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Cold Warrior
08-24-2008, 09:29 AM
An interesting comparison between GWB and Obama. Both are/were weak on experience, particularly in foreign affairs, and both chose a running mate to deflect that criticism. I personally think Biden's Obama's best choice as he answers those with concerns about Obama's toughness on national security and defense without detracting significantly from his populist message (although the bankruptcy/credit card issues could be a problem with that).


New 'Cheney' is safe pick as Obama chooses Biden's experience
Saturday, August 23rd 2008, 4:43 PM

Barack Obama borrowed a page from George Bush's playbook with his pick.

Meet the new Dick Cheney. By picking Joe Biden as his running mate, Barack Obama has taken a page out of George Bush's successful 2000 campaign and named a partner who knows a thing or two about the adult world.

For many Democrats and independents, it will be a reassuring choice, if not an exciting one.

Ofcourse, what with the Darth Vader comparisons, Bush's choice of theonce-respected Dick Cheney has been a disaster. And Biden brings his own baggage, so he's certainly not risk-free.

But polls show Obama is facing serious voter doubts about his youth and inexperience,and he picked the VP candidate on his short list whose experience and gravitas could best address those doubts. All the others, from HillaryClinton to Evan Bayh of Indiana, would have been overtly designed to deliver a state, a voting bloc or a special interest.

Biden,although he is a Catholic and has a working-class background, offers no gain in clear, measurable ways. Instead, he is schooled in the ways Obama is not - in Washington and in foreign policy. He can also make the "values" case, as he did repeatedly Saturday, that might be more believable to voters who have proved immune to Obama's charm.

Most important, Biden can step into the Oval Office in an emergency.

More... (http://www.nydailynews.com/opinions/2008/08/23/2008-08-23_new_cheney_is_safe_pick_as_obama_chooses.html)

GrumpyOldLady
08-24-2008, 11:53 AM
Obama picked Biden's 'experience'. Why? To fill in the gaps in his own resume.

So why the hell didn't the dems just pick someone with experience to begin with for the top of the ticket instead of having to pick a VP to fill in the fact that their messiah has none (except with Chicago mobsters).

They are running their campaign backwards.

Cold Warrior
08-24-2008, 11:57 AM
Obama picked Biden's 'experience'. Why? To fill in the gaps in his own resume.

So why the hell didn't the dems just pick someone with experience to begin with for the top of the ticket instead of having to pick a VP to fill in the fact that their messiah has none (except with Chicago mobsters).

They are running their campaign backwards.

One could ask the same question regarding the R's in 2000. Experience isn't the only determining factor in a party chosing a candidate, obviously. The last truly "experienced" person elected to a first term was GHWB, who had been in Congress, UN Rep, Director of the CIA, and VP. And, now, a one term president.