The TV was on, and Craig Ferguson was just starting. In fact, announcer Shadoe Stevens had just introduced Ferguson, and the screen was interrupted by a CBS news bulletin. Was Obama going to pick Ferguson for his vice president? That would be almost as good as this (but not quite).
No, CBS was calling it for Biden. That's all they really had to say, and then they were back to regular programming. Looking around the Web at this point, CNN also claims to have sources going with Biden. MSNBC didn't have it when I started writing this post, but they've got it now. ABC doesn't have it yet, but they are reporting that Secret Service agents have been sent to Biden's house, which is the next best thing. I don't know (obviously) how many people know the secret at Obama HQ, but they've done quite a good job of keeping the news under their hats. It's not entirely realistic if they're planning to keep the news hidden until almost before the announced appearance in Springfield tomorrow. The VP candidates are being watched closely, and certain logistical realities need to be observed. Unless the campaign is intending to move a number of the candidates around for the purpose of creating red herrings, it shouldn't be too hard for them to figure out who appears to be going to Springfield.
Biden has his strengths, and one of the most appealing is his tendency to fight back and take the battle to the McCain camp. There are people Obama could've chosen to have made me happier, but he certainly could do worse than Biden. I guess we'll find out for sure when that text message goes out (just to be ornery, I hope that's sometime around 3:20 this morning).