I’m still mystified by the Palin choice.
But at least it’s clear what the Republican line is going to be.
Both Kristol and Dean Barnett out of the Standard have columns about how the left is going to try to ‘diminish’ Palin. They’re trying to get out in front of what are the obvious criticisms of Palin so they can say, “See? We knew the Left would do this!”
They’re also setting expectations low - both have comments about how she’s bound to screw up on the campaign trail - in the hopes that all she’ll have to do is turn up and bring in the Clintonistas.
Kind of reaffirms my point about her just being ‘another vagina’ when die-hard Republicans are promising stuff ups on day one.
It’d be nice to think that the Clinton holdouts are too smart for that. But given the fact that some pro-Clinton women appear set to cut off their abortion rights to spite Obama (otherwise known as cutting off your fallopian tubes to spite your face), I’m not so sure about that.
John McCain will screw you nearly as fast as you’re screwing yourselves, ladies…
Anyway, this post is supposed to be about some vice-presidential history.
Dan Savage pointed out last week that the choice of Biden vaguely resembles the selection of Lloyd Bentson for Michael Dukakis’s 1988 run against G.H.W. Bush. Bentson was a witty, Washtgton insider - a choice designed to prop up the young, dashing man at the top of the ticket.
And, wow, what a depressing electoral map that produced. (Eclipsed only by 1984’s abysmal results…)
Here’s hoping Obama doesn’t get into any tanks in the next two months.
I think Biden’s a bit better than that - again, I can’t wait to see that debate. (Bentson’s opponent in the veep debate was, of course, Dan Quayle, to whom Palin is already being compared.)
Biden is ridiculously charismatic in a way that I think Bentson was not. (Truth be told, I’m not based that on much aside from my complete lack of knowledge about Lloyd Bentson. I looked up that election because I couldn’t remember who was on the ticket with Dukakis.)
Biden also lives in the YouTube era, where videos like these exist:
And I have to back up Ezra Klein’s support for Biden for this gem alone (this is Klein’s quote followed by the clip video he posted):
Giuliani, of course, took umbrage, and said Biden lacked foreign policy experience. This led to my favorite YouTube of the campaign, in which Biden dismantles Giuliani, live on television, while walking to his car. [emphasis original]
I laugh out loud every time I see Biden’s face at the end of that.
I’m coming around on the Biden choice, especially versus Palin.
Anyway, this is mostly a post to get rid of some of the links I’ve had hanging around in my browser. [Going to finish the clean up job with some hysteria/sexing up over at The Age tomorrow morning - and then I can close Firefox!]
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