Wolfson: Biden Is Second-Best Pick Obama Could Make

By Dotcomabc

Aug 23, 2008 10:58am

Howard Wolfson — the former adviser to Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., and current blogger at Gotham Acme — writes in The New Republic that with the exception of his former boss, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., couldn’t have picked a better running mate than Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del.

That’s because Biden shores up some glaring Obama weaknesses, Wolfson suggests.

“The fighting in Georgia underscored the need to bring some foreign policy experience to the ticket,” Wolfson writes. “No one does that better than Biden. Absent the situation in Georgia, Virginia Governor Kaine might have been the pick — in effect Vladimir Putin vetoed him.”

Nice line, Wolfie.

Wolfson says, “Obama also needs to improve his performance with lunch bucket and working class Democrats. 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.”

Wolfson does note that Biden “won’t automatically bring along disaffected Hillary voters, especially those who are older women. But no one was going to do that besides Hillary anyway…”

- jpt

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