Sen. Barack Obama’s choice of Sen. Joe Biden as his running mate raises the question of whether Obama can carry off his message of change with a seasoned Washington politician by his side… The Delaware senator has held two of the most important jobs in Washington: chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. That could be reassuring to voters who worry about Obama’s inexperience in national and world affairs. Biden also has been an early and vociferous critic of President Bush’s foreign policies, most notably regarding the war in Iraq.
He voted for the authorization to invade Iraq but conceded that it was a mistake.
That sales campaign kicks off Monday night with the focus on Obama’s personal story. It is an amazing success story that will be told on the big screen inside the Pepsi Center. The video, we are told, will be dramatic and highly produced, including some powerful music. And it will be amplified by his wife, Michelle, who speaks Monday night. Barack Obama‘s sister Maya Soetero-Ng, and Michelle’s brother, Craig Robinson, will also speak.
It also will be an emotional night as the Democrats pay tribute to Sen. Ted Kennedy, who has brain cancer.
Ahhh, party conventions. The Dems will trot out a 65 year old windbag as VP and beg for tears with a Ted Kennedy tribute, even though Ted isn’t dead. I’m really looking forward to this one!
On the VP choice: obviously, Obama isn’t concerned with winning a state by picking a VP from a contested area. He’s also not concerned with the woman vote by not picking a woman VP. Instead, Obama took a page from the George Bush playbook and shored up his thin foreign policy credentials by picking a seasoned foreign policy veteran (as GWB did by picking Cheney). Joe Biden is known for emotional, long-winded speeches. I hope he does not wilt in the national spotlight.
Who will McCain pick? If McCain wants to steal some independent and fair-weather Dem votes, then he should definitely choose a woman VP.