Based on the buzz today, I’m starting to get the impression we’re not looking at a Romney or Pawlenty running mate pick by John McCain. If reports that the name will be “leaked” at about 6PM ET with “some sort of confirmation at 8PM” are accurate, I think we’re looking at a much more groundbreaking game-changing pick.
Of course, this could just be misdirection to cause consternation among the Obamites ahead of ‘The One’s’ speech. Be warned, though, if it is not, the pick may not neccessarily be one that will make Conservatives happy.
If this roll out is really the game plan, I do not think that the McCain campaign would risk being seen as trying to “steal Obama’s thunder” with a pick that’s going to fall flat or be viewed as ho-hum and routine on the night of his big Messianic speech. If they’re going before the speech, it’s going to be something big.
The campaign was fueling speculation about his running mate, who is to be named at a McCain rally in Ohio tomorrow. A top campaign official says McCain has settled on his vice presidential choice and will notify the person today.
Matt Drudge of The Drudge Report, who has high-level McCain contacts, posted a tease this morning saying: “SOURCE: NAME MAY LEAK AT 6 PM ET… WITH SOME SORT OF CONFIRMATION AT 8 PM.”
Obama is scheduled to speak between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. Eastern before a crowd of about 75,000 at a Denver stadium where the final session of the Democratic National Convention is being staged.
The leak of the McCain ticket mate would cause a news frenzy at at time when the Obama campaign wanted viewers to be focused on Obama’s economic and change messages.
The Politico also reports that McCain is going to be running a response to the Obama speech, in the form of an advertisement featuring the candidate speaking directly into the camera and directly to ‘The One.’ The ad will apparently run in battleground states during commercial breaks directly following the Obamessiah’s speech.
“Sen. McCain is going to have an ad that’s going to air in battleground states around the time that Sen. Obama is speaking tonight,” Hazelbaker said. “He’s going to be talking directly to his opponent. So, I’m going to leave it there. But it’s going be very exciting. I think that a lot of people are going to focus on it.”
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