After watching local coverage of Biden’s appointment to VP today I can only guess that the only reason Biden was given the nod was because of his ties to Scranton. Forget a candidate that can carry the state of PA, Biden can carry Scranton and Lackawanna County. It is true that NEPA will be a bell weather area for the candidates but the love being shown for this “native son” is off the charts.
Joe Biden left NEPA when he was 10. His “close” friends include the family that bought his childhood home. “Supporters” showed up at a local bar to watch Obama/Biden make their first appearance together and were in love instantly simply because of the “D” next to both of their names in the Senate roll call. Relatives of Joe Biden were nowhere to be seen, he doesn’t have any here.
Additionally the national media played up the Scranton roots theme. On at least ABC, who had an entire docudrama based on Biden prepared, Biden’s Scranton connection was announced multiple times. This was an apparent nod to Hilary supporters in the area who were given so much national coverage during the primary. But the media doesn’t have Hilary anymore and will win votes for Obama with any angle they can get, even if it means exploiting a connection that is long gone.
I’m not saying Biden can’t call Scranton his boyhood home, but his roots are long gone. Sen Clinton at least has family buried here and did visit often throughout her life. But to say Sen Biden is from Scranton is like saying I am from Cleveland because I lived there for several years or from Maine because I was born there. In essence, I am the perfect VP candidate if ties to a city is the criteria for vetting a VP.
I missed most of the love fest today, as I was meeting Gov Pawlenty at the campaign headquarters of Chris Hackett in Dallas, PA. The possible VP nominee was in town to stump for McCain and the other Republican candidates in the area and was a great guy. His words focused on issues and not houses, as Biden’s comments did. The Governor’s support for McCain was evident as he talked with supporters, unlike Biden’s whose words today reflected his role as attack dog for Obama as he sidestepped his “no learning curve” comment of less than a year ago when talking about Obama’s inexperience. The difference in styles was evident today, with Obama and Co doing what they do best, substituting substance for style.
Will Sen Biden help carry PA and NEPA in particular? I doubt it. But judging by the media coverage today, Democrats in the area are falling in love all over again with their “native son”. But, unlike their passionate romantic love of Hilary, it’s a platonic love for one of their own who they don’t want to see fail.
“Democrats fall in love, Republicans fall in line”