The wait is finally over and Joe Biden is the man. While I’m disappointed that the pick wasn’t either Bill Richardson or my old friend, Tim Kaine, I understand exactly why Obama picked Biden. Yesterday all the buzz both at the office and socializing after was about the pick. I said that I was sure that it was going to be Biden. I thought Evan Bayh was too conservative and Tim Kaine too inexperienced and that Hillary had too much baggage. Too bad I didn’t place any bets.
Watching the Springfield rally today, I realized Biden could play the role that Obama can’t play and still appear “Presidential”. Biden can go on the attack and link McCain to W and and the wrong direction of the country. I’m not sure any of the other potentials could do this with the same experience base, the same familiarity with McCain. I think he shores up the Democratic base but I’m still not sure that he can bring along white voters who can’t bring themselves to vote for a black man.
I know there are a lot of questions about whether Biden can “stay on message” with his history of rambling and putting his foot in his mouth. I heard one comment (sorry can’t remember who but it on one thousand panelists on MSMBC – maybe John Harwood) that remarks like the Biden’s about not being able to go into a convenience store without hearing an Indian accent might solicit a nod of agreement among those who don’t worry about being politically correct, that they might look at it as just a statement of fact.
But in my neighborhood things are hopping. I was doing voter registration at the local supermarket this morning. We were careful to remain neutral, but folks registering and people just passing by expressed many times that they had registered or were registering because of the importance of the election. We even recruited one of the store workers to help up round up the unregistered. He said that everyone had to vote because this was a “very important election”. Lots of people said that they were for Obama and were taking registration cards home to friends and family. We even had one fellow changing his address because is had been a Biden supporter during the primary and now wanted to be sure he could vote for him.
I think with Barak Obama, the inspirational leader, and Joe Biden, the experienced plain talker, we may have a winning team.