Obama chose his running mate last night, overnight, while we were sleeping. ?. Apparently Joe Biden got the nod because of his extensive foreign policy background and, like Clinton, is a native of Scranton,PA. Of course, I don’t think Biden will be embraced as a native son the same way Clinton was when she campaigned here this year.
In another blunder by the Obamacampaign, a text message was sent out to announce the pick AFTER the media was alerted to Joe Biden’s status. His promise to send supporters the text first because of their undying support was broken around 3am when many supporters received the text. So much for the political cartoons and pundits joking about McCain’s inability to use texting.
Will this hurt Obama? No, but Biden won’t help that much either. Biden has been a critic of Obama and he voted for the war in Iraq before he was against it. Does Biden also want out of Iraq because his son is facing deployment in the region? Biden is also a beltway insider, a staunch liberal who has voted with his party 96.6% of the time http://projects.washingtonpost.com/congress/110/senate/party-voters/ (Obama has done so 96% of the time), and, for her supporters, is still not Hilary Clinton. Biden will also have to overcome what appears to be a rough exterior and a tendency to talk, and talk, and talk. He will also have to overcome his age, a charge many Obama supporters level against McCain. Biden is 66, only 6 six years younger than McCain.
Biden probably was a good choice for Obama. They share many of the same ideas and Biden won’t outshine Obama’s own spotlight. Maybe he can even become another one of Obama’s crazy old uncles. But in a year where the VP choice is so critical, did Obama make the right pick. I think voters will say NO on election day and go for McCain/Romney in November.