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Saturday, August 23, 2008


Okay, first the news:
Obama taps Biden to be running mate
By Liz Sidoti and Nedra Pickler, Associated Press Writers

Washington (AP) - Barack Obama named Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware as his vice presidential running mate early Saturday, balancing his ticket with a seasoned congressional veteran well-versed in foreign policy and defense issues.

Obama announced the pick on his Web site with a photo of the two men and an appeal for donations. A text message went out shortly afterward that said, "Barack has chosen Senator Joe Biden to be our VP nominee."

Biden, 65, has twice sought the White House, and is a Catholic with blue-collar roots, a generally liberal voting record and a reputation as a long-winded orator.(link)

Now, here's my reaction:

1) Biden is a pompous loose cannon who loves to hear himself talk. And talk he will.

2) He's always the smartest person in the room; just ask him. If you don't ask him, he'll tell you anyway. Not that he cares if you're not listening. You don't exist anyway. A classic from the man who will reluctantly settle for Veep, since emperor is temporarily out of the question:

"I think I have a much higher I.Q. than you do.''

3) He's the most annoying kind of egotist. He's a Washington politician egotist.

4) Anyone who has come near him walks away thinking he's a big-time asshole.

5) He does provide the necessary foreign policy experience (and adult thought process) to the ticket.

6) Hair transplants are going to make a comeback.

7) Obama should have done the deal with the devil and picked Hillary. Biden will do nothing to mend the frayed relations between The Chosen One's followers and the feminists. Watch for some really catty reactions from that wing of the party. In addition, Bill Clinton could have secured for the ticket a chunk of the electorate - the Bubba factor - that Obama will now have no chance of winning over. An Obama/Clinton ticket would have been formidable. How many Clinton supporters will do that which they've been threatening to do - jump ship and vote for McCain?

The bottom line: Biden won't move the needle at all. Nor will he bring in any votes that weren't Obama's already. And was Delaware in jeopardy of going red? Hardly. So choosing Biden in order to influence the voters of his state won't be a factor.

Besides, it's not like Obama would ever have to actually talk to Hillary if he gets elected. FDR could go for weeks without communicating with Harry Truman. Lincoln hardly even knew Andrew Johnson. And don't even ask John Adams what he thought of his vice president.

8) We can expect YouTube to get a real workout. Joe Biden has stuck his foot in his mouth on many occasions over the years and we can expect to be entertained by the videos of his many gaffes for weeks to come. (Wasn't it Biden who was impressed by the fact that Obama was "clean"? And that's unusual for a negro, was the only way his odd choice of words could have been taken.)

9) The already demoralized nutroots are going to be even more demoralized by this pick. Biden represents the status quo in Washington, hardly what the slash-and-burn wing of the Democratic Party wants.

Overall, an opportunity lost. Nothing gained.