Saturday, August 23, 2008

My response to Biden: Yawn!

So I wake up this morning ... and immediately check my phone for my text from Barack Obama, announcing his Veep pick. I didn't have one from Barack ... just one from Rus Thompson telling me "It's Spitzer." (Thanks, Rus. I'll get ya back).

So I check my Twitter ...


Really? Joe Biden? And he announced it at like three in the morning? Way to completely screw up at the end there, Obama. You had everyone interested. Intrigued. Frothing at the mouth. And then ... when everyone's asleep you make the announcement that the most boring of your "short list" is "the guy."


Look, I don't have anything against Joe Biden. I just don't have anything for him either. He makes me sleepy. And he's not exactly the merchant of "change," is he? Of course, he's also "safe." And I guess that's what Obama was going for ... is "safe."

Some will commend him for "safe," but I think it shows a certain level of arrogance on his part. It means he thinks the election is his to lose. And with that attitude, he just might.

Front Pages for August 23, 2008

Normally I just put the front pages up and let you see for yourself, but I thought it interesting to point out the difference this morning between the Buffalo News ... and the three Greater Niagara Newspapers. Neither the Buffalo News, the Gazette, Lockport Journal or Tonawanda News were positive as of press time.

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The headline on the Tonawanda News Veep story is: "Obama Veep still a mystery," while the Gazette and US&J hint that they think they know ... "Obama 'Biden' his time." The Buffalo News was the bravest amongst the group, betting that Biden would win out. Their headline: "Biden leads pack to join Obama." Of course, the story itself indicates that it's still unclear but headed in that direction. Had Obama picked anyone but Biden, the News would have looked stupid. But they rolled the dice and won. Not something I usually recommend, by the way - guessing on news.