Papa is not one to brag, but - as the "Splendid Splinter," Ted Williams, once said: "If it's true, it ain't bragging!" More than a month ago, on July 16th to be exact, what did Papa say about who would be Barack Obama's pick to be his running mate? Well, in case you've forgotten... take a look:
PAPADABLOGGER, JULY 16, 2008
THE HISTORICAL ODDS HEAVILY FAVOR A US SENATOR IN 2008 TO BE BARACK OBAMA'S RUNNING MATE... JOSEPH BIDEN FITS THE HISTORICAL MOLD PERFECTLY.
So... is Papa bragging, or what? Joe Biden not only fits the mold - he is the mold! And he's now the official choice to run as VP on a Democratic Party ticket headed by Obama headed.
Papa wants to remind his readers why he made this prediction. Here's what he wrote last month:
FOR NEARLY 50 YEARS THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY HAS LOOKED TO THE US SENATE FOR ITS VICE PRESIDENTS. AND IT HAS ESPECIALLY SOUGHT OUT WELL-KNOWN, POPULAR AND ACTIVE SENATORS, POLITICIANS WITH THEIR OWN CONSTITUENCIES, MANY WITH PERSONAL HISTORIES OF SEEKING THE PRESIDENCY THEMSELVES. EXAMINE THE LIST: LYNDON JOHNSON, HUBERT HUMPHREY, WALTER MONDALE, LLOYD BENTSEN, AL GORE, JOSEPH LIEBERMAN AND JOHN EDWARDS - ALL NATIONAL FIGURES WITH PRESIDENTIAL AMBITIONS.
But, I hear you asking - what about the "experts," the pundits, the talking heads on TV? Aren't they the ones who really know what's happening? Don't these "pretty faces" have all the inside sources, the real skinny on Washington politics?
Again... here's Papa from July 16th:
THE CURRENT PUNDITS MAKE A BIG DEAL OF THE PARTY'S INTEREST IN GOVERNORS AS POTENTIAL VP NOMINEES. THEY STRESS THE ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE GOVERNORS HAVE THAT LEGISLATORS LACK. AND THEY TALK ABOUT BRINGING "SWING STATES" INTO THE ELECTORAL FOLD. BUT THE HISTORY OF WHO ACTUALLY GETS NOMINATED DOESN'T JIBE WITH THAT ANALYSIS. IN THE LAST 100 YEARS, THE DEMOCRATS HAVE NOMINATED ONLY 5 GOVERNORS FOR VICE PRESIDENT: JOHN KERR OF INDIANA IN 1908, THOMAS MARSHALL, ALSO OF INDIANA IN 1912, FDR OF NEW YORK IN 1920, CHARLES BYRON OF NEBRASKA IN 1924 AND JOSEPH ROBINSON FROM ARKANSAS IN 1928. WELL, WHAT'S THAT MEAN? IT'S BEEN 80 YEARS - 80 YEARS! - SINCE THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY SELECTED A STATE GOVERNOR TO BE ITS VICE PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE.
For all those who were sure Obama would select Gov. Tim Kaine, please read that last line again.
IT'S BEEN 80 YEARS - 80 YEARS! - SINCE THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY SELECTED A STATE GOVERNOR TO BE ITS VICE PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE.
You can maake that 84 years now.
Obama/Biden '08! Papa is sitting pretty today.