Friday, August 22, 2008
And Now There Are Two
[This post assumes Obama does the logical thing--everyone agrees he's good at that--and picks Joe Biden. See my post of August 4.]
Choosing Joe Biden is nothing like choosing Dan Quayle or, for you old timers, Spiro Agnew.
Obama has pulled a heavyweight out of the box of potential running mates. And he chose the right one.
The two tactical advantages Obama gains with Biden at his side are:
1. Barack's Foreign Policy flank is no longer exposed. Biden eats McCain's (and Barack's) lunch when it comes to matters of Foreign and National Security Policy. The guy (Biden) was freakin consulted, but not necessarily listened to, by none other than George W. himself! Biden's expertise cannot be brushed aside by McCain and his Rovian advisers; in fact, I'd go as far as saying that some positive quotes regarding Biden's depth and breath of knowledge in these realms might be out there from people like both Bushes, Cheney, and perhaps Sen. McCain himself. If they are, it's up to Obama's minions to find those quotes.
2. Though extremely intelligent, Biden is not shy about verbally "shooting from the hip." It's quite obvious, and I say this not in any way as a criticism, Barack likes to think before he yaps. It's a good twosome. Joe Biden ain't gonna take any s___t from McRove...and he's going to give more than he takes, if necessary. And by doing so, he allows Obama to continue being Obama, pure and fresh as a pristine forest. Joe Biden is not Clinton/Bush slime; but his lack of the Obama refinement/genteelness, combined with his formidable knowledge, makes him the perfect complement to his boss.
A strategic advantage associated with the Biden choice is:
When he assumes office, President Obama will have at his beck and call a virtual treasure trove of knowledge in his Vice President.
And, finally, I like you, don't know Obama or Biden personally. We know what we read and see and hear in the media; that's all most of us can do. Joe Biden strikes me as the kind of man I sure would like by my side if I were about to embark on the superhuman task of being President of the United States.
The Biden choice is Obama's first presidential-caliber decison test. By buying into Biden, Barack has shown the world he's going to be adept at making the right call.
This post originally appeared on my blog on the official Barack Obama for President website, www.myBarackObama.com ]