Picking Biden Won't Help Obama Control His Environment

It may be that Sen. Barack Obama texts out his VP choice today. The pundits think it's Joe Biden. Clearly, I hope it's not.

But, what does Biden do for Obama? He gives McCain a wealth of tv commericals to use against him.

Can you just see them now? Biden, saying Obama wasn't ready to be President and the job is "not something that lends itself to on-the-job training."

Or this 20 year old Biden campaign commercial:[More...]

The White House isn't a place to learn how to deal with international crisis, the balance of power... the economic future of the next generation,'' the narrator of Biden's 1988 ad for the Democratic nomination said. "The president has got to know the territory.''

Or Biden, saying about Obama, he's "the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean."

What fun they will have with the politics of change and bringing a new kind of politics to Washington , when Biden's been in the U.S. Senate since Nixon was President.

Or with Obama's railing against lobbyists when Biden's ties to MBNA and the credit card companies are legendary.

The late Hunter S. Thompson always said that politics is the art of controlling your environment. If there's one thing a Biden pick will show us all, it's that Obama hasn't learned that lesson yet.

These weren't one time comments by Biden:

Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) Reaffirmed That Obama Was Not Ready To Be Commander In Chief. ABC's George Stephanopoulos: "You were asked is he ready. You said 'I think he can be ready, but right now I don't believe he is. The presidency is not something that lends itself to on-the-job training.'" Sen. Biden: "I think that I stand by the statement." (ABC's "This Week," 8/19/07)

Sen. Biden: "Having talking points on foreign policy doesn't get you there." ("Biden Lashes Out At Obama," ABC News' "Political Radar" Blog, blogs.abcnews.com, 8/2/07)

For all the change that Obama promised to bring to politics in Washington, how's Obama going to explain driving up with Joe Biden in his father's Oldsmobile?

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    For al those reasons (none / 0) (#1)
    by ruffian on Thu Aug 21, 2008 at 04:46:24 AM EST
    I think it is Bayh instead.

    It won't be Biden. I think it'll be Bayh or Kaine. (none / 0) (#2)
    by rooge04 on Thu Aug 21, 2008 at 05:04:03 AM EST
    Besides, didn't HRC bring up the same points as Biden does here?  And she's taken her place under the motor of the bus.

    not quite. (none / 0) (#3)
    by p lukasiak on Thu Aug 21, 2008 at 06:16:30 AM EST
    Biden said "he's not there yet".  Clinton's demurral ("you'll have to ask him"), expressed doubts, rather than saying right out that Obama wasn't ready.

    Biden is cover (none / 0) (#4)
    by txpolitico67 on Thu Aug 21, 2008 at 08:49:05 AM EST
    It will be Kaine.  Even a novice like myself KNOWS that a 3 EV Senator from a SUPER safe blue state is going to bring NOTHING to the table, as opposed to Kaine, who would help with the full throttle efforts of getting VA to turn blue.  Obama's and his campaign have made VA some kind of threshold they MUST win in the GE.

    I see it as "well, we may have lost BUT WE TOOK VIRGINIA!"

    Yeah... (none / 0) (#5)
    by DancingOpossum on Thu Aug 21, 2008 at 10:07:08 AM EST
    I keep shaking my head at the Obama team's obsession with the Old Dominion.

    I know I sound like a broken record, but it ain't happening, guys, give it up. I would bet money on this one.

    'DC is where ideas go to die' ... (none / 0) (#6)
    by RonK Seattle on Thu Aug 21, 2008 at 10:16:31 AM EST
    ... and Biden is Sr. Staff Associate at the Hospice?

    It's not just the 'not ready' statement (none / 0) (#7)
    by waldenpond on Thu Aug 21, 2008 at 11:46:43 AM EST
    but combined with Obama... (clip of economic issues) he's not ready, above my pay grade, (clip of war zone) he's not ready, above my pay grade, (clip of flip-flops) he's not ready, above my pay grade (clip of gaffes, goes to judgment) he's not ready, above my pay grade...... oh yeah, that's a winning ticket.

    Nice car though... (none / 0) (#8)
    by desertswine on Thu Aug 21, 2008 at 03:08:55 PM EST
    1952 Olds 88?

    Paul Begala was just on CNN (none / 0) (#9)
    by tnjen on Thu Aug 21, 2008 at 04:04:10 PM EST
    ...saying it was Biden. He was definitely sure of himself and analyzing the upcoming race as if Biden were on the ticket but I don't know if he was putting us on or what. He also seemed rather cheerful.