Ok, I know you won't believe me but I was telling friends I thought it would be Biden months ago. There were four key things I felt that Obama had to consider when selecting his vice president: History, Drama, Synergy and Ying/Yang.
History – Ok this is my opinion but anyone that runs for the office of President of the United States has to have an ego. “You want to be the leader of the Free World?!” I feel Obama looked at this and thought when people look back on this moment in history it should be HIS STORY. To have picked someone like Bill Richardson, a Hispanic, or Hillary Clinton, a woman, would have meant he would have had to share this historical moment. Not going to happen.
Drama – The VP needs to be an easy pill to swallow, no surprise. With the right-wing trying to make Obama look like a risk he really doesn’t need excitement, he needs dependability. This eliminated people like Jim Webb who could be a bit blunt or Michael Bloomberg who was too opinionated.
Synergy – Can you say Hillary Clinton? Look Obama never could have selected Hillary without looking like a hypocrite. Everyone would have known he made the selection for political reasons and this would have been a slapped in the face of his Change message.
Ying/Yang – He needed someone who fit like a glove and fill his perceived weak points. Youth, Experience, Military Background, Outsider (yes, you can talk about change but in the end everyone knows you still have to be able to work with the insiders.) Joseph Biden fits the bill. He is reassuring, a common man’s man, safe, strong foreign policy experience and doesn’t take away from Obama’s historical accomplishment.
Who else did I like? Gov. Tim Kaine who is a popular governor of a critical swing state. He has working-class roots and a Harvard degree, and strong support from both business and labor. He is a devout Catholic and speaks fluent Spanish, and was the first governor outside Illinois to endorse Barack Obama for president.
Of course I have to also pick our Governor Phil Bredesen, but I could be a little bias.
By selecting Biden, Senator Obama sent a clear message to his supporters that he was his own man and to the Hillary camp, "It's over, now get on board and let's win."