26 August 2008

Biden & the "Dead Cat Bounce"

-- PRINCETON, NJ -- It's official: Barack Obama has received no bounce in voter support out of his selection of Sen. Joe Biden to be his vice presidential running mate.
Say it ain't so, Joe!
Gallup Poll Daily tracking from Aug. 23-25, the first three-day period falling entirely after Obama's Saturday morning vice presidential announcement, shows 46% of national registered voters backing John McCain and 44% supporting Obama, not appreciably different from the previous week's standing for both candidates.

This is the first time since Obama clinched the nomination in early June, though, that McCain has held any kind of advantage over Obama in Gallup Poll Daily tracking.
But, hey... he'll always have Teddy.


RELATED: What about the plagiarism?
The Biden episode merits revisiting because as acts of plagiarism go, it was spectacular, and because it points to other dicey chapters in his life.

To know Biden in full, you must appreciate his parts.
And guess what?

It wasn't the first time he'd done it.
If you give Biden the benefit of the doubt—and I don't—you'd expect that such a calamitous "mistake" from his youth would have seared into his mind the importance of keeping his mitts off of other people's words.

That it didn't speaks terabytes about his character.


Auntie Liberal said...

Yeah, nothing shows your committment to change like picking an old white male who's been a politician for decades. That'll sure shake up Washington.

Neo Conservative said...

"Auntie Liberal says... nothing shows your committment to change..."

yup... what a missed opportunity for a statement about "change" if obama had just gone with hillary... first black man PLUS first woman.

instead he went with the audacity of "same old, same old".


maryT said...

He can no longer use the stmt that McCain has been in the senate for 26 years to show that things need to change, when he picks someone who has been there longer.

Neo Conservative said...

apparently biden was first elected the year obama turned 12.

talk about an agent of hypocrisy.


Anonymous said...

GWB picked Cheney mainly so anyone concerned about his foreign policy experience would know what to expect, and be less concerned. Recall GWB "didn't even know who the President of Pakistan was" in 2000. But it was assumed Cheney did. Then after 9-11 GWB was said to have "grown into" the job. But having Cheney as VP let him allay any concerns about inexperience in foreign policy.

Plus, to bring about change (without it being revolutionary change) you still need to work with the old guard.

Neo Conservative said...

"anon says... you still need to work with the old guard."

to quote jeff goldblum from the "big chill"... i guess "rationalisations ARE more important than sex."

obama had a historic opportunity to wow his constituency (and everybody else) here... and instead he went with the s.o.s.