Saturday, August 23, 2008

Thoughts on Joe Biden

Admittedly, I endorsed Joe Biden for President before the Iowa Caucuses. Certainly, it wasn't because he voted in favor of allowing Bush to invade Iraq, it was despite that fact. On a broad range of issues, I have found Joe Biden to be a thoughtful and articulate U.S. Senator. He and Chris Dodd seemed to me to be the most experienced and well-grounded candidates and I picked Biden.

Geographically, Joe Biden doesn't add that much to the ticket, as I would expect for Obama to win, that Delaware should be considered a given. Perhaps Biden has some traction in western Pennsylvania and northern Virginia, but even that is mere speculation. What Biden does provide, is an intelligent and competent individual who could take over the Presidency if Obama should suffer a fate like JFK. At Biden's age, it would be ludicrous to assume that after eight years of an Obama administration that he would be the favorite for the Democratic nomination. Biden is selected on the basis of his ability to be an excellent Vice President. What this signifies, is that Obama wants competent individuals in his administration, and he's starting out with his V.P.

Biden, a nice choice.

5 comments:

Ted said...

Biden — the perfect foil for Palin!

David said...

I doubt I'll ever hear anyone who can make a good argument for Obama to have picked anyone else as his VP. Biden really is a good pick (he was my choice).

Obi wan liberali said...

Good points David. What it seems to me, is that Obama is willing to embrace a Vice President who might actually challenge his point of view. He wasn't intimidated to add someone with less experience, but more political fanfare. I hope that this is a trend, that Obama will seek those knowledgable, over those who have slavishly followed him. I think this is a very strong pick.

Obi wan liberali said...

I meant more experience. DOH!

Jason Katzenbach said...

I thought this was kind of an egh nomination. I don't have anything against biden per say, I just don't know how much he'll actually help—particularly since he said repeatedly during the primaries that Obama did not have the experience to be president.