Saturday, August 23, 2008


Biden This Time

The Delaware senator is Obama's veep say CNN and Fox.

Give Vladimir Putin an assist on this one. The Russia-Georgia conflict once again put foreign policy front and center. McCain took advantage of it. Biden's helps Obama on the international experience part of the portfolio.

One potential downside: Once again, it's two senators running on the Democratic ticket. There's no one with executive experience. That gives McCain an opening to go with either Mitt Romney or Tim Pawlenty.

UPDATE: There are all sorts of cases for and against Joe Biden as VP. Andrew Sullivan has several. Here's what endeared me to Joe Biden in a very narrow sense: He delivered the line of the primary season when he assessed Rudy Giuliani thusly:
"Rudy Giuliani... I mean, think about it! Rudy Giuliani. There's only three things he mentions in a sentence -- a noun, a verb, and 9/11. There's nothing else!"
Ideology and partisanship aside, this appealed to me as a part-time stand-up comic. Expertly and succinctly delivered. Well-played, Sen. Biden, well-played. The fact that the target of his sarcasm happened to be my least favorite candidate in the GOP field was just icing on the cake. (The link above also contains footage of reporters asking Biden about the statement later. His body language is as equally hilariously dismissive of Rudy.)

That should also be a lesson for the McCain campaign: Be more judicious on the P.O.W. references.

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