Sometimes the latest technology is just … late.
For those who were chomping at the bit to learn who presidential candidate Mitt Romney would tap for his running mate, the former Massachusetts governor’s campaign released a special VP app, which it touted as a first-alert system.
“There’s no telling when Mitt will choose his VP. But when he does, be the first to find out with Mitt’s VP app,” a message on the campaign’s website read.
But in what has been described as a major fail, the media reported that Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan was the choice hours before Romney’s official 9 a.m. announcement Saturday.
The app was skewered on Twitter for its tardiness:
If Romney thought no one would leak that the pick is Ryan, he’s as silly as the folks who are staring at the Mitt’s VP iPhone app right now.
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) August 11, 2012
— R Wood (@rlwood1) August 11, 2012
romney chooses VP via smartphone app. apparently ryan accepted as he changed his facebook status to ‘mitts complicated’
— Dolph Ziggler (@HEELZiggler) August 11, 2012
7:11 am – Romney app confirms it’s Paul Ryan for VP. So can I delete that useless app now?
— Jessica Taylor (@JessicaTaylor) August 11, 2012
But for Ryan fans disappointed that his ticket debut didn’t go as planned, perhaps they can take comfort in knowing that he is making a comeback on Tumblr. Hey Girl, It’s Paul Ryan, a meme pasting pickup lines over alluring pictures of the congressman, reemerged from its months-long hibernation to mark the occasion.
A photo of Ryan and Romney together noted the candidates’ lustrous heads of hair: “Hey girl, This ticket may have some incredible hair, But your ticket is still to my heart.”
Another played up Ryan’s passion for the federal budget: “Hey girl, “That figure? I know you built that.”
Perhaps the Romney camp shouldn’t’ feel too bad over its app woes, as even the tech-savvy 2008 Obama campaign fell victim to its own VP announcement fail.
In August 2008, then-presidential candidate Barack Obama planned to unveil his VP pick via a text message. But the choice of then-Sen. Joe Biden was uncovered by the media two hours before the mass text went out.