The Note: Rocky Roads

Maybe it was a 3 am moment, after all: "Picking Biden, D-Del., also sends a stark signal that the Obama campaign is worried that the presidential nominee is in danger of flunking the commander-in-chief test," per ABC News. "Rather than helping with the electoral map -- as Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., or Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine might have -- or reinforcing his message of a new brand of leadership, as Kaine or Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius would have, Biden fills a hole on Obama's resume."

The stumble didn't help (but maybe it was good to get the first out of the way): "So let me introduce to you the next president -- the next vice president of the US of America, Joe Biden," said Obama.

"Barack America," said Biden (new superhero tag?).

Howard Wolfson says that "Vladimir Putin vetoed" Gov. Tim Kaine, D-Va., and sees Biden as the best choice who isn't named Hillary. "Senator Obama also needs to improve his performance with lunch bucket and working class Democrats," Wolfson writes for The New Republic. "Biden has spent his career appealing to those voters--he literally commutes on the train every day to work--and is very good at rhetorically delivering the old-time Democratic religion."

Biden Pushback:

Republicans are circulating: "The Senator from MBNA," by Byron York, from 1998. (The flipside of a low-net-worth lawmaker?)

The next piece of a complicated puzzle: "Barack Obama's speech announcing his running mate Joe Biden singled out the Delaware senator's son who is headed for Iraq. Obama didn't mention the profession of Biden's other son, who lobbied for two drug companies and five universities," Bloomberg's Timothy J. Burger writes. "Hunter Biden, 38, described as a lawyer in the biography of his father distributed yesterday by the Obama campaign, lobbied for clients that paid his firm at least $380,000 in the first six months of this year, federal records show."

The sound of oppo landing: "A son and a brother of Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.) are accused in two lawsuits of defrauding a former business partner and an investor of millions of dollars in a hedge fund deal that went sour, court records show," Kimberly Kindy and Joe Stephens write in The Washington Post. "The Democratic vice presidential candidate's son Hunter, 38, and brother James, 59, assert instead that their former partner defrauded them by misrepresenting his experience in the hedge fund industry and recommending that they hire a lawyer with felony convictions."

The split the GOP wants to matter: "Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama has made a pledge not to accept money from lobbyists, but his running mate - Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. -- has collected over $200,000 from registered lobbyists in this year alone," Jennifer Haberkorn and Jerry Seper write in the Washington Times. "The lobbying industry has given Mr. Biden at least $344,400 since 1997, according to the group's calculation, making lobbyists his 10th largest contributing industry. Lawyers and law firms are his No. 1 donors."

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