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.