Every hockey team has what's known in the game as an "enforcer." Barack Obama evidently believes he needs someone to protect him like a hockey team's star so he chose Senator Joe Biden. As Adam Nagourney and Jeff Zeleny wrote recently in a New York Times article:
"Mr. Biden, who sought the Democratic presidential nomination himself this year before pulling out after performing poorly in the first contest, in Iowa, has shown himself to be a tough political brawler, a characteristic that many Democrats say Mr. Obama has not displayed against Mr. McCain. That is something that presidential candidates typically look for in a running mate."
So Obama has his enforcer but with the pugilistic ability of Biden, the messiah also has someone who doesn't think much of him as a possible president. In one commentary sure to be exploited by the McCain campaign, Biden inadvertently spoke the truth in August, 2007:
"I think he (Obama) can be ready, but right now, I don't believe he is; the presidency is not something that lends itself to on-the-job training."
If that wasn't bad enough, Senator Biden evidently thinks he or John McCain would be a better president than Obama. On The Daily Show in 2005, Biden said while talking about Senator John McCain:
"I would be honored to run with or against John McCain, because I think the country would be better off."
Some think Biden is not the best choice for Obama because of his tendency to "shoot from the lip." For example, he was quoted as describing Mr. Obama as "the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy," a remark that was regarded as racially insensitive. In addition, while campaigning in New Hampshire, Biden said "you cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent."
Main stream Democrats may overlook Biden's careless comments because the senator led the fight against confirmation of Justice Bork and Clarence Thomas to the U.S. Supreme Court but if they have any sense the McCain camp won't let the public forget what the chosen VP candidate said about the man he is running with for the top leadership position in the country, if not the world.
Of course the question remains how much good Joe Biden will do for the election prospects of Barack Obama; since Obama may be his own worst enemy. Obama is the epitome of the classic "tax and spend" Democrat, but in this case "socialist." In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Obama said that he was trying to put together tax and spending policies that deal with two challenges; competition from developing countries, like India and China and the U.S. becoming what he called a "winner-take-all" economy, where "the gains from economic growth skew heavily toward the wealthy."
But that's not all Obama has to hide in his campaign and hope his friends in the news media don't point out. According to Michelle Malkin:
"· Last May, he claimed that Kansas tornadoes killed a whopping 10,000 people: "In case you missed it, this week, there was a tragedy in Kansas. Ten thousand people died - an entire town destroyed." The actual death toll: 12.
· Earlier this month in Oregon, he redrew the map of the United States: "Over the last 15 months, we've traveled to every corner of the United States. I've now been in 57 states? I think one left to go."
· Last March, on the anniversary of the Bloody Sunday march in Selma, Alabama, he claimed his parents united as a direct result of the civil rights movement: "There was something stirring across the country because of what happened in Selma, Alabama, because some folks are willing to march across a bridge. So they got together and Barack Obama Jr. was born." Obama was born in 1961. The Selma march took place in 1965."
Just for fun I invite you to take the following "test." Don't look at the answers below before deciding who said the following:
1. "A new day is dawning. Our country is at a turning point. This is a time of great possibility. Across the land, people are coming together to reshape our nation's priorities to make government 'of, by and for the people' a reality."
2. "From the Midwest to the south, from coast to coast, in big cities and rural communities voters have turned out in record numbers for change."
3. "While wages remain flat, the costs of basic necessities are increasing. The cost of in-state college tuition has grown 35% over the past five years. Health care costs have risen faster than wages."
4. "Voters are demanding a new kind of politics to rebuild our country for the common good. A democratic spirit of unity is inspiring millions to get involved."
1. Communist Party of the United States.
2. Communist Party of the United States.
3. Obama's Platform for Change.
4. Communist Party of the United States
(With thanks to Human Events)
How did you do? Is Obama running for the Democrat Party or the Communist Party of the United States?