Well, my greatest fears were not realized: Hillary Clinton was not named vice presidential nominee by Barack Obama.
Instead, he chose the 35-year senator, Joe Biden, the ultimate insider. Like his grandmother and his church, the “change” meme was just thrown under the bus!
Not only did he not choose Hillary (as well as her 18 million voters and proven ability to get all those white, middle class votes in the states that will decide the election), Obama didn’t even vet her. What kind of decision-making ability, or lack thereof, does that show? If he loses one-fifth of Hillary’s voters, which the polls indicate is possible, that’s almost 4 million votes. Did he think Joe Biden was going to shore up all those votes?
Plus, the choice of the 65-year old Delaware senator takes away the issue that sticks to McCain the most: his age!
Biden will, considering his predilection for serious, embarrassing gaffes, hurt the ticket. Don’t be surprised if the Obama campaign keeps him out of sight at the first sign of his serial “gaffe-itis”. Being gaffe-prone is less a quirky trait with Biden, than it is a measure of his lack of intellectual discipline.
Have you seen the liberal pundits, like Eleanor Clift and Jonathon Alter, on outlets like MSNBC? They don’t look or sound happy. You can see that they sense that it all may snowball down for their man.
The choice of Biden is uninspiring. Moreover, the simple ads that the McCain campaign rolled out quickly (showing Biden saying that he thinks Obama’s NOT ready for the presidency), are devastatingly effective.
Evan Bayh would have been a terrific choice. He and Obama “felt” good together; they are both energetic and good-looking. Bayh was a bridge to Clinton voters (he avidly backed her campaign). He was highly qualified in his accomplishments, executive experience, and foreign policy chops.