center. He no longer is the heroic voice of change.

    August 23, 2008 at 1:16 am |
  21. Justin

    I'm sorry, but I've never seen such pathetic idol worship from the news media my entire life. I mean, what I'm seeing makes Keith Olbermann look like a conservative. When has a V.P. nomination taken on this much attention? I mean, this is pathetic. Sen. Obama has no significant experience. He has no legacy. He has no major legislative accomplishments to speak of. Yet, I sit here watching CNN as they anxiously await for Obama to release them from their week long anguish regarding his V.P. nominee. Are you kidding me? This is not 9/11. This is not the Oklahoma City bombing. Yet, I watch, as CNN shames itself by demonstrating its unmistakeable bias in support of the Democratic nominee. Will CNN provide this much uninterrupted,enthusiastic coverage of John McCain's VP? Certainly not. I am not an old man. I am not a young man. I am a middle aged American who prides himself on thinking for himself. As Mr. Obama goes to bed tonight thinking about how he has everyone wrapped around his little fingers, hanging on to his every word, I take pride in my ability to think for myself. Yet, let me ask an honest question. If you were the Assistant Operations Manager of a business and you were bypassed by the mail clerk, how would you feel? This is what we are dealing with. We have a man who has done next to nothing for our country in comparison to John McCain. We are dealing with a third rate amateur. Yet, I sit here sadly as I think of those suckers who believe that this man (Obama), with next to no experience, will change the world. I sit here sadly as I think about those people who go to the voting booth in November pulling the lever for the mail clerk. I sit here sadly thinking about what will happen when catastrophe strikes our country and we have no resolute, decisive person to turn to.

    August 23, 2008 at 12:54 am |
  22. Megan

    Obama chose Biden, huh?
    Interesting. I have no idea who that guy is.

    August 23, 2008 at 12:51 am |
  23. michael c

    BIDEN! SO MUCH FOR CHANGE

    August 23, 2008 at 12:45 am |
  24. Ali

    He's going to pick Biden i guarntee it Bayh and kaine both said there not going to be Vp if its not Biden then its that snake HILLARY and BILL Clinton if Hillary is on the ticket im Voting for MCCain

    August 23, 2008 at 12:40 am |
  25. cathy zab

    Barack Obama is losing his momentum and soon he will lose the election if he does not put Hillary on the VP ticket. His chances of winning the election an making history is quickly fading away. Alot of Hillary's supporters will stay home in the fall if she is not on the ticket, I'm one of them. I guess John McCain will be our next president, 4 more years of Bush administration and 100 years in Iraq. Is this what you really want Obama? Our country deserves better than that, think about it.

    August 23, 2008 at 12:22 am |
  26. MELVYN N RILEY

    CNN now that you have gone to AFRICA to find George Obama, when should we expect to see Cindy McCain's half sisters? Especially since she stated she does not have any half sisters.

    August 23, 2008 at 12:06 am |
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