November 4th, 2008
03:08 PM ET

Joe the Veep

Bob Shrum
In 2000, when we were discussing vice-presidential choices with Al Gore, my partner Tad Devine conceded that Joe Lieberman would be an immediate hit; but he believed Lieberman would prove a long-term bust. He told Gore: “What you need is Mr. October, not Mr. August.”

Barack Obama got both when he picked Sen. Joe Biden. The Delaware Democrat immediately demonstrated that he was a happy warrior who could take the fight to McCain, stand up for Obama and connect with blue-collar voters and Catholics. Yet by late October, the conventional wisdom strangely had turned, devaluing Biden’s role and his appeal, and reporting that the supposedly gaffe-prone candidate had been hidden away after stating that Obama would be “tested” by a foreign crisis in his first few months in office.

Reporters have focused far more attention on Joe the Plumber than on Joe the Veep, Joe the Validator, Joe the Defender, Joe the Political Partner. McCain, who probably shouldn’t mention V.P. picks outside a confessional, scoffed at Biden last weekend as “the gift that keeps on giving”—despite the fact that Biden has helped deliver constituents and states and, hours from now, will help deliver the Presidency itself to Barack Obama. Standing behind McCain on the stage as he spoke, a sour-looking Cindy McCain didn’t even crack a smile. I suspect she knows the reality—of the race and of the value of the respective running mates.

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Brenda Johnson

    Now the elecetion is over it is clear we are under the judgement of GOD!!!! No one attempts to give away the Holy Land of Isreal and survives it !!! God himself protects the land of Isreal ! Everytime we have went against Isreal some disaster has occured within a 24 hour period !!! Watch for yourself and see.

    November 5, 2008 at 3:36 am |
  2. rotto rutter ralph

    A straight up comparison of Palin against Biden tells me that Biden has all the experience at a national level and it is all in the senate. Palin's socialistic tax policies will not work on the nation level. Gave Wassila residents 40% property tax cut, hired a lobbyist sent to DC where federal dollars where acquired to cover tax cut. Tax the rich and balance budget and give rest to everybody is Obama's plan and what Palin did in Alaska.This is socialistic according to litmus test of republicans had to raise excise taxes on oil which would never work for the oil rich republican party.

    November 4, 2008 at 7:35 pm |
  3. Diane

    Anxiously waiting for that last vote to be counted. What history!!!

    November 4, 2008 at 7:02 pm |
  4. Annie Kate

    Senator Biden is a great choice for Veep. He's steady, he's been around in Washington for years and knows how to get things done and after the election he will continue being helpful as Obama tries to fix everything Bush broke.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    November 4, 2008 at 5:54 pm |
  5. Jackie in Dallas

    Joe the Veep didn't have to campaign, Palin was winning votes for Obama for him. I"m not surprised that Cindy was looking a little bitter, she's probably been watching McCain stare at Palin like she's his ideal! Karma, Cindy, karma.

    November 4, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  6. lampe

    Let me guess Bob. you are an Obama Supporter. Why, is it okay, for you to make ignorant comments about Mrs. McCain, and Gov. Palin? I bet you wouldn't dare make a remark about some of the evil-looks that Michelle Obama, has given to reporters. I will be so glad when this election, is over, so maybe all of you CNN, Obama Supporters, can get back to reporting the news fair and square. If that is even possible with some of you people.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  7. Stacy from NJ

    Biden sealed the deal for me to vote Obama. Palin would have chased me away from McCain anyway, but when Obama picked Biden I knew how I was going to vote.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  8. Larry

    Why would Biden vote to keep his senate seat when he's gonna be vp? Can you be vp and have a senate seat? Did obama do the same thing?

    November 4, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  9. leslie

    McCain ought to be glad that he just gave himself another 10 long healthy years by losing this election; the White House is too stressful for an old man. McCain assured himself this blessing by running a divisive campaign, and insulting the intelligence of women by picking Palin.

    The GOP can then regroup and figure out whether they want to continue being hijacked by the religious right, the war-happy neocons, and Palin's "real pro-American" intolerant hate-mongering crowds.

    Today Republicans will get what they deserve – a shameful defeat. The will get a down-home Mississippi whopping by Americans.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  10. Barb, Des Plaines

    At the end of the day McCain's VP pick turned out to be the gift that everyone wants to regift. Yikes!

    November 4, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  11. Cindy

    OMG...PLEASE! Joe Biden has done nothing to help Obama. The only thing he was good for was to give Obama some experience on his ticket. He has made so many gaffes, if the media would have actually covered them instead of hiding them he would have hurt Obama. That is why Obama has had a gag on him this past few weeks.


    November 4, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  12. Mia

    Let's face it, anyone in office is tested. But, John McCain is so senile, what are we doing to our country by voting for Sarah Palin? If she had to take over, heaven help America. Yes, she is a woman, but she is no Hillary Clinton. I absolutely LOVE Joe Biden and his family. Doesn't anyone get it, that we cannot keep a Republican administration. My job was outsourced overseas, my mother-in-law lost her pension and some of her Social Security. She went from $10 in food stamps to nothing. Abortion is done every day in America and it is a Republican presidency. We need Change! Wake up America. We NEED OBAMA-BIDEN!

    November 4, 2008 at 3:20 pm |