Of all of the names floating out there, Biden is the one that I hope to be named as VP, but really, I don’t know how much it matters. Besides Hillary Clinton, I don’t know that anyone he picks would have that huge of an impact. It’s still going to be all about Obama.
I really like what he said yesterday regarding McCain’s campaign, written about at the Huffington Post here:
“One of the things that we have to change in this country is the idea that people can’t disagree without challenging each other’s character and patriotism,” he said, to applause. “I have never suggested that Senator McCain picks his positions on national security based on politics or personal ambition. I have not suggested it because I believe that he genuinely wants to serve America’s national interest. Now, it’s time for him to acknowledge that I want to do the same. Let me be clear: I will let no one question my love of this country. I love America, so do you, and so does John McCain.”
Everyone wants him to attack, and I’m sure he will, but I still like his dignified approach. It’s unfortunate that in order to reach a certain segment of the American population you need to speak like a schoolyard bully belittling the opponent. Or better yet, like a real asshole. Bloodlust works real well on the Republican side, and as we have seen, not so much on the Democratic side. Obama doesn’t have to stoop to that level like McCain has, but I’m sure at some point he will have to point out that his opponent has no clue about economics, was in favor of the Iraq War, and continues to speak as if he has no clue regarding Shias and Sunnis and that entire culture.
Furthermore, this so-called “maverick” has completely shit-talked his way into the arms of evangelicals and embraced the kind of politics that worked so effectively against him in 2000. He truly could not beat them, so he joined. I think it’s pathetic, because of all the candidates on that side, I thought McCain was the best–more so in 2000 than now–and now he has proven to be just another part of that machine.