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highplainsdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-22-08 08:50 PM
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56. Yes. The prolonged tease is starting to seem adolescent. And considering how
Edited on Fri Aug-22-08 08:54 PM by highplainsdem
underwhelming any choice but Clinton or Gore would be at this point, it could backfire.

I mean, I like Biden, and if the party wasn't divided, he'd be a great pick.

But he didn't, like Clinton, get 18 million votes in the primaries.

And he didn't, like Gore, win the popular vote in 2000.

Picking Biden simply is not going to generate the kind of excitement this kind of buildup should lead up to.

And, to be honest, it hasn't been very nice to all the VP contenders to leave them hanging this long. And that's especially true if Clinton isn't the running mate. This was a contemptible way to treat her.

I have been wondering if possibly the Obama campaign has dragged this out and waited because the choice isn't Clinton (if so it's most likely Biden) and they know this is NOT going to go over well with Clinton's supporters, and they don't want to give them any more time to organize before the convention. (But the ones they have to worry about aren't the few demonstrators, but the huge numbers showing up in that NBC/WSJ poll as not behind Obama.)

And, possibly, they know choosing Biden won't give them a bump in the polls, which is going to be rather embarrassing, so they hope there will be at least some bump from the convention to cover the fact that Biden won't help the ticket the way Clinton could.

But if the running mate isn't Clinton, I don't think you'll be seeing a united party in Denver. And it didn't help to delay the announcement so much that disappointed delegates won't have enough time to try to work up some enthusiasm for Biden, or get used to feigning enthusiasm.
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