Maybe Politicians Aren't As Dumb As They Look
From the "future is now" category:
The Schwarzenegger administration is the first California gubernatorial administration to adopt the BlackBerry on a wholesale scale. 80 people on Ah-nold's team carry BlackBerrys wherever they go, including assistant press secretary Julie "Thumbs" Soderlund.
The interesting thing is the reason why the Blackberrys are so useful--they allow the administration to gather, broadcase, and respond to events in real-time--given the Governator a critical edge in speed. The example in the article shows Team Schwarzenegger instantly responding to an assertion by the Democratic Assembly leader in near real-time, allowing them to get their sound bite into the same evening news segment.
It's not about the technology, it's about speed.