Heck, I sort of do. The Obama campaign was able to gain the cel phone numbers of millions of constituents on the promised that they’d be first to know who his VP pick was, but tonite CNN sent a text message of its own saying they’ve confirmed that Sen. Joe Biden will be Obama’s #2.
On the bright side for Obama, not needing to send a text message out could save his campaign tens of thousands of dollars. While I’m making an estimated guess as to how many people signed up to receive the text messages, if it cost Obama a nickel per person to send the message (a conservative amount, according to Tech Crunch), the total for this single blast would be $50,000.
Not surprising, though – considering all the prep that would need to be done ahead of announcing a VP choice (ie, dispatching a Secret Service detail) – it was inevitable that a news outlet would scoop the campaign’s text announcement.
That said, nearly 20 minutes after CNN has confirmed this, the Obama campaign has yet to “click send” on that text message. Did someone fall asleep at their computer?