The Case for Joe Biden

Ron Goldstein in Newsweek discusses how Americans choose their presidents and makes the case for Joe Biden:

As the Democrats cast about for a candidate who can win in 2008, I want to make the case for Joe Biden. After 34 years in the Senate, Biden can appeal to voters on nearly all of the above criteria. He’s familiar to many voters-from his (admittedly verbose) questioning during the Alito hears to his passionate arguments in favor of U.S. intervention in the former Yugoslavia during the 1990s. In fact, Biden has held public office far longer than any of the new crop of possible presidential candidates (he was elected at the age of 29) and is an influential member and former chairman of both the Judiciary and Foreign Relations Committees.

The senior senator from Delaware has an appealing media persona: He’s not a bad-looking guy, and his performances seem real, not wooden like those of the last two Democratic nominees. Unlike Howard Dean, his outrage and passion is controlled, not manic. His voting record is appealing to centrist America: According to the National Journal, his liberal to conservative voting on social and foreign issues is in the 60-30 range. As for geography, how about Delaware? It may be small, but it is a state stuck smack in the mid-Atlantic area, a gateway between the Northeast with its great metropolitan areas and the critical Southeast. Together, the region is the most populous in the country.

Biden’s tough, compassionate, experienced, left-of-center political profile may be just the answer for the Democrats and the country.

Needless to say, we highly recommend reading the entire article.

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