Sunday, August 24, 2008

Biden In Clinton Out!

Well, the speculation is over. Hillary Clinton is out and Delaware Senator Joe Biden is in as Obama’s choice for Vice President. Gone too is Obama’s campaign mantra of “change”. By picking someone from one of the most private clubs in the world, the US Senate, and a hard core member of ruling elite rather than a Washington outsider and/or a woman (but not necessarily Hillary by the way), Obama has signaled the power elite that he’s willing to play ball by their rules.

Senator Biden has a long track record in foreign affairs, which is an area that Obama is woefully lacking in. He is also is well known for being one of the more liberal senators on the Hill (not to mention long winded). Senator Biden is the 10th longest serving senator. He currently serves as Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations. He also serves on the Committee on the Judiciary, as well as the following subcommittees:

Subcommittee on Antitrust Competition Policy and Consumer Rights

Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs (He serves a chairman)

Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law

Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Refugees

Subcommittee on Technology Terrorism and Homeland Security

Senator Biden is also co-chairman of the Caucus on International Narcotics Control, where he wrote the laws creating the national “Drug Czar”. He has crafted the laws which created the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 which added police officers, increased funding for prisons. Its most notable feature was the federal ban on assault weapons. Senator Biden also authored the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 which was aimed at curtailing domestic violence crimes. The senator also ran for president in 1988 and again in 2008.

It is interesting to note that traditionally we’ve had governor matched with a member of Congress in most presidential races (though not exclusively. JFK and LBJ come to mind). But given the people’s increasing gap in mistrust of the federal government, one would have thought Obama would have gone to a governor or business leader as his running mate. The mantle of change now rests with Senator John McCain, who is expected to announce his choice for Vice President sometime around next Friday. It will be interesting to see just how much of a maverick he still is.


Everyone has felt the pinch of the high price of gas (and just about everything else). A friend of mine sent me this hilarious video which seems to just about sum of the way most of us feel. The video is called “Nozzle Rage”. Enjoy!

http://www.osampump.com/


Lastly, another political friend of mine, sent me a cute little poem she wrote about the upcoming Democratic Primary. She is a top notch real estate agent in Central Kentucky. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

The First Book of Democrat
Pslams 2008-2012

OBAMA IS MY SHEPHERD, I SHALL NOT WANT.

HE LEADETH ME BESIDE STILL FACTORIES

HE RESTORETH MY FAITH IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY.

HE GUIDETH ME IN THE PATH OF UNEMPLOYMENT

YEA, THOUGH I WALK THROUGHT THE VALLEY OF THE BREAD LINE, I SHALL NOT GO HUNGRY.

OBAMA HAS ANOINTED MY INCOME WITH TAXES,

MY EXPENSES RUNNETH OVER MY INCOME.

SURELY, POVERTY AND HARD LIVING WILL FOLLOW ME ALL THE DAYS OF MY LIFE.

THE DEMOCRATS AND I WILL LIVE FOREVER IN A RENTED HOME.

BUT I AM GLAD I AM AN AMERICAN,

I AM GLAD THAT I AM FREE.

BUT I WISH I WERE A DOG,
AND OBAMA A TREE.


Thought for the Day

You know, I really dislike being told what I’m supposed to think or do. That’s why I never tell pollsters the truth. What products I’m going to buy, or who I’m going to vote for is none of their business. I don’t want a politician governing by poll results. I want someone who makes decisions based on their values. Frankly, I’m also getting a little tired of the media assuming Senator Obama is all but anointed and that anyone who disagrees with them is a racist. I think the American People still have a say in this election. Is anyone out there with me?

2 comments:

BillH said...

Paul: I was going to ask you what you thought of this pick and was happy to see your analysis. I am certainly not an expert on Joe Biden but I remember how irritating he - along with Dick Urban - was during the Judiciary Committee hearings on the two most recent U.S. Supreme Court nominations. I was hopeful that the pick would have been a more conservative choice as the ticket leans too far to the left and I think it will hurt the D's in this race.

Another Opinion said...

Senator Biden has an impressive track record to be sure, but he has long ingrained himself in the moneyed elite of Washington. Obama has, as I said, forfeited his mantra of “change” in favor of acquiescence to the status quo. I would have preferred a governor or head of some large non-profit corporation, especially if this individual was say, a Native American, a woman, or maybe Asian. Instead of “change” we got “more of the same”.

Several articles I've read lately, which have been from respectable sources as well as credible authors show the Republicans aren’t doing much better. Each basically says the same thing---the GOP is likely to be mauled in November and will for quite some time to come (barring some major events) be regulated to a much smaller opposition party. Gone, perhaps forever, are the glory days of Reagan. Karl Rove once boasted of making the GOP a “permanent majority” party. Now it looks like they are headed to be a permanent.

There are three very strong and unyielding factions within the GOP right now. One will stay and two will go, but the result will be the same for whoever remains, that of a severely crippled national party. The three factions are the ultra conservative right/social conservatives/Christian Right/Neocons; the Goldwater/Libertarians; and the Eisenhower/TR Moderates and Progressives.

The first group has already thrown down the gauntlet--give us who and what we want or we bolt to form our own party. They are huge in the Mid-South and Southeast. They form the "worker bees" and small to medium donors of the party. The second group was been leaving to become mainly Indies, though some have joined the Libertarian Party, and even a small few have joined the Democrats. This GOP group was the big mainstay in the Mid-West and Northwest. The last group has been quietly leaving since Bush II was elected to his second term. This group includes the children and grandchildren of the GOP's icons like TR, Ike, Nixon, and Ford. This group also includes most of the blue collar, pro-union, middle class, and small business owners. They mainly represent the Upper Mid-West like Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio, as well as the Northeast.

Big business, once the domain of the GOP, has shifted to the Democrats. After all, everyone loves winners. Of course this puts big business in direct conflict with Labor, but that's never been an issue with the Democrats before. As everyone knows, money talks and conscience walks.

I predict that because the GOP has remained fairly strong in the South, the GOP will become more of a regional party run largely the first group and remain weak nationally. Too many of the latter groups have left with little or no interest in returning, at least in my lifetime. Of course, it remains to be seen how well the Democrats can do. After all, they are known for eating their own.