Strategy ’08

Obama vs. the other guy, 2008

Of the choices left, I hope it’s Biden

I’ll just say this and say it quickly: of Obama’s reputed short-list (and that follows the assumption that the short list that is being reported is actually his short list), I hope he chooses Biden. I’m not going to attack any other possibility, and would add that Tim Kaine did a phenomenal job on Meet The Press today, better than I’ve ever seen him. I will support, donate, and campaign enthusiastically for Barack Obama no matter whom he chooses to be his VP.

But if it comes to the choices we’re told it does, I hope it’s Biden.

Whether we like it or not, the press is going to continue to amplify that Obama has a lack of experience in foreign affairs. Whether we like it or not, many undecided voters (most of whom WANT to vote for a Democrat) are holding back out of concerns over experience. Whether we like it or not, this is an opening the McCain camp is going to find a way to attack effectively, if they haven’t already.

Biden isn’t perfect in many ways, and yes he steps on Obama’s message to a certain degree. But that doesn’t matter anymore. Obama is a black guy named Barack Obama – he IS change, and you could put Robert Byrd on the ticket and it will still be change.

But Joe Biden will slap back McCain every time he attacks on foreign policy, in that way that only Biden knows how. He will eat the entrails of McCain’s VP for lunch at the debate. And he will shut up the pundits from repeating over and over that the Dem ticket doesn’t have foreign policy experience.

Plus, he gets off some zingers, he’s been around a lot but he has a way of seeming authentic, he’s Catholic, and yes, locks up PA for good.

For those reasons, and others, I hope it’s Biden.

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August 17, 2008 - Posted by | foreign policy, Uncategorized, Veepstakes | , ,

13 Comments »

  1. I also hope it’s Biden. I think he’s heads and shoulders above everyone else on the short list. I am hoping that the fact that he was sent to Georgia is a good sign.

    Comment by jenontheshore | August 17, 2008 | Reply

  2. Chalk me up for Biden as well. I think his noun/verb/9-11 comment did a lot to sink Rudy (beyond his general awfulness). I don’t care about how long he’s been in the Senate at this point.

    Comment by turneresq | August 17, 2008 | Reply

  3. I think he literally ended Rudy’s campaign. I really mean it. From that point forward, Rudy couldn’t bring up 9/11 without it being a joke, and it was the entire rationale of his candidacy.

    Comment by dansac | August 17, 2008 | Reply

  4. Biden would make an incredible attack dog. Imagine how angry he could make McCain.

    Comment by silver heron | August 17, 2008 | Reply

  5. Sounds great to me…he adds foreign policy chops too.

    Comment by Maximus | August 18, 2008 | Reply

  6. Obama’s number one weakness is “alleged inexperience”. Let’s eliminate that issue with Biden.

    Biden in action:







    There’s simply no republican VP who could take on Biden.
    He could take foreign policy shots leaving Obama to shut down McCain’s absurd economic platform.

    Obama/Biden ’08

    ps. RIP top man Tim Russert!

    Comment by DelawareDude | August 18, 2008 | Reply

  7. Go for Biden, Obamanites. In case you hadn’t thought of this, people will notice something a little odd when they see Obama-Biden on that first bumper sticker. Obama-Biden? Where have I heard that before? Sounds familiar. Hmmm. Wait, Biden, Biden, BiNLAden, Obama-Bin Laden, Osama Bin Laden. Oh, that’s where I heard that. Just wait until the parody bumper sticker with the same design. Will be a nice little distracting joke while Obama’s making his final push for the presidency. Of course you could go with Obama-Kaine which sounds like what you would get before you get your teeth drilled.

    Comment by ATLCT | August 18, 2008 | Reply

  8. Just so all of you know-it-alls know, I realize names don’t have much to do with success, but can be funny distractions. Obama’s fatal flaw (not #1 weakness) is “alleged” (ha, as if his inexperience is not definitive) “inexperience” and no VP is going to make that not the case. Biden’s experience is largely irrelevant, unless you are banking on Obama not being able to fulfill his obligations. Obama would be commander-in-chief and with that ego, you can bank on the fact that he will not let his vice president determine his policies.

    Comment by ATLCT | August 18, 2008 | Reply

  9. If an Obama/Biden ticket loses simply because people think it sounds too much like Bin Laden, then I say we don’t deserve a good president. Afterwards, when McCain brings our country further into ruin (but higher up on God’s list, thankfully) I for one will welcome our new Chinese overlords and bosses. They’ll fix the social security crisis by lowering the working age to 9, so that more taxpaying workers will be paying into it earlier on, ensuring a nice sum for thirtysomethings like myself.

    Seriously though, Biden was the only candidate in the Dem and GOP primaries with something of substance to say. While everyone was bickering over whether or not we should send ground forces into Pakistan if we were to receive information that Bin Laden was hiding there, it was Biden who pointed out that 1) we already know Bin Laden is hiding in the Pakistan/Afghanistan border and 2) we already have a resolution calling for armed forces to enter Pakistan to get him whenever we want.

    Comment by Howard | August 18, 2008 | Reply

  10. PS – Obama/Kaine sounds a lot like “oh, bomb McCain”, which will only embolden iraqi terrorists to illegally cross the mexican border and nuke us with suitcase size bombs

    Comment by Howard | August 18, 2008 | Reply

  11. Joe Biden!

    Comment by Augustine Serafini | August 19, 2008 | Reply

  12. The ticket may very well be Obama Biden. I sure hope so.
    http://www.obamabiden08.org has a great discussion on the Obama Biden team!

    Comment by embryonic | August 19, 2008 | Reply

  13. I agree that it should be Biden, though because of Biden’s ability to verbally thrash conservatives I thought Obama should have named him a month ago: http://jmcpherson.wordpress.com/2008/06/20/the-dems-best-vp-choice-and-when-obama-should-name-him/.

    Comment by James McPherson | August 19, 2008 | Reply


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