[quote='Cycloptichorn"]I doubt that any choice would have been applauded by the Republicans and met with nervous laughter. I've been reading a lot of this sort of flash response, and I'm quite sure that the same criticisms of 'weak pick' would have gone out towards ANY candidate that Obama picked. Or, can you tell me who would have been a strong pick, and one that would have made you nervous?
I don't know what relevance your riff about "the Republicans .. nervous laughter ...and this sort of flash response", etc might have to my estimate of the effect an Obama-Biden slate might have on a large part of the electorate.
I noted the apparent political "logic" of the choice, and, as well, the perhaps undetected contradiction implicit in the similarities of the two figures with respect to certain qualities that are indeed likely to negatively resonate with a large number of voters. I believe the point is valid, though I can only guess at the fraction of voters who might be so affected by the conjunction.
Making this ovservation doesn't oblige me to offer a better alternative to Obama. That is his problem, and, as I understand it the deed is done anyway.
In any event, the Biden choice will indeed reinforce the opposition of those who fear that Obama is merely a gifted rhetorician, facile with words and talk, but otherwise merely a mouthpiece for the organized issue groups that dominate the Democrat party - just like Joe Biden. Will we soon begin to hear some more reconstituted speeches by Niel Kinock?