“Ten days ago, Sen. Joe Biden was the most brilliant vice-presidential pick imaginable. He was going to add the experience and foreign-policy credential that Sen. Barack Obama’s thin resume was missing,” Ed Rollins writes at www.cnn.com.
“The so-called expert commentators were arguing that blue-collar Joe was going to guarantee Pennsylvania (because he was born in Scranton) and other states and get Catholic voters because he is a prochoice Catholic,” said Mr. Rollins, who served as political director for President Reagan and national chairman of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s 2008 presidential campaign
“I guess they forgot that Joe didn’t do so well with Iowa Catholics (23 percent of the population) when he campaigned there for more than a year in the Democratic caucus race. But then getting less than 1 percent of the vote and coming in fifth place showed he didn’t do real well with any voter group in Iowa. Nor did he do well anywhere else, other than Delaware.
“Then, after Sen. John McCain chose Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, people laughed and said Biden was going to wipe the floor with Palin in the vice-presidential debate. Now, after her incredible convention speech, Biden is saying that he’s the underdog because he’s not a very good debater.
“If Obama had done the smart thing, he would have picked Sen. Hillary Clinton for vice president. If he had, he would have united his party for sure and energized his base.
“He just couldn’t do it and maybe thought he didn’t need to do it. He was wrong.”