Snarky Behavior

Joe Biden

August 25, 2008 · 1 Comment

I know some friends who were disappointed with the choice of Biden, but I really like the pick.  I think (and I could be mistaken) that the disappointment was more strategic than ideological… it’s unclear how a Senator from Delaware helps in key swing states, with the possible exception of Pennsylvania.

Still though, Obama’s perceived weakness is the 3am emergency, and there’s nobody in Congress with more knowledge and experience on foreign affairs than Biden.  Not that this helped John Kerry… but I think Biden has a way about him of assuring his expertise and leadership on issues without carrying the ivory tower stigma:

Now, it’s relatively easy to rip into a one-trick pony like Giuliani, but as Joe Klein reports, Biden can take it to McCain as well:

Biden called me in June to express his amazement that McCain continued to insist that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was the leader of Iran, even after I pointed out–during a press conference–that the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei controlled Iran’s foreign policy and nuclear program. McCain’s response was that the “average American” thought Ahmadinejad was Iran’s leader…and Biden proceeded to jump all over that in a subsequent interview with Think Progress:

I don’t want an average American as president. I have great respect for average — average Americans don’t want an average American president of the United States of America. I want someone above average. I want someone who knows what they’re dealing with. And it surprises me that John didn’t understand the complexities of the power struggle going on in Iran right now.

Categories: Opinion
Tagged: , , , ,

1 response so far ↓

  • dj m // August 26, 2008 at 7:21 am | Reply

    I’ve seen Kerry in person, and he walks kind of like a dumb person – kind of like our fearless leader. Joe Biden knows how to stand up to a podium like a smart man. He also can come to negotiations with Obama and speak for him in technical meetings, like Tom Hagen in The Godfather. Furthermore, while Obama could beat Biden in chess, Biden could probably beat Obama in Settlers of Catan, certainly in Monopoly. Scrabble is a toss-up.
    And props on correcting McCain.

Leave a Comment