Obama is announcing it today. Not the worse choice, although my hope-against-hope that it would be Kucinich is dead (can you think of a better assassination deterrent for right wingers than the thought of Kucinich as president?) Biden is a smart guy, led the fight for stricter gun control in the 90s, and he heads the foreign relations committee. He’s old as fuck though, at 65. If Obama wins two terms, we may see Biden as the de facto nominee in 2016, at age 73, older than John McCain is now.
And if he didn’t run then (and he really shouldn’t) then the country has to do the whole double-primary thing again. I just think it would be easier to have someone who could ride Obama’s momentum. Then again Gore was supposed to ride Clinton momentum, and that didn’t go so well, so maybe this is more strategic.
It’s probably a good idea for Obama to have someone from the old school of democratic politics in his administration. It’ll be a good balance for his stated goal of giving American politics an upgrade. At the same time, I would rather have a VP who wholly reinforced the President’s vision, and saved the various dissenting views for lower cabinet positions.
During the run up to the primaries, Biden and Richardson were the only two dems that I liked less than Mrs. Clinton. That was as a president though. Somehow I’m not as put off by him as a VP. We’ll see how it goes.
Oh and I read somewhere that Mccain was this close to picking Romney, then the house(s) scandal broke, and the McCain campaign was scared that announcing Romney would just reinforce the “out of touch rich white guys” perception.