Barack America & the Blue Collar Pitbull
My first thought upon hearing Joe Biden was Obama's choice for his vice president was that the Democratic powers on high had insisted this be so - surely Obama couldn't be that insecure in his own inadequacy - he has never exhibited anything other than the audacity of celestial preordinance - he is the chosen one after all and can do no wrong. I then asked myself 'why' would any sane person select such a pompous, bombastic running mouth as a running mate. The only answer that doesn't befuddle or require mental and political contortions beyond the capacity of sound reason is that Obama had no choice. So why, then?
First, I think Camp Obama hopes to have Biden's notorious gift of gaffe act as a lightning rod, thus deflecting attention away from the woefully shallow newcomer and his empty rhetoric, lofty sounding though it is. Second, I think the real movers and shakers realize that Obama is a fatally flawed candidate, almost certain to lose in November - perhaps resoundingly so - and they insisted on having what they consider their best attack dog in traces with the empty suit, hoping beyond hope the two of them might reverse the sure and steady downward spiral of Barack Obama in the public's perception.
But there may be one more thing in play. I believe Biden's selection will convince enough floor delegates to vote for Hillary Clinton in Denver. Biden's ego is far too great to grasp that possibility, the party faithful are far too stupid and numbed by the ascendancy of their new Messiah to consider it and the American voter is wholly preoccupied just now with vacations and back-to-school to care. I also think that the young turks of the Democratic party would like nothing better than to see Joe Biden go away - they want his senate seat for a younger, more disciplined, new brand of Democrat. Biden represents the old school coalition - big labor, backroom deals and unfettered patronage and graft. The new Democrat is a person of many colors - infinite shades of grey, brown, black, and most importantly - green. Biden is old factory manufacturing union labor and lily white. Thowing him to the dogs is a gift to the new Democrats.
If you doubt my analysis, you've only to watch and hear the two together - as they were today at the campaign kickoff event in Springfield. The young charismatic vessel of change reading so deftly from multiple teleprompters, words ever so silky smooth and well-delivered and the old sweaty, blustering red-faced remnant of a Democratic party of days long gone by. The contrast could not have been more startling or stark. I submit that you'll likely not see the two together again after the national convention next week.