Obama – Biden ‘08

Craig Crawford from CQ Politics posted his take on the Joe Biden selection. First of all, Biden was on my shortlist of hopefuls. I love how he speaks his mind and his quick sense of humor. I don’t mind the loquaciousness and I can overlook the occasional diarrhea of the mouth. He is a bulldog and provides Barack Obama with the perfect 1-2 punch.

Biden still has my favorite quote of this campaign: “Rudy Giuliani. There’s only three things he mentions in a sentence — a noun, a verb, and 9/11. There’s nothing else! There’s nothing else! And I mean this sincerely. He’s genuinely not qualified to be president.”

I am looking forward to what Biden will have to say about John McCain. I also think that Biden will destroy most of McCain’s potential running mates in a debate. I would love to see a Biden – Lieberman debate.

Biden also brings amazing foreign policy experience to the ticket.

I’ll let Crawford step in here. (Link to Craig Crawford’s column)

Obama-Biden works on several fronts, A longtime sentimental favorite among the Democratic faithful, Delaware Sen. Joe Biden provides a comfort zone for labor leaders, Catholics (he is one) and national-security voters. Although Biden’s poor fundraising skills doomed his presidential campaigns, he performs extremely well in debates and demonstrated considerable skill at shifting from the arcane language of the Senate chamber to the street language of the campaign trail.

The McCain Response? In choosing Biden, a seasoned veteran and accomplished debater, Barack Obama ups the ante for John McCain to pick a Republican running mate who brings comparable stature to the stage. This would seem to diminish the chances for newbies like Minnesota Gov Tim Pawlenty and boost the odds for Mitt Romney, a former governor and private business leader who has been to the rodeo a few times.

Clinton Fallout. Now that Hillary Rodham Clinton is officially out of contention for the VP slot, her supporters must again sort through the stages of grief and weigh the option of falling in line behind Obama, voting for McCain, or staying home. Biden might actually be able to help Obama reel in those Clinton voters. He has a long track record that is well known to Clinton’s over-45 crowd. If Biden aims his persuasive talents at the lunch-bucked Democrats, older women and others who backed Clinton, he could keep many in the party’s column on Election Day.


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