It’s Biden

At around 9 p.m. (pacific time) last night, news broke that “Democratic sources” said Joe Biden would be Barack Obama’s running mate, CNN and the AP later confirmed the news. Then, at 1 a.m. Saturday morning, the long-awaited text message went out to Obama supporters and media who (like me) slept with their phones by their sides confirming that six-term Delaware Senator Joe Biden would share the ticket with Barack Obama. At first I thought this pick was a bit of a mistake by Obama – but then I realized that, although Biden might not help Obama in the election the way someone like Evan Bayh or Tim Kaine would, the concept of an Obama/Biden White House should have Democrats giddy.

I don’t think there’s anyone in the Senate who knows more about foreign policy than Joe Biden. He has a comprehensive plan for an Iraq withdrawal, he chairs the Committee on Foreign Relations, and he’s been in the Senate for more than three decades (longer than John McCain). If Barack Obama’s message is “Change you can believe in,” Joe Biden’s is “Change you can get through Congress.”

There is no one I could think of that is more capable of advising Barack Obama in the White House than Joe Biden. Sure, Delaware isn’t a battleground state with tons of electoral votes, and Senator Biden is very gaffe-prone. But if we look beyond the next 10 weeks, and more at the next four or eight years, it’s easy to see that Joe Biden is a brilliant pick for Vice-Presidential nominee.

[in the interest of full disclosure, it should be noted that I have some bias for Joe Biden – last year, in a mock Congress, my role was that of the Senior Senator from Delaware. I called myself “Joey B”]

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