Biden speaks _ and speaks _ his own mind
Aug 23 12:51 AM US/Eastern
By CALVIN WOODWARD
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - Barack Obama told everyone he wanted a running mate who will challenge his thinking, and now he's got one. Joe Biden's tendency to speak his own mind—and speak and speak—is entwined in his DNA.
The loquacious Delaware senator brings more than verbiage to Obama's side. Biden is a foreign policy heavyweight with a decade longer in the Senate than the seasoned Republican presidential candidate, John McCain. That's almost three more decades of experience than his new boss.
In Washington, Biden, 65, is known as a collegial figure even when he's competitive—one who can spin flowery praise one moment and biting fulmination the next.
His second presidential campaign faltered early on, just one of the Democrats shunted to the sidelines as the bracing contest between Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton sucked the air out of the rest of the field.
The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Biden is one of the most influential foreign policy voices in Congress. An internationalist and strong supporter of the United Nations, he is a leading critic of what he sees as the vague, unilateralist approach of President Bush.
Biden voted in 2002 to authorize the Iraq invasion, which Obama opposed from the start. Since then, he's become a firm critic of the conflict and pushed through a resolution last year declaring that Bush's troop increase—now considered a military success—was "not in the national interest."
Calling the Obamafraud "clean" and "articulate" must have done the trick.
Just on Tuesday this week, Biden told reporters "I'm not the guy" when reporters asked him if he would be Obama's running mate.
It will be interesting to see how the rabid liberal base of the Democratic Party reacts to an Obama running mate who has voted to authorize President George W. Bush to go to war with Iraq when it was politically convenient to do so and who now questions the unquestionable success of the troop surge in Iraq.
Biden is Hillary with hair plugs.
Biden is pompous and arrogant. It is a physics miracle that his ego and Obama's coexist in the same Universe.
And I can't wait to watch Biden's sure-to-come verbal diarrhea.
[Update] A smart Democratic nominee-in-waiting would have picked Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, a "moderate" by liberal standards, as his running mate. But then again, the Obamessiah may have figured he would alienate Saint Hillary's supporters if he chose a female running mate other than the megalomaniacal former First Lady.