In the dead of night, Obama announces VP choice

posted at 7:02 am on August 23, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

I’m not sure a political campaign could possibly screw up a running-mate announcement as badly as Team Obama.  The e-mail message that the world awaited for days finally came — at 4:50 am ET.  As widely known late the evening before, Barack Obama picked Joe Biden to be his VP nominee, but apparently he didn’t want too many people to know it:

Ed –

I have some important news that I want to make official.

I’ve chosen Joe Biden to be my running mate.

Joe and I will appear for the first time as running mates this afternoon in Springfield, Illinois — the same place this campaign began more than 19 months ago.

Let’s emphasize the timing of this announcement.  Supposedly, Team Obama planned to release this when all the hip kids would have their cell phones at the ready and Blackberries in operation.  At least, that was the excuse we heard when Wednesday, Thursday, and then Friday slipped away and Obama hadn’t made his announcement.

So when did the Magic Text Message come?  After last call in every time zone in the lower 48.  The people in Hawaii were awake, though.

Of course, picking Joe Biden would be a fairly good reason to bury the news.  Biden has a long history of really foolish statements, and managed to set a record for kneecapping a campaign through a verbal fumble.  On the day Biden launched his own presidential campaign, he made this reference to his new partner:

“I mean, you’ve got the first sort of mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a story-book, man,” Biden said.

Joe Biden also pushed the surge a little after John McCain publicly called for it, which conflicts with Barack Obama’s obstinate refusal to acknowledge it worked.  However, Biden also called for the US to impose an ethnic partition in Iraq over the objections of the Iraqis themselves — a position he maintained during the entirety of his presidential campaign.  The Biden Plan would have meant a real civil war in Iraq, and probably a genocide, as anyone who has studied the history of partitions would know.

Democrats want Biden because they want an attack dog, since Obama supposedly is too nice to fight back — despite spending the summer smearing John McCain as a racist.  As I noted earlier this week, Biden told serial lies on the campaign trail in 1987 about his background and education, rudely dismissed a voter by telling him that he (Biden) had a “bigger IQ”, and most notoriously plagiarized a speech from British Labour Party leader Neil Kinnock.  All of this will come out in this election.

But in the end, one has to wonder how Hope and Change and “cleaning up Washington” fits with selecting a running mate who’s been there longer than John McCain. More than half of Biden’s 66 years have been spent in the Senate; he took office during the Nixon Administration.  All of those ads about how John McCain was responsible for the state of the nation because he’d been in office for over 25 years now apply equally to Barack Obama’s running mate. Why not pick a governor like Bill Richardson, who had plenty of foreign-policy experience, or even Kathleen Sebelius, who may have bridged the gap between himself and most of the women angry with Hillary Clinton’s defeat?

If Obama needs Biden as a sherpa, then maybe he shouldn’t have been running for President in the first place.  That kind of admission maybe suits the timing of this announcement, too.

Update: Here’s some applicable video:


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Richardson had such a terrible appearance on This Week a couple of weeks ago that he was an embarrassment and would have been more of one with people actually listening to him. Also, he grew a beard and became known as Judas to the Hillary supporters.

rgeaste on August 23, 2008 at 11:56 AM

MarkABinVA on August 23, 2008 at 10:58 AM

I agree, Cynthia McKinney is a better choice. For Republicans. Why do liberals draw out syllable words? At least he didn’t say “like” every other word.

Cindy Munford on August 23, 2008 at 11:57 AM

What time was it in Europe when he made the announcement?

exhelodrvr on August 23, 2008 at 11:57 AM

Joe Biden? Damn, what a disappointment. I heard from a reliable source it was gonna be Antonio Villaraigosa. As for Biden, a 35-year career politician?

NOW THAT’S CHANGE!!!!

DfDeportation on August 23, 2008 at 11:59 AM

The motorcade is on Fox right now. All I can think to say is: GO, O.J., GO!!

Think_b4_speaking on August 23, 2008 at 12:00 PM

At least Biden doesn’t need a teleprompter to speak. He doesn’t even need a brain, apparently.

RBMN on August 23, 2008 at 12:03 PM

RBMN on August 23, 2008 at 12:03 PM

He needs one to tell him to shut up.

Cindy Munford on August 23, 2008 at 12:06 PM

There must be a really really really harsh rift between Hillary and The Dali Bama to not select her…

DfDeportation on August 23, 2008 at 12:07 PM

Biden was chosen to give opponents an easy target to beat up thereby drawing fire away from Obama

TheBigOldDog on August 23, 2008 at 12:07 PM

Did anyone ever think that maybe all the decent choices turned Obama down? And releasing the news at 4:30 am est on a Saturday morning reminds me of the how the Clintons would dump their bad news.

Ann NY on August 23, 2008 at 12:08 PM

Now, if McCain were smart, he would pick Sarah Palin.

Then, it would be his election to lose.

Conservative_SAHM on August 23, 2008 at 12:09 PM

coldwarrior on August 23, 2008 at 11:21 AM

cw, we can’t stand another four years of Bush [slightly heavier] Lite or Mc’Same.

The way it’s goin’ by that time; it’ll be totally , Great Wall-Mart and Target-цель.

Between the two; they’ll have all our greenbacks and all our property without firing a shot…?

J_Gocht on August 23, 2008 at 12:09 PM

Did anyone ever think that maybe all the decent choices turned Obama down? And releasing the news at 4:30 am est on a Saturday morning reminds me of the how the Clintons would dump their bad news.
Ann NY on August 23, 2008 at 12:08 PM

Everyone else dropped out because they were terrified of his bus. :)

Conservative_SAHM on August 23, 2008 at 12:12 PM

Just saw Obama Biden up on the TV screen …
and thought it said Osama bin Laden at a glance…

Buzzy on August 23, 2008 at 11:02 AM

Well there goes the dyslexic vote.
I’m dyslexic. Sometime the headlines freak me out until I’ve read them two or three times.

Beto Ochoa on August 23, 2008 at 12:13 PM

Pragmatism…

“…an American movement in philosophy founded by C. S. Peirce and William James and marked by the doctrines that the meaning of conceptions is to be sought in their practical bearings, that the function of thought is to guide action, and that truth is preeminently to be tested by the practical consequences of belief.

Nothing novel about Obama/Biden feigning pragmatism via Fascistic Newspeak.

DNC wet dream: truth is preeminently to be tested by the practical consequences of belief; Hopenchange, Obamaland (formerly Washington D.C., USA).

maverick muse on August 23, 2008 at 12:17 PM

J_Gocht on August 23, 2008 at 12:09 PM

I know you’re trying, but do detect a certain lack of enthusiasm in your attitude today. We all admire someone who plugs away when times get tough. Be positive,..and don’t forget to respond to those Obama requests for cash coming from that email addy you sent to receive the good news. How would you feel about Hillary as a candidate, if it comes to that?

a capella on August 23, 2008 at 12:18 PM

What time was it in Europe when he made the announcement?

exhelodrvr on August 23, 2008 at 11:57 AM

Food for thought.

whitetop on August 23, 2008 at 12:18 PM

At least Biden doesn’t need a teleprompter to speak. He doesn’t even need a brain, apparently.

RBMN on August 23, 2008 at 12:03 PM (crack-in me up)

Pretty much sums up the Democrat Party leaders, from top to bottom.

Pelosi – triple check
Reid – double check
Obama – double check
Kerry – double check
Murtha – triple check
Clinton – check
Boxer – double check
Feinstein – double check
Levin – check
Edwards – double check
Hoyer – double check
Bloomberg – triple check

This is the status of the Democrat Party; it’s no wonder why they chose Obama. So few options!

Keemo on August 23, 2008 at 12:19 PM

As we draw nearer to 4 November…
[Me? Sent the first major campaign contribution in 20 years to Fred! On principle.]
Given the tickets we have…McCain will get my vote. Don’t want to go through yet another four years with half the country saying “well, he ain’t my President…”
coldwarrior on August 23, 2008 at 11:21 AM

So, I ask, given McCain’s shortcomings, how he’d be better than Obama in the long-run? Are we not merely delaying the inevitable Obama Presidency by voting for McCain? Do we honestly think people in 2012 will say, “Well, McCain and his conservative principles sure did come through for the country?” I doubt it. People will likely say, “Yep, McCain and the Republicans have yet again failed us. So, how about Obama and the Democrats?” Why put our country through two rounds of failing leadership? Why not encourage folks to vote (and invest in) leaders of principle? 1) It will wake up the Republicans, especially since principled men like LTC (ret.) Allen West, LTC (ret.) Bill Russell, and Steve Sauerberg in IL are running for office and bringing in the support in droves. This will convince the RNC to focus more on conservatives rather than trying to appease the lukewarm moderates. 2) In 2012, the conservatives will be able to clean up the party by bringing forth new leadership (i.e. Jindal) for Presidential contenders, without any ties to the past failings.
We can’t afford shortsightedness anymore by deluding ourselves into picking the evil that is lesser than the other.

Send_Me on August 23, 2008 at 12:20 PM

J_Gocht on August 23, 2008 at 12:09 PM

Your right, lets close the door of opportunity for everyone. After all,Obama does make the perfect door stop.

leanright on August 23, 2008 at 12:20 PM

There is a God… And he’s Republican!

hburns on August 23, 2008 at 12:22 PM

As if “hip kids” half in the bag on a Saturday morning in August know or care who Sen. Biden is.

RobCon on August 23, 2008 at 12:25 PM

I’m envisioning a brilliant parody of the 3AM Hillary ad that McCain could use:

“John McCain…he won’t send you a text message at 3AM while you’re sleeping, making you wonder if a relative has died”.

jbohanon on August 23, 2008 at 12:29 PM

So, I ask, given McCain’s shortcomings, how he’d be better than Obama in the long-run? Are we not merely delaying the inevitable Obama Presidency by voting for McCain? Do we honestly think people in 2012 will say, “Well, McCain and his conservative principles sure did come through for the country?” I doubt it. People will likely say, “Yep, McCain and the Republicans have yet again failed us. So, how about Obama and the Democrats?” Why put our country through two rounds of failing leadership? Why not encourage folks to vote (and invest in) leaders of principle? 1) It will wake up the Republicans, especially since principled men like LTC (ret.) Allen West, LTC (ret.) Bill Russell, and Steve Sauerberg in IL are running for office and bringing in the support in droves. This will convince the RNC to focus more on conservatives rather than trying to appease the lukewarm moderates. 2) In 2012, the conservatives will be able to clean up the party by bringing forth new leadership (i.e. Jindal) for Presidential contenders, without any ties to the past failings.
We can’t afford shortsightedness anymore by deluding ourselves into picking the evil that is lesser than the other.

Send_Me on August 23, 2008 at 12:20 PM

If we try to purge our party of modcons and wait out Obama’s term, our country will be in ruins, and they will have taken complete control. We have to vote McCain, and make sure our people turn out for the local elections. That’s our only hope.

marklmail on August 23, 2008 at 12:29 PM

I think they annonced there VP pick in the wee hours of the morning is because CNN broke the story in the wee’er hours of the morning. It probably took 2 hours because of communication problems that are sure to arise in the wee hours of the morning and the technological problems, no doubt.

Sure they made some mis-steps, but overall the Secret Service work on their own clock.

PresidenToor on August 23, 2008 at 12:30 PM

Be sure to vote for the empty suit and stuffed shirt. LOL

RobCon on August 23, 2008 at 12:30 PM

People will likely say, “Yep, McCain and the Republicans have yet again failed us. So, how about Obama and the Democrats?”

Yeah they might say that or they might not; this is nothing but sophistry. If McCain, as supposedly DFL lite, would be “failing leadership”, what would four years of Obama be? I shudder to think of the consequences and I’m not ready to consign my country to that predicated on McCain being “evil”.

Bishop on August 23, 2008 at 12:31 PM

It sometimes seems as if neither candidate really wants to win this thing.

tomk59 on August 23, 2008 at 12:31 PM

“In 2012, the conservatives will be able to clean up the party by bringing forth new leadership (i.e. Jindal) for Presidential contenders, without any ties to the past failings.
We can’t afford shortsightedness anymore by deluding ourselves into picking the evil that is lesser than the other.

Send_Me on August 23, 2008 at 12:20 PM”

Jindal? Please come again. And no we don’t need to lose to win. Jeez people. Who knows what the future holds. Some idiot like Obama could get a lot of people killed because of the rifts he would create domestically. There also the temptation by foreign enemies to terrorize us under his watch to see what his response will be (opportunity for huge miscalculation on either side).

pc on August 23, 2008 at 12:33 PM

jbohanon on August 23, 2008 at 12:29 PM

Love it.

Cindy Munford on August 23, 2008 at 12:33 PM

Just saw Obama Biden up on the TV screen …
and thought it said Osama bin Laden at a glance…

Buzzy on August 23, 2008 at 11:02 AM

Now compound the dyslexic effect with freudian affect for the innate demise of Obama Biden.

SDB self defeating behavior DNC vote.

All politics aside, the fact that Biden’s ALREADY had two aneurysms leaves him the dead man walking. Whatever “old man” jokes Obama has already vented vs. McCain are all the more applicable to a double aneurysm longer in Washington than anyone running Biden bugger VP. Talk about lack of judgment, when will Obama prove himself anything but a whining snickering foolish elitist? He snubbed a sure bet Hillary for a dead man walking white old fart! Talk about insecurity issues, Obama is a walking loser. No matter the outcome of the election, Obama spreads discontent and malfunction everywhere he goes.

maverick muse on August 23, 2008 at 12:34 PM

The only reason Biden accepted the nomination and the others didn’t is that he knows he will be too old to run in 2012. The others aren’t even sure Bambam will still be in the race by Friday.

pedestrian on August 23, 2008 at 12:35 PM

Obama and Biden…aka
Pompus and Plugs
Smarmy and Smirky
Empty suit and stuffed shirt
Show dog and attack dog

Join with me in saying
Rove, you magnificen bastard!

RobCon on August 23, 2008 at 12:36 PM

Obama Biden
Osama Bin Laden

Ha Ha

RobCon on August 23, 2008 at 12:39 PM

Sure they made some mis-steps, but overall the Secret Service work on their own clock.

PresidenToor on August 23, 2008 at 12:30 PM

Obama’s people are already blaming the Secret Service for their F ups? Jerks.

pedestrian on August 23, 2008 at 12:39 PM

Scat Man and the Boy Blunder.

This match was made in heaven.

Mojave Mark on August 23, 2008 at 12:39 PM

Send_Me on August 23, 2008 at 12:20 PM

I understand your thought process on this most important issue. I’m a soon to be 55 year old youngster; been around a while. A few things that are consistent in life:

1> The perfect politician is invisible by nature. Politicians have a job to do as designed by our founders, as well as guided by our laws. I have yet to see a politician who sticks to the “job description” perfectly or entirely. Reagan was the closest thing to perfection in my life time. If you’re hoping for the “perfect candidate”, you are setting yourself up for much disappointment.
2> The most consistent dynamic in life is “change”… Life is always changing. I make a plan of some sort every morning, with the knowledge that my plans for the day will be revised by forces outside of my control, and I had better have the patience and tolerance to deal with these changes or I will be one miserable human on a daily basis. Life is unmanageable, thus the need for constant revisions that are grounded in moral principle.

The perfect sole mate is invisible, thus the need to make a logical choice and then make revisions to ones self. When voting, the logical choice is usually all one can hope for.

Keemo on August 23, 2008 at 12:42 PM

I can’t believe how much overanalysis you put into Obama sending the message out starting at 3am. Way to kill a joke Ed.

Typhonsentra on August 23, 2008 at 12:47 PM

Not a terrible choice…

Osama Bin Biden 08!

SaintOlaf on August 23, 2008 at 1:06 PM

Obama’s people are already blaming the Secret Service for their F ups? Jerks.

pedestrian on August 23, 2008 at 12:39 PM

There is precedent. Remember when John Effin’Kerry fell on his butt while skiing and blamed them for making him fall? Rule #1 for all donk candidates,..never admit a mistake; blame someone else..

a capella on August 23, 2008 at 1:08 PM

Might I say, on this thread,right now, & completely off topic…

Watching these American athletes represent our country so brilliantly, brings many good feelings to my spirit. The raw patriotism on display by our athletes is awesome! These athletes are from every race-color, from both sides of the political ideology, of many different religious faiths; none of that mattered, as these athletes were Americans first, and everything else somewhere down the list of importance.

Kobe Bryant,

You lost me bro, when you cheated on your beautiful wife and then brought others into the mix needlessly. However, the words you chose while being interviewed by that idiot from NBC, have brought amends to that situation from the past as far as I’m concerned. Good on you for standing up for your country and openly stating that it’s O.K. to say “America is the greatest nation on earth, & I’m proud of my country.”

Now, back to the topic…..

Keemo on August 23, 2008 at 1:17 PM

Rule #1 for all donk candidates,..never admit a mistake; blame someone else..
a capella on August 23, 2008 at 1:08 PM

Such as older, white, “lifer” senators. Wait….that one is useless now.

Bishop on August 23, 2008 at 1:18 PM

Obama’s people are already blaming the Secret Service for their F ups? Jerks.

pedestrian on August 23, 2008 at 12:39 PM

They went to the wrong house last night!!! ha ha ha

DfDeportation on August 23, 2008 at 1:19 PM

The Progressive Talk Radio Lefties are trying to spin this like crazy. You ever seen a car stuck in the mud and the driver keeps givin’ it……….MORE GAS?

DfDeportation on August 23, 2008 at 1:21 PM

Who knows what the future holds.

Well, no one with certainty. I’m merely trying to connect the dots.

Some idiot like Obama could get a lot of people killed because of the rifts he would create domestically.

You’ll have to define this a little bit.

There also the temptation by foreign enemies to terrorize us under his watch to see what his response will be (opportunity for huge miscalculation on either side).
pc on August 23, 2008 at 12:33 PM

Neither Obama nor McCain understand our current enemies or how to fight them. Obama is all about talking and blowing up tents, much like Clinton. Yes, that was a failure. McCain is all about using bigger hammers, more of them, with more troops to swing them. Neither approach works with our current enemies, whether against opposing nations or terrorist groups. We saw how McCain would react to attacks based upon his Georgia rhetoric against Russia. Even in that moment he showed his iniquities as a foreign policy expert. By saying, “we’re all Georgians today” only accomplished the same thing Carter did with Iran in the 1970s. Carter bailed on his promise to help the Shah, but didn’t. So now everyone either hates us there because we bailed on them or because they were aligned with the Ayatollahs in the first place. Georgia will fall, unless the Russians choose to leave, but I don’t see why they would. Whether Georgia falls or not, the Georgian people will see that, again, true to form, the Americans failed to back up their promises of aid. All we did, in a nutshell, was ensure that Georgians will either dislike us for bailing out on them or because they’re pro-Russia and disliked us anyway.

Send_Me on August 23, 2008 at 1:23 PM

Biden’s foreign policy experience brings balance to the ticket? Hmmm. Says a lot for the other guy. Now, who are we voting for aqain?

DfDeportation on August 23, 2008 at 1:24 PM

The Progressive Talk Radio Lefties are trying to spin this like crazy. You ever seen a car stuck in the mud and the driver keeps givin’ it……….MORE GAS?

DfDeportation on August 23, 2008 at 1:21 PM

The despair in their voices is very noticeable…

DfDeportation on August 23, 2008 at 1:25 PM

“Life is unmanageable, thus the need for constant revisions that are grounded in moral principle…” Keemo on August 23, 2008 at 12:42 PM

Truly the ultimate, pragmatist…!
Right on Keemo!

Always keep in mind what olde Albert said…

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” — Albert Einstein

J_Gocht on August 23, 2008 at 1:35 PM

The Progressive Talk Radio Lefties are trying to spin this like crazy. DfDeportation on August 23, 2008 at 1:21 PM

Hey DfD_ where do you get Lefty Yakkers on Saturday morning?

All I can get is reruns of the “Rotund One”.

Damn he’s been annoying lately; keeps chewing the same cabbage all the time.

J_Gocht on August 23, 2008 at 1:48 PM

J-

McCain wants to balance the budget in one term. Obama’s admitted he wont be able to do it in even 2 terms.

McCain wants to add about $10B in spending per year. Obama wants to add ~$250-$300B per year.

Which one is closer to 8 more years of Bush?

Chuck Schick on August 23, 2008 at 1:55 PM

Seriously, that’s probably the best choice. Who’s better anyway?

freevillage on August 23, 2008 at 10:57 AM

Anyone you pick is going to be better than Obama anyway. The Capitol Hill janitor knows Washington better than Obama.

Chuck Schick on August 23, 2008 at 1:58 PM

Chuck Schick on August 23, 2008 at 1:55 PM

“McCain wants…

“Obama’s admitted…

One wishes… the other is a pragmatist.

“Obama wants to add ~$250-$300B per year.

Cheap at half the price; of what this despicable, deplorable, useless, illegal, war in Iraq, is costing us now!

J_Gocht on August 23, 2008 at 2:16 PM

Cheap at half the price; of what this despicable, deplorable, useless, illegal, war in Iraq, is costing us now!

J_Gocht on August 23, 2008 at 2:16 PM

So Iraq war is bankrupting us, but twice the amount of new spending thrown onto the deficit is “cheap”.

Did that nurse ever arrive, J?

Chuck Schick on August 23, 2008 at 2:20 PM

Chuck Schick on August 23, 2008 at 2:20 PM

The 800 billion and counting… we’ve flushed down the toilet in Iraq could have done wonders for the decaying infrastructure, health care system and education in this country.

Just imagine the tens of thousands of good paying jobs that would have been created in replacing and restoring the decaying bridges and roads, alone.

Yah think… Chuck?

J_Gocht on August 23, 2008 at 2:35 PM

J_Gocht on August 23, 2008 at 2:35 PM

There is no replacement for the safety & security of our nation & it’s people. A nation that consists of leaders who have not the courage to use it’s military, is a nation that will eventually fail as so many others have throughout the history of mankind.

This is the number (1) weakness of Liberals & Democrats; the utter refusal to do what ever is necessary to protect the American homeland and it’s people. I don’t like war, as it brings death to our sons and daughters. However, I do recognize the existence of evil on this planet. Evil must be faced down and killed every time it shows it’s ugly face.

It’s easy to say the 800 billion has been flushed down the toilet on Iraq. It is also a reality that 3000K plus people died on September 11th, as a result of a planned attack on the American homeland and it’s people.

A paper tiger we can not remain!

Keemo on August 23, 2008 at 2:43 PM

Now, if McCain were smart, he would pick Sarah Palin.

Then, it would be his election to lose.

Conservative_SAHM on August 23, 2008 at 12:09 PM

Now,if McCain were smart, he would pick Sarah Palin.

Then, shut up and let her do the talkin.

Fixed it for ya! Conservative_SAHM

dhunter on August 23, 2008 at 4:25 PM

A paper tiger we can not remain!
Keemo on August 23, 2008 at 2:43 PM

Considering McCain’s illegal immigration/border security stance, not to mention his strategies for winning the war on terror and his empty rhetoric for supporting the fighting nation of Georgia against the Russians, I see your description of a “paper tiger” is a very apt one.

Send_Me on August 23, 2008 at 4:41 PM

Biden was chosen to give opponents an easy target to beat up thereby drawing fire away from Obama

TheBigOldDog on August 23, 2008 at 12:07 PM

I actually thought that when I looked at the Hot Air front page today. Five Biden gaffes for every one of Obama’s.

Cheap at half the price; of what this despicable, deplorable, useless, illegal, war in Iraq, is costing us now!

J_Gocht on August 23, 2008 at 2:16 PM

Iraq, by your numbers, cost us $800 billion over the 5 years since the war started. That’s about $160 billion/year. Obama’s asking for $250-300 billion…maybe you want to check your math.

Math_Mage on August 23, 2008 at 4:47 PM

We have to vote McCain, and make sure our people turn out for the local elections. That’s our only hope.
marklmail on August 23, 2008 at 12:29 PM

What a depressing course of action. In case you’ve missed it, we tried this same course of action in 2000 and 2004. It was tried with Nixon and Ford as well. I’m tired of appeasing, tired of trying to keep what we’ve got rather than trying to win. I’m merely encouraging folks to vote their conscience, to vote for principle not expedience. I’m bound to no party. If the Republicans seek not to represent me or my beliefs, then they can seek life elsewhere.

Send_Me on August 23, 2008 at 5:00 PM

Did anyone ever think that maybe all the decent choices turned Obama down?

Ann NY on August 23, 2008 at 12:08 PM

Ummm…. decent choices…. democrat…. ummmm….. uhhhh….. damn, I am really drawing a blank here….

Fishoutofwater on August 23, 2008 at 5:10 PM

Just imagine the tens of thousands of good paying jobs that would have been created in replacing and restoring the decaying bridges and roads, alone.

J_Gocht on August 23, 2008 at 2:35 PM

OK Moron – the $800 Billion paid our soldiers and funded the wages of all the tens of thousands of employees working for our amazing USA aerospace and defense contractors and all their thousands of suppliers. Pretty good investment if you ask me. Hundreds of thousands of well-paying US jobs, tens of thousands of dead islamic terrorists, and 7 years of NO DOMESTIC TERROR ATTACKS. Pretty freakin awesome if you ask me.

Fishoutofwater on August 23, 2008 at 5:28 PM

Send_Me on August 23, 2008 at 4:41 PM

You started off O.K. with McCain’s pathetically weak stance on illegal immigration/borders, then you lost me with your whining about his stance regarding fighting and winning the war on terror. McCain has been right on target with his positions on Iraq; this is his strong suit.

Keemo on August 23, 2008 at 6:40 PM

The 800 billion and counting… we’ve flushed down the toilet in Iraq could have done wonders for the decaying infrastructure, health care system and education in this country.

Just imagine the tens of thousands of good paying jobs that would have been created in replacing and restoring the decaying bridges and roads, alone.

Yah think… Chuck?

J_Gocht on August 23, 2008 at 2:35 PM

We’re $57 trillion in the hole on SS and Medicare- the last 2 bright ideas your party had when they had control of Congress and the White House.

This number grew $2.5 trillion from the year before.

At that pace, if the entire 200+ year old public debt were paid off, the entitlement debt would replace it in just over 2 years.

So if Im going to hear a lesson about incompetence with taxpayer money, it’s not going to be from you people.

Chuck Schick on August 23, 2008 at 6:48 PM

Personally, I think it would have been hard to make a worse pick. I am still in shock about just how stupid this truly is. Here is my logic.

Obama’s constituency is made in three parts. Part I is obviously the racebaiting part where he plans to command 90 plus percent of the black vote. Part II is the “hope & change” subscribers. You know who I mean, the barely literate masses who are voting because Obama makes them ”feel” good. These people know nothing of the issues. Of course, Obama has cleverly avoided alerting them to where he stands as that could be dangerous. The third and final Part of Obama’s constituency is what I refer to the “stealth ultra lefties”. These are the idiots that contribute to the Huffington Post and the Daily Kos and fawn over super socialists like Ned Lamont and his ilk. They realize that they have had to lay low because there overzealous enthusiasm for Obama might send the middle group of “hope and change” hippies over the top if they catch on to what Obama is all about.

Now that he has chosen Biden, the stealth lefties will certainly rejoice as he is one of their most esteemed leaders. This is going to put a nice crack in the facade that is Obama’s image and the seething beast of leftwing whackoness will be revealed. The “hope and change” Morlocks will begin to question the certainty of Barack’s messianic nature and the plume of smoke from the carnage will be seen for many miles. They will ask why Mr. Hope & Change would nominate as his VP some old white guy who is the worst kind of Washington Insider who is the embodiment of “politics as usual”. Just seeing the two of them on the campaign trail will show them the insignificance of Obama. They will wonder why the “magic of Obama” needs an ultra-leftist has been who only got 9,000 votes in the primaries to strengthen the ticket in the areas of experience and foreign policy. They will begin to think and lord help them when they do. They will need strength to accept their own foolishness and to back away from the evil puss of liberalism seeping through the cracked image of Obama’s candidacy and then they will begin to eat their masters.

RobertCSampson on August 24, 2008 at 1:01 AM

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