With speculation running rampant, a flurry of editing activity on a contender’s Wikipedia page could be a precursor that he or she is going to be GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s running mate in the 2012 presidential election at least according to one theory.
Tech President explains that in 2008, Sarah Palin’s Wikipedia bio “was updated at least 68 times the day before John McCain announced her selection, with another 54 changes made in the five previous days previous.” There was also a “burst of last-minute editing” on Joe Biden’s page.
Those on the so-called short list for the Republican ticket with the former Massachusetts governor and businessman are believed to include Sen. Marco Rubio, Rep. Paul Ryan, and several others. According to the CNN story on Wikipedia clues for the vice presidential selection, both of their Wikipedia entries saw a spike in editing activity this week along with Ohio Sen. Rob Portman’s page.
Regardless of any Wikipedia VP clues, if the past is any indication, the mainstream or elite media will immediately begin trashing the GOP running mate when named, whoever he or she turns out to be. The mainstream media tends to run with any negative info or “opposition research” put out by the Democrats as if it is a legitimate news story.
In the alternative, CNN points out that Mitt Romney’s team may have wised up about Wikipedia editing: “It is also possible that the Romney campaign has learned from the past coverage of Wikipedia edits and will only make changes gradually leading up to an official announcement.”
The Romney campaign plans to announce the vice presidential running mate via a mobile application called “Mitt’s App.”
One thing we can be assured of: The GOP vice presidential nominee will not be Brian Williams of NBC.
Do you think that Wikipedia activity can provide advance notice of Mitt Romney’s VP running mate?