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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Official -- It's Biden

In what will be called the "midnight announcement", the official Barack Obama website makes it official. His running mate will be Senator Joseph Biden of Delaware.


- Foreign policy experience. Senator Joe Biden owes President Saakishvili a fruit basket, though.

- Roman Catholic. Democrats cannot win without that demographic, though how much of a help that is directly, is to be seen.

- "Working class". Well, as working-class as a 6th term Washington Senator can be.

- Solid family man, once widowered under tragic circumstances. His wife, Jill, is an educator.

- Son, Joseph "Beau" Biden III, in the Delaware National Guard JAG Corps, and Attorney-General of the State.

- Pugnacious debater.

- They have good chemistry together. Like many others, I've observed them in the past.


- Establishment figure.

- Twice ran unsuccessfully for President, as recently as January 2008.

- He voted for the war in Iraq. He then didn't back the Surge, choosing a tepid "third way".

- The Pumas will still be livid it's not Hillary.

- As much as a Gaffe-O-Matic as Obama, if not more.

- Has been accused of plagiarism in the past.

- His father might've been a car salesman, and he might be from scrappy Scranton, Pa. but he doesn't give off any working-class vibes.

- Doesn't help Obama regionally.

- Glib. Once said of Rudolph Giuliani: "There's only three things he mentions in a sentence: a noun, and a verb and 9/11."

May appeal to:

- Male voters; Catholics; Lunchbucket or Reagan Democrats; Baby Boomers.

Possbly will not appeal to:

- Recreational Drug Users (was the Senator behind the RAVE Act, and instrumental force behind the "Drug Czar" position); the Youth Vote; Southerners.

Toss up:

Some women (however, is a strong advocate against domestic violence); Jewish voters (is pro-Israeli); the military.


There are 6 letters in Joseph. And 6 in Barack. There are equally 5 letters in Biden. And 5 in Obama.

The strongest possible running-mate, no matter what the extreme Left-wing of the Party say, is still Hillary Clinton. That choice was not possible, for a myriad of reasons, so Senator Obama went with the second-strongest candidate.

I happen to think it's a good choice, even a canny one, but for a candidate as singular to the process as Obama has been, there are very few enthusiasm points generated with this pick.

Biden is vanilla to Obama's 31 Flavours.

Will their ticket still have "Change we can believe in" as the slogan? Or will they have to alter it to "Keep the change"?


A Quick Education On Joe Biden

Joe Biden -- Not Hollywood's Pick?

Gaffe-O-Matic (With Video)

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