Obama’s VP Pick: The Clean and Articulate Joe Biden


Cell phones across the land just woke folks up with the news that Barack Obama has chosen Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware to fill his VP slot.

More to come soon, when it’s not 3 in the morning.

UPDATE (8/23/2008, 11:00 a.m.): OK. Now that it’s a civilized hour for discussing such matters, here’s some choice reaction from the blogosphere.

Here’s Andrew Sullivan at the Daily Dish:

The biggest emerging problem with the Obama campaign is Obama’s reluctance, lack of talent and lack of will to get into lively, feisty, pissing matches with his opponent. This was brought home in the Saddleback forum. What he needs is a plucky, fun, free-wheeling attack machine, with the necessary gravitas to express adequate contempt for the Bush administration's fatally misguided foreign policy without in any way seeming defensive.

Greg Sargent at TPM also focuses on Biden’s attack dog creds:

Hannah Lobel_4
8/26/2008 8:54:20 AM

Hi Pam, You might be interested in checking out my last post: http://www.utne.com/2008-08-25/Politics/DNC-Die-Hillary-Story-Die.aspx?blogid=30 Kevin Drum and Jonathan Cohn, who I cite, make a strong case for the idea that -- despite the incessant media coverage of the vocal (but few) Hillary spoilers -- the Democrats are actually remarkably united on the issues. Would be curious to know your take on that.

8/26/2008 8:19:20 AM

I didn't like Hillary in the beginning and I like her even less now. She and slick Willie both are sore losers. HILLARY! YOU DID NOT GET THE NOMINATION. Get over it. Move on. This is the first time I've seen the dems so divided. They've decided to make a third party -- we'll have the republicans, we'll have the dems who go with Obama, the dems who still think Hillary is holier than thou, and decide to make their own pouting club. Joe Biden is Obama's choice. It doesn't really matter what we think as it's HIS CHOICE to make.

Paul Marquardt
8/25/2008 9:51:06 AM

It seems that the Repubs should have no problem winning the election. They can just sit back and watch us Dems tear eachother to shreds while we try and pick out everything negative about our own candidates. By November, maybe enough of us will be too disillusioned to vote. I'm not saying that Biden or Obama is perfect, but maybe we could realize that this is still the real world with real problems to deal with. In that light, Biden makes a whole lot of sense, and Obama still has the most positive message I've heard in my short 44 years on this earth.

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