So Biden’s Our Boy

Has anyone else been more than a little distracted by the Olympics? They’re like the crack-lympics. I couldn’t stop watching. Glad they’re over though; time to get back to biz just in time for the Convention!

And we’re starting this week with a bang wrapped in an explosion topped with a Holy Cow!

Obama picked Biden. I think it’s a great choice – even if I’ll never be able to stop staring at his hair plugs in each speech and every debate. When his name emerged as a VP candidate in June, I was a bit surprised. He tends to be a bit liberal in the loquaciousness department. While I appreciate his lack of apology in what is clearly a verbal brazenness for a Washington insider, the Republican Death Squad is always waiting (and wading) in the muck and the mire, holding their breath and making deals with the devil and hoping a Big D Team member suddenly has a combination of brain-fart/foot-in-mouth disease (Kerry: I was before the war before I was against it.). As a VP candidate, however, the potential damage Biden’s lack of discipline can wreak is fairly limited.

In fact, the benefits he brings to the ticket far outweigh the risks – largely due to his verbal courageousness. Obama is in desperate need of an effective tool to combat McCain’s attacks and Biden is the perfect weapon. He rivals McCain in experience and cannot be intimidated by the scare tactics of the Republicans. Biden regularly speaks his mind and has clearly enjoyed favorable public opinion – and votes – as a result. It’s time someone effectively shut-down McCain’s ability to waive his POW experience in front of voters faces to trick them into thinking he has good judgment (word to Wes Clark). He did a pretty good job on Saturday when he said, “We need more than a good soldier, we need a wise leader.” I think the media pundits keep saying that this tactic won’t work and has a high backfire potential, but Democrats need to give voters more benefit of the doubt – this applies not just to McCain’s judgment, but offshore drilling and religion. Grow some testicles, for real. Hillary can’t have a monopoly on liberal balls.

Biden has always been a bit of a media whore, but he has a good resume and can relate to the every-day voter in a way Obama has been unable to do. And when you take into consideration his competition, Evan “blah” Bayh and Tim “who?” Kaine, it was a great decision from all angles. If this was the first test of Obama’s presidential decision-making capabilities (and I don’t think it is), he did a good job.

Ugh, I’m watching CNN and they’re broadcasting from the Democratic Convention arena – there’s a cover band rehearsing the Pointer Sisters’ “I’m So Excited” and it’s painful to hear, to say the least. I wish these Convention planners would realize that old school, campy, feel-good songs are just annoying. The song sucks and has sucked every single New Years it has even been played. Get some originality. Remember, the Democratic Party is supposed to be the party of CHANGE this year. Jeez, it’s like amateur night or something.


6 Responses to “So Biden’s Our Boy”

  1. 1 Rob
    August 25, 2008 at 9:47 am

    Picking Biden shocked me a bit too. Maybe he’s reaching for the large mass of undecideds. Honestly, Biden was one of the 2 or 3 at the Dem debates that I enjoyed hearing his points, so I think he’s got the right pick for pulling in undecided voters. How the hell, though, does his VP selection apparently “pull them dead even” as CNN says?

    Bullshit, someone needs a new poll, because that one smells funny to me. If anything, it should put Obama in the driver’s seat for the rest of the election build-up.

  2. 2 Marc
    August 25, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    kudos for using “media whore.”

  3. 3 Kevin
    August 25, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    I actually think it’s a good pick as it will help counter some of Dukakis’ weaknesses, and hopefully the campaigning by Corey Haim and Feldman will bring out the youth vote. Wait, it’s not 1988?

    I think Obama doesn’t see himself as being in a position of strength right now, as I doubt Mr. Candidate of Change would have picked such an establishment guy if he was up by double digits like he was supposed to be. Maybe he thinks Biden will ease concerns about his inexperience, but it also makes it look like he needs his own “old guy” to make up for his lack of accomplishments.

    And the evil slimy Republicans aren’t having to dig too deep for Biden’s recent statements about Obama’s unreadiness for the presidency, his being “clean and articulate,” and praising McCain’s abilities. As far as his alleged popularity, he’s seemingly run or talked of running in almost every election the last twenty years despite continuing popular apathy. I had already forgotten he had tried to give it one last shot this year as well.

  4. August 25, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    rob – i would suspect all polls. their samples are iffy at best and the cross-tabulations are overly formulaic, so i definitely take them with a huge grain of salt. major.

    marc – thanks, i try to use the word “whore” as absolutely much as possible when blogging.

    kev – i agree. if obama was enjoying a really comfortable lead, i doubt he would have chosen another senator who has been in the senate over 30 years.

  5. 5 Wasaff
    August 25, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    How do they do those polls anyways…land lines??? who the hell has those things anymore… OLD PEOPLE that’s who, and who the hell are all those old mofos gonna vote for, not Hussein thats who… effin geriatric need-to-be-put-down sumbitches. “I’m all jacked up on Mountain Dew” – Texas Ranger Bobby

  6. August 25, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    mike – holy shit, that is the funniest comment ever. beer almost came out my nose. i echo your sentiments wholeheartedly. except for the mountain dew part. that shit makes me crazy.

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