“SPEAKS SO WELL” APPARENTLY IS A COMPLIMENT
FITSNews – August 23, 2008 – Eighteen months after saying that Barack Obama was “the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy,” Democratic Senator Joe Biden has officially been tapped as Obama’s running mate.
Obama made the announcement, as promised, via text message to his supporters at 3:00 a.m. this morning, with a formal announcement scheduled for today at 2:00 p.m. in Springfield, Illinois.
Biden – a thirty-five year veteran of the Senate who chairs its foreign relations committee – is supposed to compensate for Obama’s inexperience and perceived weaknesses in foreign policy. In fact, Biden said last year that he didn’t think Obama was “ready to be president” because of his foreign policy deficiencies.
“Senator Biden will be a purposeful and dynamic vice president who will help Senator Obama both win the presidency and govern this great country,” said Hillary Clinton, who herself was rumored for awhile to be on Obama’s veeplist.
Locally, S.C. Republican Party Chairman Katon Dawson put out a statement (surprise!) blasting Biden, saying the Delaware Senator has “a record of raising taxes on hard-working families, voting to fund abortions with tax dollars and voting in favor of strict gun control.”
Having dispensed with the social conservative “red meat” checklist, Dawson added, “Barack Obama claims to be the â€˜changeâ€™ candidate, but after four decades in the U.S. Senate his running mate Joe Biden personifies Washingtonâ€™s failed status quo.”
Anyway, we’re just glad Obama finally picked somebody, despite the fact his selection has violated the Chris Rock rule.
“Speaks so well” is not a compliment, people.
UPDATE – Damn, there’s already a poll out showing the impact of Biden’s selection on the presidential race …