Sunday, August 24, 2008

Running for Running Things II

What do I think of Barack Obama's choice for Vice President? This question has been asked by a quorum of loyal readers. Easy answer. I wrote about Joe Biden a year ago in the second posting to this blog, the first after introducing myself and explaining how I came to take up blogging.


Sen. Joeseph Biden, Democrat from Delaware, wants to be President. He has
wanted to be President before. Like political consultant James Carville,
Democrat from the Bayou, says, “Running for President is like having sex.
Doing it once is just not enough.”

Sen. Biden may be the most qualified candidate in either party. Nonetheless.
What’s that got to do with it? To paraphrase Tina Turner, Godess of Soul,
from a place in the South called Nutbush, and who now shops in the South of
France for her croissants and fromages.

The biggest problem with Joe Biden is that he sometimes tells the truth.
Well, actually, this big problem has to get in line behind his number one
problem Hillary Clinton, Democrat, who owns a house in New York, and both of
their biggest problem Barak Obama, Democrat from Illinois, who was raised in
Hawaii and other parts of the Pacific Ocean. Turn the page.

If Sen. Biden cannot be the next President, maybe he should be the next
Secretary of State. Maybe that is even what he wants. He believes Iraq
should be divided into separate countries, one for the Shiites, one for the
Sunni, and one for the Kurds. He is a pragmatist, perhaps even a realist. If
he had been President on 9/12, Joe Biden says he would have convened all the
countries threatened by Jihadists, invited them all to Brussels to come up
with a unified plan of mutual defense. I lived in Brussels for a while,
working for the U.S. Department of State, assigned to NATO Headquarters.
Brussels is not as sexy as Paris or Amsterdam, but the restaurants are
excellent, and their specialty is moules et frites, with the world's best
beer and fresh-made chocolates. Brussels is a great place for diplomacy.

Biden’s son is Attorney General of the state of Delaware and a JAG Captain
in the National Guard, scheduled for deployment to Iraq in 2008. “I don’t
want him going,” a report on Radio Iowa quoted Sen. Biden. “But I tell you
what, I don’t want my grandson or my granddaughters going back in 15 years,
and so how we leave makes a big difference.”

Maybe we could just sneak out in the dead of night while nobody is watching.
Maybe we should have just left them alone. Before the present President Bush
took an interest, Iraq and Iran were doing a very successful job of
destroying one another without any help from us.

Posted by Paw Paw Bill at 1:57 PM
Sunday, August 19, 2007

Copyright 2007 & 2008 by William C. Cotter

1 comment:

No Spring Chicken said...

I'm happy with the choice of Biden primarily because he fills the #1 requirement -- having the capacity to be president if need be -- but also because I think he's very well informated and that he'll be good on the campaign trail when it comes to taking punches at McCain.


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