Saturday, August 23, 2008

A wise choice by Obama


"Matthew --

I have some important news that I want to make official. I've chosen Joe Biden to be my running mate.

Joe and I will appear for the first time as running mates this afternoon in Springfield, Illinois -- the same place this campaign began more than 19 months ago.

I'm excited about hitting the campaign trail with Joe, but the two of us can't do this alone. We need your help to keep building this movement for change.

Please let Joe know that you're glad he's part of our team. Share your personal welcome note and we'll make sure he gets it:

Thanks for your support,


P.S. -- Make sure to turn on your TV at 2:00 p.m. Central Time to join us or watch online at"

I think Democratic candidate Barack Obama's pick of fellow Senator Joe Biden is brilliant.

I'm of the same mind as Jim, Steve and many other Liberal bloggers on this.

I see little sense in Jason Cherniak's contribution to this discussion today. Writes Jason: "Yet I haven't seen any good reasons yet why it was not [Hillary Clinton]..." I simply don't know how to respond to this willful ignorance, unless of course Cherniak is merely joking. If nothing more, Obama has said he wanted someone he could trust by his side. Clearly, as we all know, Hillary (and Bill) did not meet that fundamental characterization.

Barack Obama is a truly gifted communicator who is absolutely serious about winning this election and putting the U.S.A. back on a strong course for the future. His choice of Biden reinforces that message. Biden is a perfect balance to Obama's strengths. In Biden, Obama has a running mate he can trust during this campaign and for the next possible eight years in the White House to challenge him as they govern.

Now the Democratic ticket features both historic and needed change, combined with the deep wisdom of experience. Biden's dynamic personality and working class credibility will play very well with voters in the states that Obama needs to win in November. His roots in Pennsylvania will likely seal the deal in that state, and probably go a long way to reassuring other mainstream (aka "White") voters in other states like Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, West Virginia and right across the country who up until recently have been somewhat skeptical about Obama.

The fact that the pick of Biden was so expertly done - no leaks, with the leading contenders only revealed on the final day before the announcement followed by an unofficial confirmation around midnight last night - says a lot about the discipline of Obama's team. No doubt, that discipline starts from the top. For the last week, all we've been talking about (besides election speculation here in Canada) is who will Obama pick.

I don't buy for a second that Obama has undermined his message of "change" by picking a 36-year Senate veteran. He's picked an expert on foreign policy as the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He's picked a guy who still commutes all the way to Delaware everyday on public transit. He's picked a guy whose own son is heading off to fight in Iraq in October. McCain can talk all he wants about his time in Vietnam 40 years ago. Biden's own son is serving as a soldier starting this fall. Considering this, both Biden and Obama will do what's right for the soldiers in cleaning up the huge Republican mess that is Iraq. Talk about a compelling new narrative to counteract McCain's back story.

Next to Biden, McCain seems more shaky and not so safe, I must say. In essence, Obama is communicating with his pick of Biden that he is offering "change" that is "safe." This will go a long way to shore up most if not all of Obama's perceived weak spots and position the Democrats for a win come November, regardless of who McCain picks as his running mate.


Lizt. said...

I received one of these e-mail, also. I respect Joe Biden.... good pick.

Queers United said...

im not too keen on the biden choice