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12:55 PM ET, August 23, 2008

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Ron Fournier / Associated Press:
Analysis: Biden pick shows lack of confidence  —  Featured Topics: - John McCain - Barack Obama  —  DENVER - The candidate of change went with the status quo.  —  In picking Sen. Joe Biden to be his running mate, Barack Obama sought to shore up his weakness — inexperience in office …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
FOURNIER IS AT IT AGAIN.... The latest piece from Ron Fournier, the AP's Washington bureau chief and the man responsible for directing the wire service's coverage of the presidential campaign, on Joe Biden joining the Democratic ticket, is drawing a fair amount of attention this morning.
New York Times:
Obama Chooses Biden as Running Mate  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Barack Obama has chosen Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware to be his running-mate, turning to a leading authority on foreign policy and a longtime Washington hand to fill out the Democratic ticket, people told of the decision said.
Howard Wolfson / The New Republic:
Pick Up  —  How Biden strengthens Obama.  —  I have long been on record in support of Hillary Clinton for v.p., but it is clear that was never in the offing.  Clinton aside, Joe Biden was the best possible pick for Senator Obama.  Here's why:  —  RELATED CONTENT  —  Slideshow: Joe Biden's Career
Discussion: Gotham Acme and TIME.com
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
HAPPINESS IS A THING CALLED JOE  —  Barack Obama's selection of Joe Biden as his running mate is underwhelming for many reasons, but it affords an opportunity to review a few of the moments that might have provided all the embarrassment a normal man would have needed to escape from public life.
Discussion: The Corner and Hot Air
CNN:
Sources: Obama picks Joe Biden as VP candidate  —  (CNN) — Sen. Barack Obama has picked Delaware Sen. Joe Biden to be his running mate, multiple Democratic sources tell CNN.  —  The longtime Democratic senator was long considered a likely choice for vice president, but the buzz surrounding …
Bill Nichols / The Politico:
The ticket: Obama-Biden  —  Barack Obama has ended an intense and highly secretive search for a vice-presidential nominee by settling on Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware—a choice calculated to offset some of the weaknesses in Obama's own resume and produce a ticket that marries messages of change and experience.
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Obama Picks Biden as V.P.  —  Barack Obama confers with Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) during a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which Biden chairs.  —  Barack Obama has chosen Delaware Sen. Joe Biden as his vice presidential running mate, a pick designed to shore …
Jennifer Parker / Political Punch:
U.S. Secret Service on Way to Biden's House; Kaine and Bayh Told Nope on Veep  —  The United States Secret Service has dispatched a protective detail to assume the immediate protection of Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., a source tells ABC News, indicating in all likelihood that Biden …
Bridget Johnson:
So Joe Biden is ‘change’?  —  Oh, my my my my... remember this was the guy who marveled about Barack Obama being “the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy”?  The AP is reporting that Joe Biden is Obama's No. 2, and that the text message …
Associated Press:
Obama selects Biden as running mate … WASHINGTON (AP) - Barack Obama named Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware as his vice presidential running mate early Saturday, balancing his ticket with a seasoned congressional veteran well-versed in foreign policy and defense issues.
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
That's the Ticket!  —  Why loquacious Delaware senator Joe Biden is a terrific vice-presidential pick for Barack Obama.  —  It's a great pick!  He connects with blue-collar voters and reassures voters worried about Barack Obama's foreign policy inexperience.  —  Senator Joe Biden, Barack Obama's vice-presidential selection
James Fallows:
About Biden as speaker (updated)
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:   McCain to air Biden TV ad
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Biden's Views on Liberal Democrats
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Pajamas Media
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
O'Biden! O'Biden! O'Biden!
Discussion: www.redstate.com and Commentary
The Campaign Spot:   Digesting an Obama-Biden Ticket
Marc Ambinder:
Obama's Website Offers Clues About What Obama Sees In Biden
The Politico:
A statesman known for slips of his tongue
Discussion: Hot Air and www.redstate.com
Jim Oliphant / The Swamp:
Joe Biden's long road to redemption
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs
Marc Ambinder:
Obama Picks Sen. Joe Biden
Discussion: marbury and Donklephant
Moira Whelan / democracyarsenal.org:
Biden People
Washington Wire:
Texting, Texting.  One, Two, Three.  —  Amy Chozick waits for a text message in Chicago.
Discussion: techPresident and The Caucus
CNN:
Sources tell CNN: Obama names Biden as Dem VP
MSNBC:
Obama chooses Biden as running mate
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Breaking: Obama selects Joe Biden as his VP running mate
Discussion: Hot Air, The Huffington Post and QandO
Dan / Riehl World View:
Did Obama Just Lose The Election?  —  It's lost in the Veep hype for now.  Down the stretch that won't be the case.  After he is softened up and a growing number of Americans are given reasons for concern over Obama's Leftism - there's this and some pertinent facts on China below.
Jacob Weisberg / Slate:
RACISM IS THE ONLY REASON MCCAIN MIGHT BEAT HIM.  —  What with the Bush legacy of reckless war and economic mismanagement, 2008 is a year that favors the generic Democratic candidate over the generic Republican one.  Yet Barack Obama, with every natural and structural advantage in the presidential race …
Discussion: Hot Air and Ace of Spades HQ
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Biden  —  The clip above explains the rationale, I'd say.  The biggest emerging problem with the Obama campaign is Obama's reluctance, lack of talent and lack of will to get into lively, feisty, pissing matches with his opponent.  This was brought home in the Saddleback forum.
 
 
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