EVERY RULE HAS AN EXCEPTION
You may have noticed my advice this weekend for Barack – that he refrain from nominating a VP who supported the Iraq War back in 2002, lest he inoculate McCain on the issue of his war-mongering. Well … I should have added one exception to that statement.
Senator Joe Biden was one of more than 20 Democratic Senators who supported the War. He also has a big mouth that at times loses control (note his own infamous comment about Barack being “clean” and “articulate”). Plus, he comes from a state – Delaware – that is hardly purple. Nonetheless, I think he would be an inspired choice.
Biden knows foreign policy better than any other leading American statesman, with the possible exception of Dick Lugar (not exactly a possible running mate). He speaks with the kind of authority that E.F. Hutton would be proud of: when Joe Biden speaks, people listen!
Most importantly, he speaks with passion. As I indicated earlier today, that is what has been lacking from Barack’s campaign as of late.
We don’t need candidates who are cooler than the other side of the pillow. We need candidates who have the guts to expose their hearts. In this case, we need a Democratic ticket that can viscerally convince swing voters that we absolutely can’t live with another four years of cowboy foreign policy, massive deficit spending, crappy health care, environmental neglect, and welfare for the ultra-rich. Biden can play a big part in getting that message across. He might even persuade Barack to throw caution to the wind and fight.