I’m delighted with the decision to have Joe Biden as Barack Obama’s VP guy.
Initially I was scratchin’ my head, a bit confused…
Some of you may know Biden as the senator from Delaware who once stated, “…You cannot go to a 7/11 or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking.”
He’s also the guy who said of Obama, “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook.”
Ok, so he’s not the most politically correct man on the face of the earth.
Plus he’s old as dirt… I’m just sayin’…
… but, after much consideration I have come to realize the genius in Obama’s decision.
Biden is Obama’s Yin- or Yang-
What I’m trying to say is for all of Obama’s awesomeness, there are some things he simply cannot get away with, and some constituents whose support he cannot gain on his own.
He is older, he’s got tons of experience, he’s Catholic, he’s fearless and he’s white.
People who don’t like Obama’s youth can look to Biden for political longevity… the guy’s been a senator since 1972 after all.
Those who don’t appreciate Obama’s Protestant roots can look to Biden for his Catholic upbringing.
Folks who are uncomfortable with Obama’s race can be comforted by Biden’s whiteness.
Finally, people like me, who don’t like how complacent Obama’s camp has been while under attack by McCain’s people, can rest assured that Biden will not put up with that crap… and has no problem letting McCain and anyone else who gets out of line know it.
There are those that feel Biden’s extensive political experience may actually hurt Obama’s chances.
Some feel that Obama’s message of change may be undercut by the fact that Biden’s been around so long… but I just can’t help but think of that as a good thing for Obama… certainly something that can easily be turned into a plus.
A lot of people have stated they may not vote for Obama because of his youth and lack of experience… bringing Biden on board may very well dispel those fears.
Best of all, and perhaps most importantly, Biden can get away with saying all kinds of things Obama could never get away with saying- and clearly he doesn’t mind filling that role on Obama’s behalf.
Obama needs to be able to show some outrage, maybe get a little mean, and he definitely needs to stick a big ol’ foot in McCain’s ass…
Problem is… he can’t… not by himself, anyway.
People are way too scared of angry black men… so while Obama- by necessity- has to remain calm, cool and collected, Biden gets to be the one diggin’ in everyone’s butt.
The guy may be old, but he obviously isn’t a stick in the mud.
He’s just blunt enough… and entertaining enough… to hold our attention.
Biden is exactly what this campaign needs.