By Ed Driscoll · August 22, 2008 10:16 PM · Bobos In Paradise · The Making of the President · The Memory Hole
It's official, according to AP, who's reporting, "Obama picks Biden for veep":
Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware is Barack Obama's pick as vice presidential running mate, The Associated Press has learned.A recollection from Clarence Thomas' autobiography sheds some light on the duplicity of Biden the political hack. Meanwhile, Patrick Rufini has YouTube clips of Biden the gaffe machine: "Joe Biden vs. Joe Biden's Mouth", and Biden's non-gaffes could also come back to haunt him, as Jim Geraghty reminds us of those "'Just Words' That Joe Biden Would Like To Forget."
My immediate take? It's such an offbeat choice that I'm reminded of this classic Seinfeld episode.
Exurban League's immediate take? Brutal.
Biden has a not unrare condition in which the gear box that normally regulates the speed of your mouth has been ground down to a nub and so his mouth can rev at great speeds heedless of where his brain intends to steer it. Those flashes from his enormous teeth are really the equivalent of flashing your brights; he's saying "GET OUT OF THE WAY, I CAN'T STOP THIS THING!"Meanwhile, over at Pajamas, Jennifer Rubin adds:
What a difference a summer makes. Barack Obama began the summer as he began the campaign: the Agent of Change. With the summer drawing to an end, he has chosen a running mate who is as old school as they come and as familiar as a worn-out shoe.Which instantly calls to mind this image of an earlier generation's liberal senator who heard his own higher calling, and cursed with his own penchant for rhetorical excess which also caused him a fair amount of trouble.
Robert Stacy "The Other" McCain also fires up the Tardis: "Is it still too late for Obama-Eagleton?"
The thing is, Joe is old news. Very old news. And he's got no executive experience. To jerk around the national press for a full week, only to deliver Joe Biden -- this is a disappointment. Imagine the reactions of those poor saps getting their text messages: "WTF? Dude. Joe Biden?"Earlier today, I heard Hugh Hewitt playing the bellowing trumpet-powered chorus from Jesus Christ, Superstar whenever he mentioned Obama's name. The truest of the true believers, who believe that Obama is Him--and equally infallible--will somehow rationalize the choice. Mysterious ways, indeed.
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