Goldberg: How Is Biden a Good 'Governing' Pick By Obama's Own Standards?

Teeing off the "Joe Who?" blog post Matt Jaffe and I did yesterday about how the media has largely abandoned covering Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del. -- especially compared to the throngs covering Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin -- The National Review's Jonah Goldberg asks how on earth Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., can consider Biden a good "governing" pick, considering:

• "Obama justified his entire bid against Hillary Clinton on the grounds that he had shown superior judgment by opposing the Iraq war.

• "Obama said over and over that we can't have the same people in different chairs if we want real reform.

• "His ad mocking McCain makes much hay of the fact that McCain came to Washington in 1982.

"Well: Biden supported the Iraq war, he's even more of a Washington insider than McCain (his heroic Amtrak commute notwithstanding) and he was well into his second six-year term in the Senate when McCain was first elected to the House in 1982. Now, either Obama's campaign rhetoric is a lie, or Biden isn't a good governing pick by Obama's own standards."

As Biden might say, "folks, answering this question will literally make your head explode." (Biden is the only person I've ever encountered who never uses the word "literally" literally.)

Anyway -- thoughts?

- jpt

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