"3) I agree with Professor Somin that Biden's selection signifies an Obama campaign policy decision not to slide towards the center, but IMO that is more a matter of how they think the Democratic base will see it. Specifically they are worried about the lefty portion of that base not showing up in November. I.e., Biden's job is to whip up the Democratic base, particularly its lefties, with inflamatory attacks on McCain while Obama himself slides towards the center and appears Presidential by contrast. I.e., Biden is to fill Spiro Agnew's role in the Nixon administration. Bear in mind that Agnew was a moderate Republican governor of Maryland and obediently changed his spots to seem a Republican attack dog as Vice-President."
"... Obama's selection of Biden dramatizes how tone-deaf Obama and his top people are to the perpception that Obama is elitist. They just don't see it. And this will kill them in November."
he has spent most of the last year talking about how unqualified Obama is
Biden promoted McCain as a possible running mate for Kerry in 2004
"...One of the most ludicrous aspects of American politics in the last generation is how Republican politicians in Washington—who live in perfect gilded opulence, and who devote their professional lives to servicing the rich—somehow became the party of the people. And Democrats, whose legislative agenda revolves around helping the middle-class, turned into effete elites."
Republican politicians in Washington—who live in perfect gilded opulence
the lesson of the Swift boat controversy
What's amazing is someone might win the election choosing a running-mate that gaffe-prone.
No, Prof. Kerr, neither you, nor "Earl Warren", nor any of the other commentators have got it right. The real reason is that BHO realized, as his faux Greek Temple was being planned for Thurs. night, that Joe Biden would look better in a toga than would Hillary. "It's the visuals, stupid!"
Kennedy, Feinstein, Kohl, Rockefeller, Kerry, Pelosi, Corzine.
When a Democrat has money, he's rich. When a Republican does, he's successful.
Hmmm, how to explain how 99% of DC's law firm associates are Obama supporters?