TWO FOOLS AND A PREDICTION
Let me begin with a confession. I was wrong in suggesting that Joe Biden would be a decent choice for Veep notwithstanding his support for the Iraq War. I hadn’t bothered to research all the crazy things the man has said in the past two years which, taken together, would almost certainly sink the Obama campaign if they were attributed to his VP nominee. Now that Biden's comments are out in the open, only a fool would suggest that Biden and Obama could run on the same ticket. My apologies to the readers of this blog.
I still like Joe B as a man and as a statesman. But a VP for Barack Obama? Don’t think so.
The second fool is none other than the ex-Maverick turned right-wing suck-up, John McCain. Last weekend at Saddleback, I was impressed with his speaking skills. Today, though, he has me shaking my head.
How can a guy run for President at a time that could arguably be called a recession and not know how many friggen houses he has? I thought that his entire charm was that he was a regular guy – someone we can relate to. How can any of us relate to someone who has so many homes that he can’t even number them? This isn't even an issue of his being rich. I bet most billionaires know the number of their homes.
More importantly, how can a guy like this possibly understand what it means to be hurting economically? No wonder he’s already admitted that he doesn’t know much about economics.
Here’s my advice to McCain going forward. Find out something, anything about your personal assets, just in case the topic might come again on the campaign trail. It's frankly not enough to repeat the mantra "I was a POW, I was a POW, I was a POW," as if that means you know what's it's like to be poor in 2008. We all recognized that you did your time, but that was more than 30 years ago. A lot has changed since then -- including your wives. Apparently, the second one (the much younger, much richer one) has a habit of buying stuff. That's fine, but if it's jointly in your name, you might want to open your eyes to what your wife is doing, just like the rest of us married men do.
So OK. That’s it for the two fools. Now the prediction:
I’ve been thinking about this Democratic VP pick, and there really does seem to be only one sensible choice. His name is Jack Reed. War hero. Graduated first in his class at West Point. Democratic Senator who opposed the Iraq War in 2002. Someone who gets along with Barack. And a name that has been kept relatively quiet, which means that his selection should generate more buzz.
He’s the guy, or at least he should be. Watch and see if it happens. We'll know within a day or two.