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lefteh's avatar

Is Biden a good choice?

Asked by lefteh (9429points) August 22nd, 2008

So, the blue ticket this year is Obama/Biden.
Was the senator from Delaware the best choice for Obama? What is Biden going to bring to the ticket? Do you like the choice? Should it have been someone else?
What do you think?

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aidje's avatar

He’ll probably pull in some votes just for growing up in Scranton.

(What’s with the “articulate mainstream blacks” tag?)

jjd2006's avatar

I learned of this MAJOR news from Fluther (or you, lefteh).
Not ABC, not CNN, not NPR. Fluther.
That says something right there.

lefteh's avatar

@aidje: Last year, Biden said “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy” about Obama. It’s gonna come back and haunt us, it looks like.

aidje's avatar

Okay. Thanks for the explanation. I hadn’t heard about that. Kind of a… strange thing for him to say.

lefteh's avatar

Yeah.. he apologized and everything.. but Biden has said a lot of stupid shit. That might be the biggest obstacle for him.

AstroChuck's avatar

Christ, now we have to hear all the right-wingers “hairplug” comments all over again.

Bri_L's avatar

From His Wiki article:

“Then in September 1987, the campaign ran into serious trouble when he was accused of plagiarizing a speech by Neil Kinnock, then-leader of the British Labour Party.[25] Though Biden had correctly credited the original author in all speeches but one, the one where he failed to make mention of the originator was caught on video.[26] Within days, it was also discovered that, while at Syracuse Law School, Biden had plagiarized a law review article in a class paper he wrote. Biden said the act was inadvertent due to his not knowing the proper rules of citation, and Biden was permitted to retake the course.[27] Further, when questioned by a New Hampshire resident about his grades in law school Biden had claimed falsely to have graduated in the “top half” of his class, when he actually graduated 76th in a class of 85.”

At some point I guess we have to trust Obama. He is pretty intelligent. Right? Anyone? Please?

breedmitch's avatar

@Bri_L: Editor of the Harvard Law Review is a little more than “pretty intelligent”.

lefteh's avatar

First in his class….

Bri_L's avatar

thank you breedmitch and lefteh. I just really want to keep believing in Obama.

O bama 0 8

JackAdams's avatar

For the Republicans, Biden is a TERRIFIC choice.

“Turn out the lights, the party’s over…”

August 23, 2008, 4:04 AM EDT

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rawpixels's avatar

I was a Ron Paul supporter, and I consider myself an Independent now. Biden is a very smart guy and a good choice. He’s one of a few sane Democrats.

SuperMouse's avatar

The first thing I thought of when I heard the pick was Biden’s little issue with plagiarizing that speech. Since it was a long time ago and he had cited it every other time – I’m just going to believe that is all behind him and Obama’s campaign has good answers prepared for the inevitable questions and spin. I like Joe Biden, he has experience, and foreign policy know how. I still think Obama is going to win.

Bri_L's avatar

I find that hilarious McCain tried to paint Obama as out of touch with the common man for talking about arugala with farmers.

Nothing more common than not knowing how many houses you own.

@ SuperMouse – My brother and dad and I have been discussing that same thing. If you had that same thought. my brother brought up this point:
“Do a google on any politician and the word lies and you’re in for a
slew of them.

I say pick your issues do your research rank your priorities.”

gailcalled's avatar

Or as JC was alleged to have said, “Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone.”

We can find some faults with anyone..(that’s why I am not running for office.)

We have, most of us, changed our earlier opinions on important issues, I wager.

The job description does not say “Must be perfect.”

McCain’s recent spot ads have made me reach for my Dramamine.

nayeight's avatar

Ew. I really wanted Hilary! What the fuck?!?! This is turning out to be disappointing. I’m still voting for Obama because I couldn’t take it if McCain took office but I’m pissed. Ever since that comment Biden made about Obama, I’ve looked at him as a bit prejudice and I’m worried alot of other Americans who don’t find McCain as frightening will too.

Bri_L's avatar

@ Gail – good poiont.

@ nayeight – I am hoping that comment will be somewhat negated by his being chosen.

I can’t even imagine the scrutiny these people go through

lefteh's avatar

@nayeight: “That comment” was a stupid mistake. Everybody in this race has stupid mistakes in their past. Biden obviously didn’t mean what he said. Plus, McCain has also made stupid racial mistakes in his past. So has Obama, with his average white woman comment. If you ask me, Biden’s comment is the least inflammatory of the three men in the race right now.

Bri_L's avatar

@ lefteh – here here

nayeight's avatar

If something happens to Obama, there has been talk of an assasination attempt if he’s elected, would we be prepared for Joe Biden to be our president?

lefteh's avatar

@Bri: Hear, hear :)

Prepared? What do you mean prepared? Is the nation ready to accept a white, male, experienced, married, Christian senator?

nayeight's avatar

Haha, when you put it that way…I guess the nation would be ready

marinelife's avatar

Biden brings a lot of Congressional savvy that should work to Obama’s benefit in getting his legislative agenda through quickly. He also is the sort of middle-of-the-road, non-threatening type that might reassure fence sitters.

I am, of course, disappointed from the standpoint of wanting a courageous, edgy, forward-lloking choice, but since I want the Republicans out of office more, I can live with it.

Bri_L's avatar

@lefteh no kidding? i have screwed that up my whole life! Thanks!

@ nayeight – There has been talk of assassination?

I think Biden’s experience may help tip some opinions as well.

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