Streetwise Professor

August 25, 2008

Regular Joe?

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Professor @ 7:38 am

In recent days I had a very hard time crediting rumors that Obama would choose Joe Biden for his VP. Now that it is a fact, I am still puzzled. The party line seems to be that Biden will appeal to working class, white, ethnic, male voters. In other words, Biden is Obama’s outreach to bitter clingers.

I’ve had the misfortune of observing Joe Biden for over 21 years. During that time, of the many (printable) phrases that have come to mind, none of them are: “Regular guy”; “Joe Sixpack”; or “Common Touch.” They apparently took the Scranton out of the boy when they took the boy out of Scranton. Hardly any senator seems appealing to ordinary guys, and Biden, with his starched shirts, cufflinks, hairplugs, and pomposity doesn’t scream working class appeal. This seems a by-the-numbers, focus-group and consultant driven choice. Not that I’m complaining.

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