August 23, 2008

The August Of Living Dangerously

So Obama has decided to tap Joe Biden for his "Veep" nominee.

Well, now.

Personally, I was quite worried that he would pick one of those young, up-and-coming Midwestern Moderate types, somebody to play toward the Middle.

Instead, he has decided to go with another hard-core liberal blowhard, and especially one with a rap-sheet of gaffs, goofs and sneers chock-a-block with ammo for the other side to splash all over its campaign ads.

Oh, and in the meantime, Obama has also managed to publicly humiliate She Who Must Not Be Named by reportedly not even "vetting" her for the possibility of getting the nod herself.

Well I'll say this for him: He certainly seems to enjoy playing without a net.

(BTW, I'd be interested to hear what my fellow Llamas think of the whole business. Hint! Hint!)

Posted by Robert at August 23, 2008 01:08 PM | TrackBack

I find Joe Biden to be arrogant and condescending.

My enduring memories are of Biden berating a Republican administration officials during Senate hearings, from the '80s to the present.

At Clarence Thomas' Supreme Court nomination hearings, Biden held the gavel up and pledged a fair hearing, we all know how that went, (aside from the Anita Hill business, what was less noticed was a draft of an appellate opinion Judge Thomas was working that Biden's office leaked).

This eventing NBC played a clip of Biden pontificating to an administration official closing with "Don't listen to Rumsfeld, he doesn't know what the hell he is doing". Really, is that so, Joe? And you know better?

As for his heavyweight foreign policy whatevers, he opposed the Surge, and he pushed for a partition strategy for Iraq, (Kurds to the North, Sunnis in the middle and the Shia in the South) that the Iraqis didn't want, but what would they know, it's their county.

The McCain camp could put together a YouTube of Biden going off in Senate hearings and end it with "Is this what you want a heartbeat from the Presidency"?

The gloves are coming off...One thing is for sure, the next eight weeks are a political junkie's dream come true...

Posted by: kmr at August 23, 2008 06:34 PM

I think Biden was a bad pick. If he needed a foreign policy guy, he could have taken Bayh for a lot less baggage, and possibly put Indiana's 11 electoral votes in play, or, alternatively, put Bill Richardson on on the ticket, guaranteed New Mexico, and strengthened his chances with Hispanic voters in the SW. If he wanted an East Coast Liberal, he could have put Hillary on the ticket and unified his party. All of these were better plays. Biden comes across as thin-skinned and arrogant; it will be interesting to see who McCain puts against him in the debates. I think Romney or Giuliani are both skilled debaters who could beat him in debate head to head. Obama's choice of Biden does nothing to exploit his chances in the South, the Midwest, or the tensions McCain has with Evangelicals; McCain need not worry about putting Romney on the ballot because Evangelical voters have nowhere else to go. A moderate like Bayh or Richardson would have served Obama better.

All in all, the Democrats overplayed their hand -- they went with their hearts instead of their heads. The ticket should have been Clinton-Obama; by putting the less experienced Obama as the top of the ticket, they now have to waste their VP pick playing defense. McCain now can go on offense with his -- Romney to shore up the west and go after Michigan, Pawlenty to put Minnesota in play, Sarah Palin or Kay Bailey Hutchison to go after women, etc.

Obama is giving McCain an opening. To me, it looks like he's making mistakes that will cost him the election.

Posted by: The Abbot at August 23, 2008 09:03 PM

Clown shoes. Big, floppy clown shoes.

Posted by: mojo at August 25, 2008 11:59 AM