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Obama Veepstakes - My Bet is Biden

Biden.jpgHe just seems to be the perfect (meaning liberal) counterpoint to McCain, with a lot more experience and knowledge than McCain in foreign policy matters.

Howard Fineman argued Biden's case at MSNBC a couple hours ago:

Within the last few hours I've spoken with two of the finalists for the role of Barack Obama's running-mate, and to two other sources who are close to the process.

My bottom line is this: Barring a big surprise or last-minute change of heart, the choice is likely to be Sen. Joe Biden of Deleware, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee.

He is a lively and feisty if unpredictable campaigner with working-class roots and a street-level feel for the hot spots of the globe -- which he can use to go toe-to-toe with Sen. John McCain.

"If I had to bet my life on it, I'd bet it is Joe," said one of the other contenders.

Said another, "Barack is moving toward a seasoned Beltway type, and that probably means Biden."

Biden will be great in the Veep debates, and he can (and will, I suspect) hammer on McCain all day long throughout the campaign, matching him mud for mud.

And a source personally close to Obama simply said "Biden makes the most sense."

Besides his experience, Biden brings other things to the table.

He is from a modest Catholic background in Scranton, Pa. He represents Delaware, but has long been a figure in Eastern Pennsylvania -- a key swing state.

And he is a voluble and combative character, even with his ready smile.

"Joe won't be afraid to get in McCain's face, which is what Obama needs," said one non-contender source.

Others have pointed out to Obama that this is why Biden would be hard to control as vice president.

But maybe Obama has decided to worry about that later.

I haven't followed the Republican Veepstakes closely, but I always thought Mitt "the Flipper" Romney was the better Presidential candidate out of the pack - the Christianistas just couldn't stomach Romney's choice of religions.

Maverick McCain may feel comfortable enough in the bosom of the evangelistas these days to take a chance on Romney.

Update: Lieberman is apparently on the short list for McCain's VP as well, something I wrote about back in March in a post titled "Consider a McCain Lieberman Ticket":

I know the suggestion of a McCain Lieberman ticket will make some in the conservative and religious right factions of the GOP spew milk all over their computer screens as they read this, but I can't think of a more powerful way for the centrist McCain to steal back the Reagan Democrats.

It might prompt a third-party bid from a far-right candidate, and it might increase the number of GOP voters who choose 'none of the above' and just stay home one election day...

But it might be the best chance the GOP has to steal away moderate voters. Lieberman has already offered to speak at the Republican Convention in behalf of McCain.

The folks at Politico are offering this:

John McCain is seriously considering choosing a pro-abortion-rights running mate despite vocal resistance from conservatives, with former Democratic vice presidential nominee Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) very much in the mix, close McCain advisers say.

Under strong consideration: former Pennsylvania Republican Gov. Tom Ridge, and Lieberman, who was Al Gore's running mate in 2000.

Multiple GOP sources say that party officials in Washington and in the states have been contacted by the McCain campaign in the past two weeks and asked about the fallout from such a choice. One person familiar with the calls said the party was being instructed to prepare for different candidate prototypes -- including one in the mold of Lieberman, who is an independent but still caucuses with the Democrats.


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Comments (2)

Will:

Obama needs Biden to pull in the people who are on board with him, but not ready to come fully on the Obama express until they see a little more experience backing him up.

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

agreeing with Will, scratching head at Chad.


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