When Barack Obama picked Joe Biden to be his vice president, the Republicans did the predictable thing and committed a vicious act of jujitsu on themselves.
Rick Davis, John McCain’s campaign manager, said:
Senator Obama’s choice in a running mate once again brings up his questionable judgment when faced with making major decisions. Senator Biden has long been a leading critic of Senator Obama’s lack of foreign policy experience.
Indiana GOP chairman Murray Clark said:
Obama has spent millions on his change message in Indiana. Biden has held on to a seat in the Senate since 1972. How does that represent change?
And the Executive Director of the Massachusetts GOP, Rob Willington, said:
It would be hard to find a harsher critic of Senator Obama’s lack of experience than Joe Biden. This pick only highlights what the people of Massachusetts are beginning to realize: Barack Obama is not ready to be President.
And just what did Senator Obama do?
He chose to work with him a man who criticized Obama’s lack of experience at various points in the primary campaigns.
And who is Joe Biden?
An experienced Senator who is an acknowledged expert in foreign relations and who has a strong, if not unblemished, record in reform and in speaking truth to power.
Obama picked a guy who is tough and who is tough on Obama, and who provides Obama with expertise in precisely the areas Obama is criticized for weakness.
Contrast that to the Republican leadership of George W. Bush, Dick ‘Darth’ Cheney, and John Bomb-Bomb McCain.
George Bush came to office almost completely ignorant of the world outside Texas. He demonstrated no tolerance for criticism, firing or demoting or minimizing anyone who dared criticize him or his plans. When he held public meetings with the citizenry, the citizens were vetted Republicans who wouldn’t think of criticizing him in one of those scripted events. And heaven forbid he should ever see a protester or demonstrator carrying an anti-Bush message – those people were arrested or hustled off to s0-called free speech areas miles from where Bush was or would be.
The country’s had eight years of this thin-skinned, arrogant Texas ignoramus. Are we better off?
We know his puppetmaster, Cheney, is thin-skinned. He works in the dark, not only intellectually, but metaphorically. He’s afraid of the light of intelligence, in more than one sense, and brooks no dissent. He cares nothing for American democracy, for civil rights, for liberty, for freedom, for the law, for the Constitution. He has betrayed and trampled on all of those things, and his only response to criticism is ‘So?’
After eight years of this man’s criminal behavior and paranoid secrecy, are we better off?
And what can one say about Johnny the Bomber?
Is a man who gleefully sings ‘Bomb bomb bomb Iran’ during a prolonged, if manufactured, crisis with that country ready to be President?
Is a man who can no more stand criticism than his hero, George W. Bush, ready to be President? A man who listens only to his own inner anger, is he ready to be President?
He can’t remember how many homes he owns, but the Republicans assure us he can keep track of the complexities of government. Is his foreign policy to be summed up thus: “No, I don’t know how many bombs we have, but we’re going to use them all, God bless us.”
Is a man whose own campaign staff won’t let him speak off-the-cuff anymore because when he does he demonstrates what a weak-minded bumbler he is, is he ready to be President?
Is a man who shot his mouth off about and demonstrated his ignorance of the recent conflict between Russia and Georgia, who interfered in that event by his pronouncements, ready to be President?
John McBush is not ready to lead. He’s pretty much ready for the old folks senility ward.
Does anyone with a lick of common sense, with the slightest ability to think critically and to see objectively through the media smokescreen around McCain think that the country will be better off after eight years of this pathetic little man and the hordes of greedy, power-hungry traitors who surround him?
The Republican leadership that will spend the next little while criticizing Senator Obama’s choice of Biden seem to lack the intelligence and awareness that they have simply exposed their own party’s weakness and the pathetic weakness of their candidate.
The Lion has spoken against Obama for his move to the right and his abandonment of truly progressive policies. But The Lion does applaud the choice of Biden, and hopes that the Democrats will now begin to run the sort of in-your-face straight talk campaign they need to bury McCain and the Republicans in their own mud and dirt in November.