I know one person well who is a friend of Barack. Several weeks ago, I told this person that Barack absolutely, positively should select Joe Biden as his VP. There’s no need to explain my reasoning again – I hyped this choice on this blog just this past Monday night.
But then something happened – I read all the things Joe has said during the past several years: (a) praising McCain, as one who is qualified to be President; (b) belittling Barack, as someone who was not yet qualified to be President; and c) explaining why the United States needed to invade Iraq, even if the invasion kept us there for a decade. It became clear that the McCain campaign should be able to have a field day pitting these two Democratic running mates AGAINST each other.
At this point, I must confess to being confused. Yes, that’s right – a blogger admits genuine confusion. It’s probably not something we’re supposed to do. We’re supposed to suggest that we have all the answers. We’re supposed to be loud and proud in our assessments. Right?
Well, it’s impossible for me to be cocky about the prospects of a running mate whose words can be constantly shoved up the you-know-what of my beloved Presidential candidate. And yet … I also cannot forget the reasons why I had for so long thought of Joe Biden as the perfect choice for VP.
Maybe Joe's pugnacity and credibility can reinvigorate what has been a moribund campaign as of late. Maybe he, more than any other American, can effectively reassure voters that Barack is qualified and ready to lead. Maybe he can figure out a way to spin his previous statements in a way as to minimize their force, and persuade middle-America that McCain’s reliance on those statements is mere “politics as usual.” In short, maybe Joe's stupid comments will provide a trap door for McCain, encouraging him to go even more negative than he might otherwise go, while at the same time allowing Barack to latch onto Joe's passion and ride the high road to victory.
One thing is for sure: Joe Biden possesses exactly what Barack Obama lacks. He complements Barack like no other statesman does. And if Barack were to somehow win this election, Joe Biden would appear to make an excellent Vice President. I’m going to keep that in mind for a bit while the media hammers away at the “electability” issue.
Hopefully, something can happen at the Convention next week to bring Hillary’s voters into the fold. If Barack has figured out a way to swing that, which would be no small feat but is not beyond the realm of possibility, maybe he won’t have to worry as much about campaigning in the fall as about governing in the winter. If he ever gets to that point, he’ll have one hell of an authentic, seasoned, articulate, respected, and knowledgeable voice at his side.
In short, Joe Biden's big fat mouth may yet sink Barack Obama's chances. But how can you not like the guy? And if people do like him, and they trust the thrust of what he has to say, more and more voters might just come to like Barack Obama.