Monday, August 25, 2008 | 11:53am
Obama Waits Until The Very Last Minute And Picks Joe Biden
Let’s take a look at what this running mate choice means.
I reported a couple a weeks ago about how the Obama campaign was gonna make sure that supporters were gonna be the first people who knew who Obama had picked as a running mate via text message. At 3:11 am on Saturday I did indeed did get a text message from the Obama campaign saying that Barack had picked Joe Biden to be his running mate. I was not excited or surprised. I was just kinda annoyed that I was awaken to be told something I had already heard a couple hours earlier on CNN. Yet upon thinking about it I was intrigued by what was going on.
So let’s look at the two stories that are going on here. The obvious story is that Obama has a running mate now and it is not Hillary Clinton. The less obvious story is how the Obama campaign has been playing the media like a fiddle by teasing them as to when the running mate was going to be announced and thus leaving John McCain standing around for almost a week saying “hey. what about me?”. Starting last Monday the media did nothing but talk about Obama as they waited to find out who the running mate was. Then after all that waiting CNN’s John King was thrown a bone right before the text message went out to everyone else telling them the pick was Joe Biden.
Let’s Talk about this choice of Joe Biden as running mate. There seem to be two schools of thought when it comes to Obama supporters opinons on what it takes to gain victory. “Obama needs Hillary to win the election” and “F*ck Hillary”. I personally fall into the second school of thought. I’m kinda tired of Clinton supporters acting like the Clintons are some type of political gods that must be appeased for anything to happen in the Democratic Party. And from the looks of it Obama himself seems to subscribe to the second school of thought also.
Do I think picking Hillary would have helped Obama? Probably but he would have certainly been overshadowed by Hillary’s personality and Obama must appear to be the one running the show. Hillary on the ticket would have made Obama look weak and it would have seemed like he was bullied into taking her as a running mate which is exactly what certain people were trying to do to him.
Instead he picked Joe Biden. If you asked me, this was the best possibly choice he could have made. Biden is a super powerful senator from Delaware who has all types of foreign policy experience which Obama lacks. Biden who has strong support amongst blue collar whites, grew up in my home state of Pennsylvania which is a very important swing state and a must win for Obama. Biden is also one of the most gangsta politicians in Washington, known for his aggressive style of speaking and getting things done.
Unfortunately there are some dumb @$$ Clinton supporters that are so bitter over Clinton not getting the nomination and then not getting the VP nod that they are vowing to vote for John McCain. Because that makes a lot of sense right? You’re pissy your candidate lost so you vote for a candidate that has a polar opposite platform than the person you supported instead of going with the person who would be essentially the second best thing, Obama. I used to say over zealous black people were gonna cost Barack the election but it might just be dumb @$$ Hillary supporters.
Nation, I’ll let you weigh in though. With recent polls taken after the choice of Biden showing that Obama and McCain are exactly tied with voter support with almost 1/3 of all former Clinton supporters saying they are gonna vote for McCain, was Biden really the right choice?
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