posted on Aug, 23 2008 @ 08:02 AM
I'm not sure its a good pick or not. On one hand, it should help Obama shore up his weaknesses on foreign policy at least somewhat.
On the other hand? Joe Biden has been in DC a very long time; 35 years. That presents a couple of possible problems for Obama. One, Obama has
been beating the 'hope and change' theme like a dead horse. How is the selection of a career Washington politician representative of either one?
That's a question that Obama will have to answer. Second, as I said, he's been there 35 years. Unlike Obama, there's an extensive paper
trail of votes, particularly on social issues such as gun control, abortion and others. That could be a serious problem, although I'm going to
have to research his positions further to know how much (I do know he authored the '94 assault weapons ban and has been pushing reauthorization;
that IS going to be an issue).
As I've stated repeatedly in the last several months and reiterated yesterday, I also thought it could be problematic should Obama select a VP
who's credentials badly overshadowed his own. That's what he just did. It'll be interesting to see how well it works when the VP appears to be,
on paper, a much, much more qualified presidential candidate than the actual presidential candidate.
And finally, there's one more ominous fact for the Dems with this selection. No Dem ticket has won the presidency without a southerner on the
ticket since Franklin Roosevelt in 1940, and even that was a bit of a unique case given Roosevelt's popularity after the previous 8 years. Prior
to that? Woodrow Wilson, who served as governor of New Jersey (he was born in Virginia, however).
[edit on 23-8-2008 by vor78]