Barack Obama’s selection of long-time Sen. Joe Biden to be his running mate was a huge political mistake.
Why? Because Biden gives Obama almost nothing to help him in the one and only one thing they ought to be thinking about: accumulating 270 Electoral votes on Nov. 4.
Biden does not give them a state that they would not have already had. Thus he is like so many other recent, and failed, Democrat veep picks: Lloyd Bentsen, Geraldine Ferraro, Joe Lieberman and John Edwards. None of these selections helped their ticket gather those 270 electoral votes or even accomplished the converse: kept their GOP opponents from getting to that magic number.
Evan Bayh would have automatically made Indiana, a traditional GOP lock, a competitive state and hurt McCain by stretching and stressing his limited campaign budget. Mark Warner or Jim Webb would similarly vault Virginia, a longtime GOP bastion, into the undecided column.
Bill Richardson would have guaranteed New Mexico for Obama and maybe locked up Nevada and Colorado, too. But Joe Biden’s Delaware is a solid Democratic state anyway.
The sycophants in the media were downright disgraceful as everyone inside the D.C. Beltway rushed forward to praise Biden. Where is the objectivity? Where is the balance? Where are stories about his alleged law school plagiarism? Where is a recounting of the brutal way he assaulted Judge Clarence Thomas?
Instead we are told how this life-long political hack is the Third Coming (the second is Obama himself). The fawning by the MSNBC talking heads was unbelievable.
How about some objectivity? How about the fact that, as a Catholic, he is pro-choice? No one mentioned that. They did say that he is a Catholic and thus will help Obama in heavily Catholic states like Pennsylvania and Ohio. Oh, really? Do all Catholics go against Church doctrine?
Why is it that Biden, after years of campaigning and national TV appearances, could not get even 1 percent of the vote in this year’s Iowa caucuses?
Why is that the Beltway media love him so much, but the voters in Iowa didn’t buy his act one bit?
This just points out the incestuous relationship between the media and the people they cover; they trade leaks for access and puffery for access. What a disgrace.
Biden does help flesh out the weaknesses in Obama’s (thin or nonexistent) resume. He has D.C. experience and foreign policy knowledge. And he will be an aggressive attack dog against Mccain and a Bush third term (the Obama fall campaign theme). But he seems to be all talk.
Obama may regret this selection, not because Biden will do badly, but because someone else could have helped him get to that magic 270.
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