Two quotes from that article:
"Although he initially voted to authorize the war in Iraq... Mr. Biden became a persistent critic of President George W. Bush’s policies in Iraq."
"Mr. Biden is Roman Catholic, giving him appeal to that important voting bloc, though he favors abortion rights."
I'm currently annoyed that I can't vote for THIS guy instead.
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Edit: there's a lot of noise about Sarah Palin being a good choice for McCain.
I don't want to like Sarah Palin, but it's hard not to. She opposes same-sex marriage, but supports benefits for same-sex couples and was the first Alaska governor to sign them into law. She's also vigorously pro-life, but I have to respect a woman who refused to abort a Down Syndrome baby (her fifth child).
It occurs to me that one of the biggest problems with presidential candidates is that it takes a brilliant, energetic, courageous, mentally resilient, nearly unstoppable individual to run for office. The problem is that once they're there, if they aren't also extraordinarily compassionate and imaginative (two traits that could probably kill you on the campaign trail), they aren't going to implement policies that make any sense for the rest of us poor schmucks.