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2:35 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.
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: Ace of Spades HQ
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Looks Like The Obama Campaign Laid An Egg  —  By way of the Ace we see this image hosted at the Obama website (I am not the most computer-savvy guy going, but I am satisfied this is no spoof.)  —  Coupled as it is with the Biden announcement, I can only infer that the Obamaites think they laid an egg (no dissent here).
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 Political Radar
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.
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
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
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 …
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
New McCain Ad Hits Biden, Airs Footage Of Him Saying He'd Run With McCain
Jon Cohen / Washington Post:
New Data: Impact of Biden
Discussion: Kevin Drum
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Biden's Views on Liberal Democrats
Discussion: Pajamas Media
David Corn / MoJoBlog:
Obama Taps Biden: A Conventional But Perhaps Effective Pick
Discussion: Weekly Standard Blog
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org:
Harwood: Biden's Racially-Insensitive Gaffes ‘A Strength’
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
O'Biden! O'Biden! O'Biden!
Discussion: www.redstate.com
The Campaign Spot:
Digesting an Obama-Biden Ticket
Discussion: Marc Ambinder
Calvin Woodward / Associated Press:
Biden speaks _ and speaks _ his own mind
Jim Oliphant / The Swamp:
Joe Biden's long road to redemption
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs and Althouse
Moira Whelan / democracyarsenal.org:
Biden People
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.
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and EconoPundit
Michael Goldfarb / John McCain 2008:
Why 3 a.m.?  —  Less than two weeks ago, Obama campaign manager David Plouffe emailed supporters to assure them that they would be the first to know who Obama choose for his VP: … In the event, the press got wind of the announcement long before the text messages started going out.
Discussion: Hot Air and The Corner
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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.
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
No Terrorism Ties Here — Move Along  —  WNBC News in New York City reports that the NYPD, working with Suffolk Country police and the FBI, have concluded there are no terrorism ties to be concerned about in connection with their discovery that a man, described only as an Egyptian engineer …
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Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
The 3:00 AM Thing, Cont'd  —  I still think it's unlikely it was deliberate.  Why I'm giving Obama the benefit of the doubt here is something I'll have to ponder.  Anyway a tech-savvy friend writes: … You know what?  Even if it was a mistake, some grownup over there should have said “3:00 AM?
 
 
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