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April 2, 2014

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Jewish World Review August 26, 2008 / 25 Menachem-Av 5768

Slow Joe, the outsider!? They must think we're stupid

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The funniest of several mirthful moments in the Democrats' vice presidential candidate rollout was the assertion by aides for Sen. Barack Obama that though he's been in the U.S. Senate for more than 35 years, Joe Biden isn't a Washington insider because he takes the train home to Wilmington every night.


Do they really believe this? Or is it just that they think we're stupid enough to believe it?


The only running mate who could have moved the needle much for Sen. Obama was Hillary Clinton, and he had powerful reasons other than electability for not selecting her.


But Slow Joe?


If Mr. Obama had been more confident, he would have selected either Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine or Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. Either would have reinforced his primary campaign theme of being a welcome change from the old ways of Washington. Gov. Kaine had the additional advantage of likely turning historically Republican Virginia blue. And although there is little likelihood Gov. Sebelius could have delivered Kansas, her skill in working with a GOP legislature would have reinforced another Obama primary theme, that of reaching across party lines.


But either would have exacerbated Sen. Obama's inexperience in foreign policy. His boss really wanted to select Ms. Sebelius, an "Obama insider" told the American Spectator's Washington Prowler, but "we needed the foreign policy on the bottom of the ticket more than we want to admit."


If Sen. Obama had been more prudent, he'd have selected Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana. Sen. Bayh served two terms as governor before being elected to the Senate in 1998, so he has the experience Sen. Obama lacks. In the Senate he serves on the Armed Services and Intelligence committees, which touch the foreign policy base. He probably couldn't flip Indiana from red to blue, but he'd have made things uncomfortable for Sen. McCain in a state Mr. McCain must win. And although Sen. Bayh rarely says anything memorable, he never says anything stupid.


Which brings us back to Slow Joe, who has a Ferrari for a mouth, but a Chevette for a brain. The first moves so much faster than the second that he frequently gets himself in trouble.


"As he goes on and on and spins his long statements, hypotheticals and free associations, as he demonstrates yet again...that he is incapable of staying on the river of thought, and is constantly lured down tributaries from which he can never quite work his way back -- you can see him batting the little paddles of his mind against the weeds, trying desperately to return to the river, but not remembering where it is," Peggy Noonan wrote in the Wall Street Journal in 2006.


Ms. Noonan used to be a speechwriter for Ronald Reagan. But a year earlier, David Ignatius of the Washington Post, who normally has kind things to say about Democrats, described Sen. Biden as "a man who... seems more impressed with the force of his own intellect than an objective evaluation would warrant. Listening to Biden, you sense how hungry he is to be president, but you have little idea what he would do, other than talk...and talk."


The Obama campaign evidently considers Sen. Biden to be a foreign policy expert, because he has served on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for nearly 30 years, and been its chairman for the last two.


But, said Democratic blogger Mickey Kaus, Mr. Biden "doesn't have gravitas. He has seniority."


Sen. Biden strongly supported going to war in Iraq. But he opposed the troop surge, which proves you don't have to be young and inexperienced to be spectacularly wrong. But let's assume voters pay more attention to Sen. Biden's job title than to what he's done in it. The pick is problematic for Sen. Obama in other ways.


Sen. Biden has shown a fondness for the PAC money Sen. Obama has made a fetish of eschewing. His son, Hunter, is one of those lobbyists Sen. Obama criticizes, one who's been accused of fraud. Sen. Biden himself has close ties to Tony Rezko accomplice Joseph Cari, who has pled guilty to extortion. Mr. Rezko was Sen. Obama's earliest benefactor, and it is not helpful to have voters reminded of the association.


Sen. Biden is nearly as old as Sen. McCain, which makes it harder to attack Mr. McCain on his age. Mr. McCain was in the Hoa Lao prison when Sen. Biden entered the Senate, which makes attacks on Sen. McCain as a "Washington insider" hilarious.


Hello Slow Joe. Goodbye hopenchange.

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