What Biden Brings to the Party

Delaware senator has what Barack lacks
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Aug 23, 2008 7:51 AM CDT
When it comes to politics, Biden is a fighter.   (AP Photo/Greg Gibson)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama’s choice of Joe Biden as a running mate looks like fairly simple calculus, notes Massimo Calabres in Time: his strengths bolster Obama’s weak points. Biden has logged six terms in the Senate; he’s a foreign-policy expert; and he’s a Catholic popular with blue-collar white voters. Perhaps most importantly, he’s a political firebrand.

"Biden''s biggest edge in the homestretch may have come, paradoxically, from his greatest liability: his personality," Calabres writes. "Obama is charismatic, but in tough political confrontations he can be cautious and reserved. A running mate who can add passion to the coming battles, Biden has a fire-in-the-belly quality Obama lacks."