Ann Coulter wrote, before the Biden pick was announced,
This week, Barack Obama's challenge is to select a running mate who's young, hip, and whose accomplishments in life don't overshadow Obama's. Allow me to suggest Kevin Federline.
Instead, Obama seems to have selected Harold Stassen. (If you don't remember who Harold Stassen was, click the link—but if you don't remember him, that makes my point.)
Mickey Kaus put it this way: "Maybe when I get to Denver I'll find someone who'll explain to me why Biden is an inspired choice. He doesn't have gravitas. He has seniority. "
Biden seems an odd pick for Obama, because some of Biden's "gaffes" have been racial ones.
- He told an Indian-American that in Delaware “you cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent.”
- He explained to the Washington Post editorial board that one of the reasons DC schools fail is their high minority population.
- He famously called Barack Obama "the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.”[Biden Unbound: Lays Into Clinton, Obama, Edwards, By Jason Horowitz, New York Observer, February 5, 2007]
This last gaffe caused Pat Buchanan to praise him and me to defend him.[Face It, Anything You Say About Obama Is A Gaffe] There are organizations that exist to prevent someone who's praised by Pat Buchanan and defended by me from even being quoted in the Mainstream Media. And they're nominating Biden for VP?