Saturday, August 23, 2008


All the cable news channels are saying that Scranton native Delaware Senator Joe Biden will be the next Vice President of the United States. There is no confirmation from the campaign yet and I'm still waiting for a text message. I think it's a solid pick.
Update 2: Local reaction
Statement by Congressman Paul Kanjorski, D, PA 11
“I applaud Sen. Barack Obama’s selection of U.S. Sen. Joseph Biden as his choice to be the nominee of the Democratic Party for Vice President.

“All residents of the 11th District, but particularly those in Lackawanna County and Scranton, can be proud that Sen. Obama has chosen a native son of Northeastern PA to be part of our winning team in this year’s presidential election. Sen. Biden is often referred to as Pennsylvania’s third Senator. He’s a true Democrat.

“As a Super Delegate supporter of Hillary Clinton, I think we can be pleased that two Democrats with roots in our area are playing such a prominent role in this year’s election.

“Sen. Biden’s experience in the Congress, his expertise as chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee and his progressive record for hardworking middle-class families on domestic matters are perfect complements for Sen. Obama’s leadership skills as our presidential nominee.

“I have campaigned with Joe Biden in Northeastern Pennsylvania numerous times and look forward to joining him on the campaign trail again this year to elect a Democratic president, House and Senate to get America back on the right track again.”
Barack Obama selects "Pennsylvania's Third Senator"
Sen. Casey, Scranton and supporters will gather to watch his historic speech today...
Sen. Bob Casey, and other friends and supporters of Sen. Joe Biden
Will gather to watch his speech from Springfield,IL with Sen. Obama
Cosgrove's 325 Green Ridge St. Scranton
Update 3: GOP Senators offer support for Biden today
Sen. Arlen Specter:
Pennsylvania's Arlen Specter, a Republican who serves on the Judiciary Committee with Biden and often rides Amtrak with him to Washington, also offered praise. "No one on the Democratic side knows more about foreign policy than Sen. Biden," Specter said. "He's been an articulate spokesman on the subject. He also knows about domestic policy. He's been a leader on crime control." LINK<
Sen. Chuck Hagel:
U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel issued the following statement today following Senator Barack Obama's selection of Senator Joe Biden as the presumptive Democratic Vice Presidential nominee: "Joe Biden is the right partner for Barack Obama. His many years of distinguished service to America, his seasoned judgment and his vast experience in foreign policy and national security will match up well with the unique challenges of the 21st Century. An Obama-Biden ticket is a very impressive and strong team. Biden's selection is good news for Obama and America," Hagel said. LINK<>
Sen. Richard Lugar:
Tbilisi, Georgia - U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar made the following statement today en route to Tbilisi. "I congratulate Senator Barack Obama on his selection of my friend, Senator Joe Biden, to be his vice-presidential running mate. I have enjoyed for many years the opportunity to work with Joe Biden to bring strong bipartisan support to United States foreign policy..." LINK<>
Update 4: From Hillary
I want to congratulate Joe Biden on becoming the vice presidential nominee. Joe is a friend and colleague, a strong experienced leader and a devoted public servant. I look forward to not only seeing him in Denver next week but on the trail as I work to help Barack Obama and Joe Biden along with many other Democratic candidates campaign this fall.


Anonymous said...

so the candidate of change, running against an old white guy who has been in washington d.c. forever, picked as the potential v.p., the person a heartbeat away from being president, an old white guy, who has been in washington, d.c. longer than his opponent. that is change??

NEPAConseravtive said...

Great choice:

”I think he can be ready, but right now I don’t believe he is. The presidency is not something that lends itself to on-the-job training.” - Joe Biden on Barack Obama.

And you owe me an answer on those breif and angry posts you left G.
Try and show some love next time brother.

Forrest Gump said...

It's all over but the crying! Only strong choice would have been Hillary. I guarantee the Republican's retain the White House.

professor milburn cleaver, opa said...

I am not going to criticize Mr. Obama for his choice of Sen. Biden as veep nominee; indeed it is one of the few intelligent moves that the Senator has undertaken. I understand that many of the young people who support Mr. Obama are going to have a hissyfit at the choice of a so called "old man" for Vice President, but in reality, it was the only move that he could have taken if he is to be taken seriously by the mass of the public. Mr. Biden adds a much lacking serious maturity to the ticket, whereas Mr. Obama is full of a "sunshine, lollipops and rainbows" view of the world situation, Mr. Biden is far more of a realist. Biden will indeed add a bit of honor to Mr. Obama's defeat in November; much the way that Lloyd Bentsen did for Gov. Dukakis back in '88 (in a campaign, may I remind you, very similar to this one). Class dismissed.

Danny Bauder said...

Hooray for Scranton!

pj the wb lefty said...

Biden is perfect. Will attack when needed in a thoughtful way. Don't give me the change arguement, because had he picked a fresh face, then everyone would have been screaming "two newbies with no experience". And Hilary as a change agent isn't convincing either...she's been in politics almost as long as Biden. Besides, all these arguements and points the GOP is making are going to come right back at them when McSane picks his veep....

Gort said...


You, Hillary and Corbett can take your ball and go home.

Gort said...


I still love you :)

pj the wb lefty said...

Corbett is just ridiculous. He is so far in McCain's camp, but the funny thing is he keeps saying "I'm not voting for McCain". I have yet to hear him speak an ill word of McCain, or even question anything. I called yesterday and just asked him to admit that the house answer was at least a political missspeak. Instead, it was Obama who was at fault for taking the issue on. What?

Gort said...


He also trashes Kanjo and Carney all the time while saying he won't vote for their opponents.

He was really short with Chris Hackett yesterday because he was busy patting himself on the back for coming up with some ideas for a Hackett TV spot.

As Mark says, it's all about him.

pj the wb lefty said...

You are right. He's fitting in perfectly in his slot between Rush and Savage.

Forrest Gump said...


We'll take our ball and the election with it. I got news for you. I'm not the only one that feels this way.

And as far as Corbett goes, he's just a loser who happens to be on the same side of this issue with me. He's nothing more than a sensationalist. His radio show is a joke. Mrs. Gump has banned me from listening to him while driving because she is afraid I will lose control and get in an accident.

So I'd appreciate it if you wouldn't compare me to Corbett in the future.

prsent said...

Joe Biden is actually a great choice for the liberal messiah. I think he really fills in the gaps for Obama, who sucks at foreign policy and has very little experience on the Federal level. Biden's been on the Federal scene over over 30 years, and his experience with foreign relations makes the democratic team one that will be stronger. There are a couple of differences between the two. Biden's voting record on abortion leans pro-life. Obama is pro-choice. On the issue of gay marriage, Biden is middle-of the road. On everything else, both support liberal positions.

N. R. said...

another entrenched OLD WHITE MALE, WTF.... I'm voting Paris Hilton, she had the best energy policy ever presented in this country, and if needed she can charge the national debt to her American Express Card.

Anonymous said...

Hey, dude, thanx for your endorsment *wink wink*. I promise if you vote for me no white haired guys are gonnabe part of my -- uhm... cabinet?

And as far as health care - if daddy can't pay for your implants and penis enlargements, I'll make sure you all have 10 inches or at least a c cup... because that's hot.

I'll even make it illegal for old white hair dudes to wear shorts and their socks up to their knees Because you need to tan more than your kneecaps.

Please vote for me!!!

hugs and kisses



NEPAConseravtive said...

Thanks G : )

NEPAConseravtive said...

Specter, Hagel and Lugar Might support Biden, but Biden supports McCain...what ???

“The only guy on the other side who’s qualified is John McCain.”

“John McCain is a personal friend, a great friend, and I would be honored to run with or against John McCain, because I think the country would be better off, be well off no matter who…”

Plus he's one of those Old Guys that yall Democrats said were too old to lead. Biden is only 6 years younger than McCain.

On a side note, Biden gives us lots to talk about...for now.

PUMA's aren't going to be too happy about this.

JediMaster9780 said...

The PUMA's are spiteful and that is all that they are. Sore losers.

It is a bit presumptuous to assume that young people will be throwing fits because of Biden. I am young and I am very happy that Biden is the pick. The younger people I have talked to since the announcement, the under 25 crowd, are all pleased about Biden.

NEPAConseravtive said...

Yeah but the under 25 crowd typicaly don't drag their butts out to vote.

Is McCain to Old ?
Is Biden too Old ?

To write the PUMA's off as spiteful means you don't understand the PUMAS. It is a group of women libers and men like Steve Corbett that hate the fact that they were born male.

NEPAExpat said...

I still don't get the Hilltards (credit: Wonkette). When history is written, her campaign will be assessed as the most incompetent in primary history. The Junior Senator basically tried to slice off donations from at the very beginning saying all for her or she'll take nothing. Her campaign basically coasted for the first few months and basically became the personification of the negative stereotype pushed onto female politicians.

Times have changed and the Clintons were unprepared with the new news cycle realities. I just find it funny that our race for President changed drastically based upon the sexual proclivities of the husband of Jeri Ryan (Boston Legal, Star Trek).