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23 August 2008 @ 10:44 am
Well, well  
Obama selected Biden as his running mate.

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.
Current Mood: curiouscurious
A Joyous Life (formerly Warrior Priest)a_joyous_life on August 23rd, 2008 03:36 pm (UTC)
Great post. Biden certainly brings balance to the ticket; they will do well if they spin themselves strongly as a team rather than number one and number two. I love that Biden is Catholic; I think he will be able to uniquely hammer the democratic parties new "safe, legal and rare" stance on abortion.

I had not been following Sarah Palin. She would be a brilliant choice. I had been toying with the idea of Condi Rice or J.C. Watts---other brilliant conservatives with depth. Time announced it had a scoop that Mitt Romney was McCain's choice---I hope so, since that will cost him the election. The evangelicals tend to get really stupid when it comes to Latter Day Saints.

For me, this is the greatest fun---a spectator sport.
Радаdigitalemur on August 23rd, 2008 03:46 pm (UTC)
*wry smile* It makes a good spectator sport, yes. Though I do feel bad for all the Canadians I hung out with in June who were ALREADY sick and tired of our presidential election cycle, and groaned in disgust when I said "yeah, it'll die down for the summer, but when convention time rolls around in August, look out...."
Trish Rhodesster00ling on August 23rd, 2008 04:37 pm (UTC)
Obama's decision for picking Biden was...interesting. Biden made a comment on more than one occasion that he had no interest in being the VP alongside Obama but that if asked, he would have to say yes. Granted, he also said it was because he was running for president, but still. I personally wouldn't want someone backing me who isn't particularly interested in the job, but would do it solely because it's a position you can't say no to. Who knows, maybe if elected it would help make better decisions given they don't agree on everything. Obama also stated in your linked article he was looking for someone to fill in the gaps of his resume rather than someone who shared his views. Again, little hesitant on being a supporter of that, but who know, maybe that's what he needs. Only the election will tell.

Now how about those self-proclaimed hippies that still think Hilary has a running chance? :)
daisy_downdaisy_down on August 25th, 2008 11:10 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure why you would *have* to respect a woman who chose not to abort a Down's baby but who would gladly abort the right of all women to have a choice with regards to their personal health care and medical autonomy.
Wiseacreewin on August 26th, 2008 12:09 pm (UTC)
She's hardly the only politician, on either side of the fence, to champion unpracticable rules for living. Politics is riddled with idiots with idiotic ideas about how the rest of us ought to live. The difference is, she sticks by hers, even when it's hard. I respect that. (Note I didn't use the phrase, "you have to respect a woman who...", just me.)
daisy_downdaisy_down on August 29th, 2008 03:06 am (UTC)
You're right.

Please excuse my sharp tone--I haven't been myself these past few days.