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Biden is Obama's pick for vice president slot

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U.S. Sen. Joseph Biden has been chosen to be Sen. Barack Obama's vice presidential running mate. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images for Meet the Press

-Click here to see photos of Sen. Biden through the years

A Democratic official tells the Associated Press that long-time Delaware Senator Joe Biden will be Sen. Barack Obama's vice presidential running mate, to be formally announced Saturday.

The AP story reads: "The official who spoke did so on condition of anonymity, preferring not to pre-empt a text-message announcement the Obama campaign promised for Saturday morning."

Didn't want to pre-empt the text message? Uh, kindof late for that....

The decision is being read as a nod to experience to balance Obama's youthfulness, as well as a sign that Obama is taking seriously his stated desire to have a partner who will stand up to him when necessary and argue the other side (Biden is anything but shy).

Unanswered are how Biden's at-times biting criticism earlier in the primary of Obama's inexperience will influence the electorate when played ad nauseum in sure-to-come McCain ads.

And whether Biden's at-times off-the-cuff speaking style will provide any fodder for the GOP.

We're not just talking about his famous, boneheaded plagiarism scandal that derailed his first run for the presidency in 1988.

Remember, Biden's the one who last February said of Obama, "I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy".

Biden later tried to explain away that remark by saying he got it from his mom, who he said "has an expression: clean as a whistle, sharp as a tack".

In related news, somebody at the Washington Post must've been asleep at the switch. They put the news up about Obama picking Biden at 1:30 a.m. EST, 30 minutes after everyone else that matters (CNN, MSNBC, New York Times, etc.) had it.

As for ABC News, which had a nice scoop earlier tonight about the Secret Service being sent to Biden's home in Delaware, their homepage still hasn't been updated as of 1:37 a.m.; it still has 'speculation' for what's already been confirmed....

Oh, and as for Barack Obama's website--somebody better tell them to take that splash sign-up screen down, as of 2:18 a.m. EST it's still promising that you'll be first to know.

-Click here to see photos of Sen. Biden through the years

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