Senator Barack Obama has chosen Senator Joseph Biden Jr. of Delaware to be his running-mate, turning to a leading authority on foreign policy and a longtime Washington hand to fill out the Democratic ticket, people told of the decision said.
Obama's selection ended a two-month search that was conducted almost entirely in secret. It reflected a critical strategic choice by Obama: To go with a running-mate who could reassure voters about gaps in his resume, rather than to pick someone who could deliver a state or reinforce Obama's message of change.
The McCain campaign quickly pounced on the announcement with the following TV ad:
As an arrogant blowhard, Biden has had a tendency to stick the proverbial foot in his mouth:
With a 35-year track record in national politics, Biden will most assuredly have many gaffes for which he will have to answer.
It will also be interesting to see how the mainstream media spins Obama's selection. When George W. Bush selected Dick Cheney as his running mate in 2000, the magic word amongst media circles was "gravitas". The implication was that Bush so woefully lacked experience that he needed someone with Cheney's clout to help him be an effective Commander in Chief. Never mind the fact that President Bush served six years in an executive position of government, which gives him much more useful experience than Obama. But now you have a Democrat ticket of an attorney turned "community activist" in only his fourth year in the US Senate teaming with another lawyer who's been in the Senate for almost six full terms.
This selection also seems to be an unwitting admission of Obama's lack of foreign policy aptitude. Biden is the chair of the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. But that shouldn't bring comfort to the American people when you consider his suggestion in October 2001 on how to deal with the 9/11 terrorist attacks. To sum it up, Biden suggested we send $200 million to Iran with "no strings attached." Apparently this was deemed a good will gesture to the Arabs to assure them that America is not focused on their destruction.
Ladies & Gentleman, the Democrat Presidential ticket: A man who thinks Afghans speak Arabic and a guy who doesn't know the difference between Arabs and Persians.