“I still haven’t gotten my text message.” That’s what my dejected wife said as she left the house this morning, in reference to Barack Obama’s vice presidential pick. And I get her angst – we’re both political junkies – but I’m incredibly refreshed by our collective ignorance.
Drudge doesn’t have it. Neither does the NY Times, WSJ, Politico, Kos, RedState, TechCrunch or Perez Hilton. Ditto for cable news, talk radio, news radio or anyone on Twitter. It’s an information vortex, in an age or spoilers. When’s the last time that happened?
Obama’s pick isn’t a time-sensitive piece of information like voting results, sports scores or court verdicts, where we can’t get answers because they don’t exist yet. Instead, it’s a case where the small circle has remained closed, and the thousands of citizen and professional journalists have been unable to infiltrate.
I’m not saying that I wouldn’t love to break the story – were it my beat – but just that it all harkens back to a simpler time when I didn’t know who won the West Coast game until the following morning, or that day’s big events until the Nightly News. I know those days are gone, but the past few hours have provided some nice nostalgia. Don’t worry, it will probably be over by the time you read this.