Joe Biden for Obama VP


Virginia Governor Kaine is currently receiving a great deal of press attention as a top choice Obama Veep selection.  I think he would make a safe, perhaps shrewd choice for Obama (perhaps help Obama win Virginia), and apparently he and Obama share a personal chemistry as well as Harvard pedigree.

Problem is Kaine is short on foreign policy experience and right leaning on women’s issues (choice, late term abortion), making the ticket vulnerable to attacks from the right and softening enthusiasm from women.  Also, Kaine is not so popular in Appalachia which hampers Obama’s attempt to attract the white working class voters that went to Hillary during the latter primaries.

Kathleen Sebelius would make for a more compelling ticket; Like Kaine, she is not seen as an ideological progressive and like Kaine she could help attract middle of the road voters; unless the Clintons really make an issue of Obama selecting a woman other than Hillary, Sebelius would also help enthuse Hillary supporters. She has a canny way of building bipartisan coalitions, and also shares a personal chemistry with Obama. Shortcomings include lack of foreign policy experience.

Joe Biden, the man who sometimes cannot stop talking showed during his aborted campaign that he can indeed run a disciplined campaign.  No one around, including McCain, has the foreign policy credentials that Biden would bring to the ticket; his age and experience also helps counter the fear of newcomers that still plagues the Obama campaign. Perhaps more important is that Biden relishes a good fight and has a way with words that complements Obama and would slice through the lies and other bs coming from the Republican candidate 527s and RNC. As I have suggested on an earlier post, I think Ed Rendell would serve this same purpose.  Obama’s high minded style would come off even more favorably in comparison to the bare knuckled approach of this veep choice.

The only downside is that Biden was twice a presidential aspirant, and might chafe a bit as number two, but hey, that’s the Lincoln way, and Obama would be smart to follow his model.

i think an Obama-Biden team would reduce McCain to the trash heap of history.

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3 responses to “Joe Biden for Obama VP

  1. There’s one more problem with Kaine. If he leaves Virginia to take the Vice Presidency, a state currently trending Democratic would be left in the hands of an arch-conservative replacement governor in current Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling.

    The next election is in 2009, but frankly the Democratic bench is not that deep after Kaine, Warner and Webb. Bolling would be a clear favorite to win re-election if he does a decent job handling the impending budget mess during the 2009 legislative session, and Virginia voters seem to like giving parties a two-term tenure in the Governor’s office. So Kaine’s departure from Richmond might end up shutting the Democrats out of state government for five years or more.

    As someone who spends some time in VA, I’d rather that not happen.

  2. Biden would be an excellent choice and is my first choice also. The man call it like it is and any VP candidate that McCain picks, Biden would wipe the floor with him in a debate. Biden has the experience and would have a lot of inside senior knowledge in congress. But the problem with picking Biden is the republicans would attack that Biden is tied to one special interest group or another.
    Bottomline, I think, the GOP is in trouble. The economy is bad, prices on everything is up, and their nominee is reduce to just talking negatively about his opponent (Obama). I think John McCain actually forgot what he was running for.
    I think the only other candidate, if its not Biden, is Gov. Sebelius. I remember when she gave her speech on why she was supporting Obama and it was the same idea on why he was running. But there are many people who vote who simply don’t follow politics and Obama may lose vote because they may see the ticket as too liberal. But still, I think, in the end its not about who will be VP, but who will be president. Last week, Obama clearly shows americans, that the world sees him as a positive leader that would bring the United States back into the world market and Biden or Sebelius would be excellent on that ticket. And to tell you quite honestly if Biden isn’t VP, I can see him as Secretary of State.

  3. I like Biden as Sec. of State. I still think Clark would make the best VP…..he is the only guy who can neutralize McCain’s military shield and isn’t a major liability on any front.

    As for the Cocktail Party Circuit brouhaha about Clark attacking McOrnery’s military service, I don’t think it detracts from the General’s attractiveness as a running mate. The GOP and their media toadies will attack anybody in that slot, and Gen Clark is one of the few people who can and will effectively hit back, hard.

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