Saturday, August 23, 2008

McCain to one-up Obama, will announce VP choice using smoke signals

Okay, I'm kidding. In the rush by the Obama campaign to show how cutting edge they are, the long awaited pick of Vice Presidential running mate was first announced to the waiting throng of glossy eyed Obama supporters by text message. How neo-modern.

I will be the first to say this was a brilliant marketing campaign move, in theory. Just like signing up for that free Hawaiian vacation at Straw Hat Pizza, the folks who wanted to be the first to know about Obama veep pick are now in the system of the campaign and the DNC. How many text messages for donations will the average Obama supporter receive in the next 60+ days? My guess is forty. Every time a 'McCain attack add' comes out the Obama camp will plead for more money to rebut these mud-slinging charges. Once you're in the system, you're in.

With all the buzz over the way the Obama campaign made the announcement, the choice of running mate seems like another style over substance move. Senator Joe Biden? Really, that's your pick? Amazing.

The Delaware Senator has been in Washington since 1972. Joe Biden is an old school, democratic party insider. Maybe the thought is with Obama's entire national experience sitting at a whopping 143 days served in the United States Senate, he needs someone who has more experience in Washington. I will accept that the ticket does need more weight to it, but Joe Biden? Again I say, wow.

I read somewhere that Joe Biden is a dumb person's idea of a smart person. That fits Biden to a tee. Joe is too smart by half.

As I think about it a little more, Biden is the perfect choice for the DaliBama. You would not want a smart, concise, grounded running mate, you would want someone who is in love with himself and the sound of his own voice almost as much as Obama. The two could drone on and on, serving up class-envy, nuance and moral relativism for hours on end. All without directly answering a question. Come to think of it, its a brilliant choice.

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