Obama/Biden ’08

The text may have come at 3 am, but the writing was on the wall much sooner.  Six hours earlier, CNN, who for one night appeared to have gotten the Democratic vice presidential hopefuls mixed up with the likes of Paris Hilton and Britney Spears and started camping out their homes, detected activity in the Biden home.

Throughout the night, the stock of other potential running mates plummeted.  Reports broke that Tim Kaine and Evan Bayh were both informed that they wouldn’t be the one.  Meanwhile other reports came in that a private jet was heading Joe’s way.

Once the Secret Service showed up, well, that was about all she wrote.

On one hand, I think it should be lost on no one that this week has seen the Obama team in top form.  There have been some grumblings here and there throughout the internets over the past month or so, and a lot of them have had to do with the seeming perception that Obama was letting McCain clean the floor with him.

Of course this is knee jerk Democratic navel gazing at it’s best; we’ve gotten so used to the act that we don’t even seem willing to wait until an election is won or lost anymore.  Go team!

Meanwhile, what struck me is that up until recently, the Obama campaign has been behaving rather uncharacteristically.  I watched the Democratic primary about as closely as you possibly can, and the campaign of the last month was not the same campaign that beat Hillary Clinton.  The only conclusion I could come up with was that they were biding their time.  There’s a lot of theory that goes into this, and I think some of it was letting McCain burn resources early, and some of it was allowing McCain to lower expectations a bit for when Obama actually takes the stage, but that’s all beside the point.

This week has put on display just how potent the Obama campaign can be, and really much of it in the past seventy-two hours.

First you had McCain shooting himself in the foot with the housing gaffe, and the Obama Team capitalized off of it and capitalized off of it hard, putting out two effective ads, and tying into the housing gaffe McCain’s five hundred dollar pair of shoes worn whilst golfing with Bush I, as well as his rich threshold of five million dollar incomes.

You hope this would be the end of having to hear about arugula, it should be, but it won’t be.

In any case, the Obama team proved one point; if you’re going to make this presidential candidacy about who’s an elitist and who’s so rich they are out of touch, it’s probably a good idea to make sure that your own candidate doesn’t appear to be richer than God thanks to his beer heiress wife.

He should also probably be able to count his houses, and throw in a small but sincere sounding comment about being blessed or something.  Just some hints here.

Of course the McCain campaign was furious.  No one’s allowed to engage in class warfare except Republicans!  As the McCain response came, “[Obama] lives in a frickin’ mansion!”

And that’s where the beauty of the orchestration of the vp announcement comes in.  By the time a rocked McCain campaign was putting together its counter punch, no one cared.  Now the big news was Obama’s running mate announcement.

The absolute hilarious bit was that Obama owned the news cycle with no news.  None.  Just vague teasers that there might be news, sometime, soon, sign up for the text messages.  The McCain campaign went, to use the phraseology of one TIME reporter, “Nuclear,” and they were getting trumped by speculation.

Somewhere, in one of John McCain’s eleventy mansions, he was pacing back and forth on his deep pile rug among his leather couches with an eleventy-billion inch plasma hi-def flat screen with CNN on mute in the background saying over and over again, “I’m going to throttle that little shit.  I’m gonna throttle him.”

Which brings us to the ticket itself.  Obama/Biden ’08.  You gotta admit, it’s got kind of a ring to it.

I have to express some disappointment.  I was kind of hoping it would be Kaine–my friend Fester encouraged me to write my prediction that it would be Kaine early last year, and I came this close to pulling it off.  But I also have to admit that given all the circumstances, Biden’s probably the best choice.

He’s not going to make everyone happy, and the sooner we all come to grips with that, the better.  At some point in election season we have to come to the understanding that some of us just aren’t going to get the ponies that we hope for.  Yes, there will probably be a few pieces written about how Biden’s not going to make the Clintonista crowd happy.

Guess what?  They aren’t going to be happy regardless.  They won’t be happy unless Hillary Clinton is made president and anything that prevents that is some sort of conspiracy.  In other words, we’re talking about a relatively small group of people inflicted with chronic sore-loserism.

And yeah, doves and the liberal wing of the Democratic party has a few bones to pick with Biden as well.  Hey, Gore picked Lieberman in 2000, and Kerry had that adulterer (who, to be fair, wasn’t an adulterer back then, as far as we know).

Again, my point, as the Stones would put it, “you can’t always get what you want…  But sometimes, you get what you need.”

And I think Biden is going to fit very well in the campaign.  For one, of all the available candidates for Vice President, I simply can’t think of one that would be better equipped to serve as the chief attack dog, as put on display here:

 

As a friend intimated to me over a couple of pitchers of beer back in that desolate winter of 2004, Biden spits fire. Yeah, he sometimes will spit gaffe’s here and there, but he’s got an intensity and willingness to unload that I think will be very beneficial.

But it’s not just that, and I’m sure I could stay up all night discussing his qalities and faults and I’m not going to do that. But there is something else, something that I’ve already seen mocked here and there; that lunchbucket Democrat appeal. It’s not just the ability to employ colloquial speech without sounding like you’re forcing it, and it’s not just having a little bit of hawk in you. But it’s that appeal on a more visceral level, cultural. Just the way emotions are expressed…

Here, just take a look and I think you’ll see what I’m getting at.

Is Joe Biden the perfect running mate? No, of course not. Ideologically I can think of quite a few I would rather have. On the other hand, I am sure there are some political choices that would almost guarantee victory but come at a price (a la Chuck Hagel). But while I disagree with Biden on things, I agree with him on a lot of things, and genuinely like the guy.

And I think he’s going to be a hell of a running mate. I don’t think he’s going to let McCain have an inch, and when Romney gets named as McCain’s running mate, well, I just have images of Biden literally chewing him up and spitting him out.

So there he is kids, your next Vice President of the United States:

5 Responses to “Obama/Biden ’08”

  1. Traveler says:

    You should see Hillary’s comments about the ticket: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3y3HzioAlo

  2. Biden’s a disaster. This has got to be God’s gift to the GOP: Obama and Biden, birds of a lying, deceitful feather…

  3. I can’t believe he passed up the opportunity to carry the South by picking an anti-2nd Amendment, career politician from the East Coast.

  4. Jeff M says:

    Hot dog! The press got its dream VP. A never ending supply of emabarassment from Joe “Foot in his mouth” Biden. Let the silliness begin!

  5. Toni Taylor says:

    I do have something to say. Obama is too cocky, he loves the spot light and belongs in Hollywood making a movie or something. Maybe even playing the president – but on my gosh – not for real. Tell these people who are bound and determined to vote for him and his wife (not sure about this one either), TO DO A LITTLE MORE RESEARCH. COME ON Jerry Buckhiemer, put him in a movie or a documentary on how to tell the truth. I am sure he would love to be the center of attention. I do happen to be republican, but i wouldn’t vote for him anyway.

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