On January 20, 2009, if John McCain takes the oath of office as the next President and Barack Obama returns to the Senate to figure out what happened to his once promising campaign, he should remember Friday, August 22, 2008 as the day he made a mistake that cost him the Presidency.
That was the day Obama named Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. as his running mate.
So much for the dream, so much for the promises of change, so much for casting aside the old way of doing things. If you want to deliver on those promises, you don’t pick a two-time loser as a Presidential candidate, a long-winded speaker who puts people to sleep or a known plagiarist who also lied outright when he said he would never accept an offer of the vice presidency.
Obama might, possibly, have come up with a worse choice than Joe Biden but that would be a short list.
Bringing Biden into the fold is a sellout of the highest order, a capitulation to the old-style liberalism that has sunk the Democratic Party time and again.
Picking Biden suggests Obama is not an agent of change but simply a purveyor of false hopes and impossible dreams.
Like many, I wanted to believe in the guy. He talked good but his actions since wrapping up the nomination have betrayed the trust of those who supported him and offered nothing but the same political pabulum to a nation that needed a candidate who would deliver on his promises.
Joe Biden? This is change?
Forget the future. Forget any hope of salvation for a nation in need. Get ready for the Presidency of John McCain.
The mafia has a saying for what we are facing: new boss, same as the old boss.
(AUTHOR’S NOTE: I revised this column on August 27 after deciding some of the original column was just too far over the top. I still think Biden was a bad choice but was wrong to consider it a fatal one. My bad.)