Down From The Tower – Thoughts On The VP Finalists

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With the convention a few days away, Barack Obama has finally decided on his vice-presidential pick and will make his announcement any day now. Here’s my take on the finalists:

Evan Bayh: To be sure, Bayh is a safe and smart pick. As a centrist, Bayh will do nothing to bolster the absurd GOP arguments that Obama is a radical leftist. Also, at 52-years-old, Bayh is young enough not tarnish Obama’s pro-change anti-Washington brand. Unfortunately, Bayh is a little too boring to be Obama’s wingman. More importantly, his role as a national co-chair of the Clinton campaign will raise some serious trust issues for Obama. Bottom line: Ain’t gonna happen.

Tim Kaine: If you’re Barack Obama there are lots of reasons to choose Tim Kaine: executive experience, religious faith (Catholic!), Washington outsider status, political savvy. In addition, Kaine has the potential of delivering Virginia, which could be the difference between victory and defeat in November. The only problem with Kaine is that he does nothing to help Obama on the foreign policy front, an issue that has begun to affect his polling numbers.

Joe Biden: From the beginning, I have said that this was the best pick. Biden brings experience, foreign policy credentials, and charisma (not that it’s lacking) to the ticket. Also, as Melissa and I mentioned before, choosing Biden after the whole “articulate” fiasco would show White voters that he’s above “petty racial politics.” Given the extraordinary role that race has played throughout this election year, such symbolism cannot be overestimated. I may be wrong, but I’m going to stick with Biden as the choice.

23 thoughts on “Down From The Tower – Thoughts On The VP Finalists

  1. Joe Biden is a loose cannon with loose lips capable of sinking the Obama ship. HOPE he picks him.

    Obama/Biden: Arrogance Squared

  2. Biden is a bit of a “hot kettle” but what he does have the liberty to do is make more mistakes, speak almost spontaneously, and rely on America to dismiss his comments and label them “a mistake.” Obama, as a black man who’s team has strategically portrayed him to be the “unshakable” and sometimes stoic-in-nature candidate, really does not have that privilege–to just show “outrage” (as Carville’s commentary this morning suggests). What he DOES need, however, is a presence of that same fire…without burning the whole house down.

    Given his choices, Biden is the guy.

  3. The only person I can think of that would be worst than Biden is Hil.

    Besides, Biden has already confirmed (last week) that he is NOT Obama’s VP!!!

    Thank GOD!

  4. I agree, Marc.I think out of the three Biden is his best pick albeit a paradoxical one. He seems like the perennial primary loser…

  5. Tanya,
    Is the pick really Powell? I didn’t get a text msg. from the Obama camp, what gives? 😉

    This guessing game, no matter how cogent the reasoning, seems like sprinters jumping the gun to me. I’ve ceased with the crystal-ball pontifications on his choice of VP, cause I honestly don’t know.

    Any pick is sure to bring controversy, believe that!

    Until the DNC is over and done, I’ll be listening to Jason Mraz – Bella Luna, for reasons that I don’t want to explain to anyone right now. 🙁

  6. Whoever Obama chooses, he’ll still be running with Wright, Ayers, and Rezco, and other assorted misfits he’s befriended.

  7. Bobby,

    Bush 1 & 2 and Clinton were not affected by their band of assorted misfits.

    Rezco is the worst of the three, and even he isn’t that bad!

    Nothing will prevent Obama from taking the election in Nov, except, of course, a presidential postponement (Georgia has me leery of that). But even that won’t stop Obama in the long run.

    (Remember you heard it from me first! The situation w/ Georgia and Russia may “cause” Bush to postpone the election.)

  8. somehow i get the feeling that obama has promised hillary something down the stretch. i don’t think he’s gonna pick her – i think that honor will go to either biden, bayh or nunn – but something tells me that hillary’s “stumping” for obama is based on quid pro quo agreement.

  9. “choosing Biden after the whole ‘articulate’ fiasco would show White voters that he’s above ‘petty racial politics’.”

    Maybe in your opinion, but not in the minds of a lot of “typical white people”, that’s for sure!

    If Obama was a white dude from Illinois, he wouldn’t even be a school board member, let alone a freakin’ U.S. Senator.

  10. What on earth is a “typical white person” Garrett? I asked my brother-in-law who’s white and he says he has no idea what that is even supposed to mean.

  11. I don’t know either, DCI74, but you should broach the question with the chosen one, as he used the phrase a few months ago! 😉

    As for the VP slot for the Obama ticket, I bet at least a couple of people turned him down!!!

  12. I’m already looking forward to laughing at the Obama/Biden bumper stickers that I’ll still see on people’s cars two years from now . . .

  13. Dr. Hill states:
    “Joe Biden: From the beginning, I have said that this was the best pick. Biden brings experience, foreign policy credentials, and charisma (not that it’s lacking) to the ticket. Also, as Melissa and I mentioned before, choosing Biden after the whole “articulate” fiasco would show White voters that he’s above “petty racial politics.” Given the extraordinary role that race has played throughout this election year, such symbolism cannot be overestimated. I may be wrong, but I’m going to stick with Biden as the choice.”

    Both you and Melissa call it! OBAMA-BIDEN…OBAMA-BIDEN…OBAMA-BIDEN!!!

    Obama has been competing for the past 19 months now, I feel like he’s about to enter the fourth event (DNC) of a Pentathlon and getting his second wind now (BIDEN), so that come September he’ll be singing “I don’t feel no ways tired” as he begins the swift run toward the November election and ultimately the White House.

    OBAMA-BIDEN!!! OBAMA-BIDEN!!! OBAMA-BIDEN!!!

    I’d love to be a cartoonist, satirist, even a stand up comedian right about now…how truly funny it would be, to me, if upon Obama and Biden entering the White House while Bush and Cheney are fumbling around, with boring small talk, Biden says in a very strong and firm voice to Bush and Cheney…’It’s time for you two sorry a** n-z to get the h*** outta here!’ LOL-LOL. If I saw that in any medium be it cartoon, satire, or stand-up, I would truly be rolling on a very clean, pristine and well-cushioned carpet laughing my exquisitely fine-tuned, slightly muscled body off! LOL-LOL! (ROTVCPAWCCLMEFTSMBO) LOL-LOL!

    ps. no offense to the presidency of the USA, just the devastating antics of dark clowns who happen to be named bush and cheney. 😉

    Oh yeah, I hate the sight of bumper stickers of any sort on anything, period!

  14. John Adams, the 1st US VP, described the VP position as, “the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived or his imagination conceived.”

    Even though the VP position means absolutely nothing, the person picked means absolutely everything.

    Biden is a racist and a loser. Just wait till the Republicans release the dirt on him. Obama is going down.

    I love Barack Obama and I really want to see him win the election and serve 2 terms in the White House, but I may have to sit this election out. I just can’t, in good conscience vote for Biden in any regard.

    Obama picked Biden to appease to white voters and it makes me sick!

    Biden confirmed last week that he was NOT the pick. Maybe he wasn’t at that point and it changed, or maybe Biden is just a liar.

  15. I would have been mad if he picked Hil, but at least I would have understood him picking Hil.

    I hope I can learn to understand a deeper reasoning for picking Biden.

  16. So Tanya are you going to sit out this election and then be pissed when McCain wins and you get more four more years of the same bull-ish.

    Marc, you’ve come a long way from the quintessential hater who waited until Super Tuesday to unleash some hate on Obama with your “not my brand of hope” piece. I thnak you for being critical of Obama then and I hope you continue to be critical of the man.

    Garrett, what the hell is this
    “If Obama was a white dude from Illinois, he wouldn’t even be a school board member, let alone a freakin’ U.S. Senator.”
    Who are you the woman who resigned from the Hillary camp. Sad!

    Why do we get up in arms and call white folks racist, while I do not believe that blacks can be racist because racism finds its power in the power of the majority which we do not have. We don’t have institutionalized power and such but she sure as hell can be prejudice, so when we’re pointing the finger at white racists let’s remember their are four more fingers pointing back at us.

  17. Native,

    That would be three fingers, three. But who’s counting! 🙂

    “So Tanya are you going to sit out this election and then be pissed when McCain wins and you get more four more years of the same bull-ish.”

    I know, I know. I hope I feel different in November. But right now, I just can’t rock with Biden.

    A couple of years ago I heard McCain say, out of his own mouth, at a Young Republican event, “The desire to be President is a disease that can only be cured with embalming fluid.” McCain and Biden are best friends, and like minds.

    How many times has Biden run for President??? How horribly has he failed each time??? How bad does Biden want to be President???

    I love Obama too much to give Biden the only opportunity and the best and probably only shot he will ever have at being President.

    Ya digg???

  18. Biden wasn’t “picked”, he was the only one who would take it, except maybe Candy Ass Kaine. Remember early on how many politicians took themselves out of the running? Everyone else, except Biden, have their reputations to consider, and do not want to be anywhere near Obama when he loses in a landslide.

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