‘SAFE’ PICK FOR TICKET LEAVES WOMEN SCORNED (published on The New York Post, August 24)
It doesn’t take a political genius to realize that Barack Obama needed to nominate a woman for vice president.
Obama’s key problem is that there is no gender gap. In the most recent Zogby poll, he runs only two points better among women than among men. A Democrat should be running 10 to 15 points better among women.
If Obama is to have a hope of winning, he needs to improve his performance among female voters. A Fox News poll indicated that only about half of those who backed Hillary Rodham Clinton in the primaries are voting for Obama and that fully one in five plans to support John McCain.
The ticket will nominally be Obama-Biden. But, to millions of American women it will be Obama and not Hillary.
Read it all... (I skipped almost the entire piece to reach the end)
Today on O'Reily's radio show, Bill speculated that Biden was chosen to give the campaign a more "centrist" appeal because Obama sounds like an extreme liberal to most voters. Fair enough, check out CNN's Joe Biden page. CNN gives us the following "centrist" quote:
This is not about experience. It's not about change. It's about action. Who among us is going to be able to, on Day 1, step in and end the war?
-- at the November 15 CNN Democratic debate
I'm sure there are a lot more quotes worth looking into from Biden during the last year - most of which blast Obama on every possible issue. This one in particular, I think, shows how Biden is anything but a centrist. Obama says Biden is ready to act as President from day 1, is Obama? Obviously - Biden's action on such a day 1 would be to declare immediate surrender on all fronts and thus end the war. Great pick.
Well now it is about experience, and change, not about action - and I believe both Biden and Obama are lying about what they would do regarding the war on day 1. But you never know - they might surrender as promise.
It seems to me that while a whole lot of hoopla was manufactured over the weekend regarding Obama's VP - by now, no one really cares.
I have a feeling the McCain campaign had a hunch it might be Biden. They were quick to release an add showing us what Biden thinks of Obama and McCain.
VP picked for Democrats - check. Who cares? Seems like no one, perhaps that was the goal, make as little waves as possible by not picking Hillary. Moving on...