Joe Biden is Barack Obama’s running mate. Forgive me for sighing — not with relief — but with the sad recognition that nothing changes and that Barack’s whole campaign of hope was merely slogan and not a new way of breaking the current way of Washington.
I’m not sure how you can run as a new thinker when you have an old guy on your ticket to give you gravitas and experience that you obviously feel you lack.
How bizarre is it that the very thing you’ve been smashing your opponent for — being old and out of touch — is precisely what you’ve added to your ticket?
Joe Biden is just as old and worn out as John McCain. Next! And I like Joe Biden a lot, but, NEXT!
Barack Obama has lost his steam and his power. I think part of his slow decline into the mediocre middle is his missing emotion on the campaign trail and his lack of details on making anything better than it is now, and his giving in on FISA is just, frankly, unbelievably disappointing:
Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) today announced his support for a sweeping intelligence surveillance law that has been heavily denounced by the liberal activists who have fueled the financial engines of his presidential campaign.
In his most substantive break with the Democratic Party’s base since becoming the presumptive nominee, Obama declared he will support the bill when it comes to a Senate vote, likely next week, despite misgivings about legal provisions for telecommunications corporations that cooperated with the Bush administration’s warrantless surveillance program of suspected terrorists.
In so doing, Obama sought to walk the fine political line between GOP accusations that he is weak on foreign policy — Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) called passing the legislation a “vital national security matter” — and alienating his base.
Then Barack dropped his opposition to offshore drilling even though he, and anyone else with a rational mind, knows that sort of limited drilling will do nothing now or in the future to pull us away from the teat of Middle Eastern oil:
Orlando, Florida – Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said on Friday he would back limited offshore drilling as part of a broader energy package that attempted to bring down gas prices and reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil.
Obama dropped his blanket opposition to any expansion of offshore drilling and signaled support for a bipartisan compromise in Congress aimed at breaking a deadlock on energy that includes limited drilling.
When Barack gives in on FISA and offshore drilling — you begin to feel a thin film of “Old School Politician Slime” covering him — and you wonder how, once he’s been tainted by giving in on his own misgivings, he can expect the rest of his hardcore support to ever forgive him for giving up on those important matters.
Barack’s mistake is moving too far to the middle and trying to be everything to everyone
— and in that false mollification of the middle, he loses ground, he gives up his bearings, and he becomes ordinary.
Is there really now a pound’s worth of difference between Obama and McCain?
I’m beginning to think not — no matter who wins, we’ll still be stuck in Iraq, we’ll be drilling even deeper for oil in Alaska, we’ll continue to lag behind India and China in technological breakthroughs and we’ll have our necks broken trying to follow their massive stream of advanced engineering graduates into the world while we here in Das Homeland futter around with religion in the schools and bluster about our strength by building bigger bombs and we’ll obsess over talk radio ranting against women, Blacks and any other “stranger” that climbs a wall or crosses a sea to hope to become part of what was once a great calling for a nation, but has now become a mere imitation of itself as its values bleed away in foreign sand and its morality becomes tainted not by the Church — but by the state.
Not even Joe Biden can save us from that descent into a self-interested tail-eating while the rest of the world bites off our head.