August 23rd, 2008 22:30 EST
It's O'Biden Time!
Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate, has picked Sen. Joe Biden to be his vice presidential running mate.
These are my initial impressions of Obama`s most important decision of the presidential campaign to date:
The selection of Joe Biden to be Obama`s VP signals the end of the Clinton dynasty. I was worried that Obama might make a horrible mistake and choose Hillary in a bid to reach out to women and blue-collar workers. But that dreadful scenario did not take place, and Hillary won`t have a chance to sabotage Obama from the office of the Veep.
It turns out Hillary wasn`t even vetted, this sends a strong signal that Obama isn`t a wimp who is intimidated by the Clintons. Obama gave the Clintons prime time speaking slots in the Democratic Convention, but that will be their last hurrah.
The Clintons have had a stranglehold on the Democratic party since 1992, and I am thrilled that neither a Clinton nor a Bush is on the national ticket since forever it seems.
Joe Biden brings a wealth of experience and a ton of integrity to the table.
"Biden has served for the sixth-longest period among current senators (fourth among Democrats) and is Delaware`s longest-serving senator. He is the Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in the 110th Congress. Biden has served in that position in the past, and he has served as chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary."
Biden doesn`t parse every word and doesn`t waste any time contemplating the meaning of "is", he speaks directly from his heart. His biggest asset is also his biggest liability, sometimes he doesn`t know when to shut up and he ends up putting his foot in his mouth. But Biden has never uttered any potentially career ending gaffes, his mistakes make you wince, they don`t make you want to vote him out of office.
Joe Biden is a Roman Catholic who grew up in a rust belt state, he can help Obama win over the Roman Catholic and blue collar votes.
Biden is ready to be president if anything (Heavens forbid) happens to Obama. Biden has been in the senate since 1973, his long tenure in Congress will be a tremendous asset if fate lands him in the Oval Office.
The selection of Biden speaks well of Obama, he could have opted for a Dan Quayle-like lightweight, but he wasn`t afraid to select a statesman with lots of experience.
Obama/Biden: That has a nice ring to it. The Democrats have a winning ticket.