Well, I said we were probably wrong…
So much for our Veep prognostication abilities. But I did predict that McCain was going to be the GOP nominee back in May of 2007. Yeah, I’ll cling to that.
I’m OK with the Biden pick, too. Aside from the loathsome bankruptcy bill (which can be seen as constituent service, since he’s from Delaware), Biden is strong in many areas: foreign policy, labor, economics among them. He doesn’t suffer fools gladly, and he’s good at devastating an opponent with a well-timed zinger. The thought of him facing off against Romney in a VP debate fills me with glee. And I suspect that his age (65) will make him unlikely to want to be president in eight years, leaving the field open for another relatively young Dem candidate. All in all, a wise choice by Obama, one that gets the job done.
Here’s a good take on the pick, from Ezra Klein:
There was a hope in the early days of the Obama campaign that different would be enough. Different in aesthetics and experience and age and ideas. Different would assert change. Kathleen Sebelius would have represented change. Visually, her and Obama on a stage together would have been the most powerful image of political transformation in decades. But a choice like her presupposed belief. Otherwise, you’d be adorning a cathedral that had no promise of parishioners.
Turned out not to be true. So they needed an arguer. Someone able to make the case that the other guy is wrong, and Obama is right. That’s, fundamentally, what Biden represents. Biden doesn’t presuppose belief. He’s a persuader. Sometimes at great length, sometimes to the point of virtual self parody, but fundamentally, his political style has always been to argue until everyone else agrees.
Click through and read the whole thing.