Early Obama-Biden Analysis

I know it is early, but here is a bit of analysis of the Obama-Biden ticket. (The first is from several days ago on the possibility of a Biden pick).

Jack M. at Ace of Spades:

Now, aside from Joe Biden himself, is there anyone that thinks that Biden brings much of anything to this ticket? Aside from hair-plugs and an over-inflated sense of self-worth, that is. Oh, and possibly a dog-eared copy of Neil Kinnock’s autobiography…

Conventional wisdom holds that Obama is perceived as weak on foreign affairs and international issues. Biden, by virtue of his time spent on the Senate Foreign relations Committee, and his high profile “fact finding missions” to places like Georgia, would seem to fill that gap in Obama’s resume and narrow McCain’s advantage on that set of issues. Conventional wisdom also seems to think Biden would temper the impact of that “3 AM” question with regard to handling national security.


I think that’s arguable. Biden is essentially a buffoon. He’s quick on his feet. He’s slick. He can put on a good dog and pony show. But if the answer to “who you gonna call” is “Joe Biden” you may be asking the wrong question. The truth is that a guy like Sam Nunn has pieces of guys like Joe Biden in his foreign policy stool.

Jim Geraghty at NRO:

It’s hard for Obama supporters to play the age card any longer, as their potential veep is all of six years younger than McCain.

The candidate of hope and change selected a running mate who was first elected to public office when Obama was 9 years old. He was elected to the Senate when Obama was 11.

The bottom of the ticket running on change has been in Washington forever.

He voted for the Iraq War — which Obama touted as the most important decision since the end of the Cold War.

Biden supports a ban on partial-birth abortion. He supports deploying U.S. troops to Darfur in Sudan.

His mouth will be an absolute time bomb. Will he refer to Delaware as a “slave state” again? Will he discuss who’s behind the counter at 7-11s?

I’m reminded of a Rudy Giuliani response when Biden took a shot at him — “Joe’s a good guy, we all criticize each other during this time… But for Joe Biden to talk about qualifications — he’s never run a city, he’s never run a state, he’s never run a business.”

That statement is true for both men on the Democratic ticket.

Follow the link to read the rest of Geraghty’s post to find out how a McCain-Jindal ticket would open the door for the best debate line in the history of the world.

I agree with the commentary above. Obama is a loose cannon and he is as far as you can get from “change.” He is Obama’s attempt to fill the foreign policy/experience void and his past votes on issues like Iraq and partial birth abortion may help to counter Obama’s incredibly liberal Senate voting record. I just wonder how much more material like this is going to be available for television ads. Biden’s politically incorrect, shoot from the hip tendency that gets him into trouble could make him a somewhat endearing character though. He can get away with saying un-PC things that would bury most Republicans. I have not decided whether or not this is a net positive or negative for the Democrats. Biden is so unpredictable that it could go either way. What is a sure thing is that this campaign will not be boring.

Update: Here is McCain campaign reaction to the Biden pick:

ARLINGTON, VA — Today, McCain spokesman Ben Porritt issued the following statement on Barack Obama’s selection of Joe Biden as his running mate:

“There has been no harsher critic of Barack Obama’s lack of experience than Joe Biden. Biden has denounced Barack Obama’s poor foreign policy judgment and has strongly argued in his own words what Americans are quickly realizing — that Barack Obama is not ready to be President.”

There are also some Biden quotes floating around saying how qualified McCain is to be president. I am sure we will be hearing all of those over the next few days.

Update II: Sister Toldjah has a great (must read) Biden post complete with analysis, video and Biden quotes.

Update III: Betsy Newmark has a great post with lots of quotes and links. More Biden analysis here.

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