But what of Barack Obama's choice for vice president?
It's hard not to like the Joe Biden that Ryan Lizza introduces us to in this week's New Yorker. More specifically, it's hard not to respect the thought that went into Biden's selection, both on his part and on Obama's.
Before McCain's mind was made up, Governor Palin responded to a question from CNBC's Larry Kudlow regarding her VP candidacy by saying, "As for that VP talk all the time, I'll tell you, I still can't answer that question until somebody answers for me what is it exactly that the VP does every day?" Unfortunately, the Democrats have done to Palin what they so often charge the Republicans with; the quote is taken entirely out of context. In fact, Palin continued, "I'm used to being very productive and working real hard in an administration. We want to make sure that that VP slot would be a fruitful type of position."
It's simply lazy to cast Palin as not understanding the VP's role. If anything, she aptly suggests that many of our past VPs have done very little, and that a position of this nature would not suit her. Ironically, this is precisely the role she has assumed in the McCain administration.
Lizza's great accomplishment is not his (superb) biographical or ideological accounts of Biden, but the clarity with which he addresses Palin's question. I know exactly what kind of VP Joe Biden will be, and I for one, am excited.