If not Hillary, then why not Richardson?

Presumptive Democrat presidential nominee Barack Obama has chosen, and his selection of Sen. Joe Biden for the ticket’s second spot has not helped his faltering campaign:

It’s a dead heat in the race for the White House. The first national poll conducted entirely after Barack Obama publicly named Joe Biden as his running mate suggests that battle for the presidency between the Illinois senator and Republican rival John McCain is all tied up.

In a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll out Sunday night, 47 percent of those questioned are backing Obama with an equal amount supporting the Arizona senator.

“This looks like a step backward for Obama, who had a 51 to 44 percent advantage last month,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

“Even last week, just before his choice of Joe Biden as his running mate became known, most polls tended to show Obama with a single-digit advantage over McCain,” adds Holland.

So what’s the difference now?

It may be supporters of Hillary Clinton, who still would prefer the Senator from New York as the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee.

Sixty-six percent of Clinton supporters, registered Democrats who want Clinton as the nominee, are now backing Obama. That’s down from 75 percent in the end of June. Twenty-seven percent of them now say they’ll support McCain, up from 16 percent in late June.

Well, duh, of course Obama should have chosen Hillary. Everyone knows that. JFK had the political sense to choose LBJ, even though there was as much bad blood between the two, if not more, than exists between Obama and Clinton. And that is just one reason why Obama is not, as his devoted followers would have us believe, the next JFK. The Chosen One could not bring himself to seal the breech that divides his party. If Obama can’t even reach out to the Clinton supporters in his own party, how can anyone expect him to reach out across the aisle to Republicans as president, something his campaign also claims he would do?

So if not Hillary, why Biden? He’s well known for “shooting from the lip” with his track record of gaffes, plagiarism and such goofy ideas as partitioning Iraq and, right after 9/11, sending a check for $200 Million to Iran. Who really wants this clown “a heartbeat away” from being our Commander in Chief? Biden is the worst possible pick that Obama could have made, which says a lot about his decision-making ability.

Good Lord, if Obama couldn’t tolerate Hillary as his running mate, why didn’t he pick someone on the order of Bill Richardson? Unlike Biden, Richardson has executive government experience as governor of New Mexico, a key swing state with 5 electoral votes. Delaware’s 3 electoral votes are are already in the bank. Richardson’s approval ratings in his home state have consistently been over 60%, which means as a VP nominee, he could probably deliver New Mexico for Obama.

Hailing from an energy-producing state and having served as head of the Department of Energy, Richardson would have also brought with him some strength to Obama’s ticket on an issue which is going to be important to voters come November.

Biden was, we are told, chosen for his “expertise” on foreign policy. Bill Richardson has foreign policy creds of his own, and his views on international affairs aren’t as far off-planet as some of Biden’s.

No, I’m not a Richardson booster, nor would I even be disposed to vote for him in any capacity. I’m a conservative first, a Republican second and quite relieved that Bill Richardson was not selected. Unlike Biden, his selection would have most certainly helped Obama’s campaign. I’m only saying that if Obama couldn’t stand the idea of Hillary Clinton as his running mate, Richardson, a loyal Obamunist since March, would have been a much better selection than Joe Biden. Even with that ridiculous beard.

– JP