As the world stops in its orbit to await who will be annointed as Barack Obama's choice for a vice presidential running mate, I thought it would be fun to look at one possibility; Deleware Senator Joe Biden.
Biden is the Elton John of American politics. One day he had a steel-wool comb over of what I presume was back hair, and the next he had a full head of Ken Doll-like plugs.
But personal grooming isn't everything. Just ask John Edwards.
The more interesting thing about Joe Biden is that he is a world-class plagiarist. He stole a speech nearly verbatim during his 1987 campaign for president from British politician Neal Kinnock, and was savaged by Michael Dukakis, possibly costing him the race.
Obama must feel a kinship for this fellow thief of rhetoric. You may recall in February that Obama was hammered for stealing nearly verbatim a speech that Deval Patrick had given a little over a year before. This was the memorable and ironically labeled "Just Words" speech.
Biden apparently had a problem with plagiarism even while in college, so this was hardly a new thing for him.
If Biden is chosen, I can't wait to hear some of their convention speeches;
"The only thing we have to fear is... fear itself!"
"Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country."
"Four Score and Seven years ago..."
Nothing says "change" like selecting an old fart who has been in Washington for over 30 years.