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  •  i've come to like Biden (1+ / 0-)
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    shaharazade

    and would be quite pleased to see Obama pick him.

    While I agree that Biden would be an excellent attack dog, if the attack functions are dealt with by the campaign, then Reed would provide a more likable running mate than Biden. Biden can rub people the wrong way; if he's picked, he should attack the Republicans, but he should try not to turn off the voters in the process. There's a fine line to be most effective as an attack dog and Biden would need to be trained well. Reed would also benefit from some prepping to be a bit more aggressive in making his arguments on TV, in the VP convention speech, and in the VP debate.

    Reed voted against the war (unlike Biden), despite his military background, and has been the Dems' "go to guy" on foreign/military policy matters for many years.

    Physical appearances won't matter much. I personally liked the way they (Obama and Reed) looked together during the overseas trip. Don't know his height, but isn't McCain a relative shorty too?

    Reed is very progressive with a strong positive record on domestic issues such as home ownership, education, etc. Biden's bankruptcy bill (which Reed voted against) is a liability with Biden, both in progressive terms and electoral terms. Since both foreign and domestic policies are equally important in this election, Reed would be a sounder choice.

    Reed has a blue collared background (his father was a janitor!) which can really play well in some red/rural states (and counties) that we want to turn blue. His style and manner would be an effective way to sell progressive values and policies to skeptical people in the middle; his background jives with it.

    Reed would be an outstanding VP to have as we try to reform the Democratic party from the inside out and outside in.

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