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Joe Biden? Well, OK. He’s an utterly conventional choice. His name works better than Tim Kaine’s with Obama’s. (Was anyone else dreading those Obama/Kaine signs and bumper stickers? Say it out loud to yourself, if you don’t get it.) He was born in Pennsylvania and is Catholic, and represents a state adjacent to Pennsylvania now, so that will boost the ticket’s chances.
The AP has an uncharitable review of Obama’s choice of Biden, saying that it “[i]n picking Sen. Joe Biden to be his running mate, Barack Obama sought to shore up his weakness — inexperience in office and on foreign policy — rather than underscore his strength as a new-generation candidate defying political conventions.” (H/t TalkLeft. Has the AP been sleeping all summer long, a la Rip Van Winkle? Are they just waking up now to see Obama’s conventional campaign?) Wev. If he chose one of the “fresh new gubenatorial faces” like Kaine or Kathleen Sebelius, the AP could have run a story claiming that Obama’s choice shows a lack of confidence in not wanting a more experienced and seasoned pol as a running mate. The only way to have made his VP choice more than a before-noon story today is to have announced that Hillary Clinton was the gal, but we all knew that that wasn’t going to happen.
Biden is OK by me, but it seems like a kind of reactive, seat-of-the-pants choice, more about responding to the double-invasion of South Ossetia than about a summer-long, deliberative process. Anyhoo, chat amongst yourselves–Historiann is heading up into the mountains for a long run at 12,600 11,800 feet. What a way to end the summer and embrace the coming autumn–up in the mountains, they’ve already had snow!