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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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