Sunday, August 24, 2008
Joe Biden as VP
Hopefully, Joe Biden will do for Obama what Lyndon Johnson did for JFK. Biden brings age and experience to balance Obama's youth and charisma. As presiding officer of the Senate, Biden would know where all the bodies are buried, know how to twist arms, and could help Obama get his legislative program passed. Meanwhile, Biden should have a broad appeal to blue collar workers during this campaign, and be a very effective attack dog who would enable Obama to maintain the high ground. Hillary and Gore would both have been great choices, but either one of them might have overpowered Obama. With Biden, there is no doubt that Obama will be in charge and calling the shots. Plus, with Hillary, there would have been the question of the millions of dollars that Bill has earned over the past eight years, and its sources, which might have caused problems for Bill, Hillary and Obama. That issue is now off the table. As to social issues -- like abortion and GLBT rights -- it's hard to find two more liberal national figures than Obama and Biden.