After a week-long tease that had the mainstream media beside themselves with anticipation, Barack Obama announced that Joe Biden is his running mate. Biden, a loquacious Washington insider, has been in the Senate longer than that other “wrinkly white-hair guy.”
As the Associated Press’ Ron Fournier wrote:
The candidate of change went with the status quo.
In picking Sen. Joe Biden to be his running mate, Barack Obama sought to shore up his weakness — inexperience in office and on foreign policy — rather than underscore his strength as a new-generation candidate defying political conventions.
The early morning announcement was too clever by half. While Obama's supporters were sleeping, the McCain campaign was rolling out a TV ad that features Biden saying that Obama is not ready to lead.
When folks read their text message or email, it wasn't an OMG moment. According to a Washington Post-ABC News poll, 75 percent of voters said picking Biden would not make a difference one way or the other.
Joe Biden. OK, whatever. It’s time to go for my morning walk, grab a cup of coffee and run some errands.