Joe Biden unable to compete with Palin when it comes to crowds

Washington Post

Biden Stumps in Palin’s Shadow

Democrats Split on Running Mate’s Ability to Energize Base

By Perry Bacon Jr.

Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, September 14, 2008; Page A08


On Wednesday, thousands of people crowded into a Fairfax County park for Sen. John McCain‘s first rally in the Washington region with Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, whose appearance drew the same sort of media attention that she has enjoyed since joining the GOP ticket just more than two weeks ago.

The same day, Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. hosted a town hall meeting in New Hampshire with a crowd of more than 800. Biden hasn’t made much of a splash since joining the Democratic ticket, but on this day, he did. In response to a question, he voiced a view many Democrats now hold, that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) “might have been a better pick than me” to be Sen. Barack Obama‘s running mate.

When the senator from Illinois tapped Biden late last month, most Democrats were exuberant, thinking he would add badly needed experience and foreign policy credentials to the ticket, deliver attacks against McCain and bolster Obama’s support among voters who have been skeptical of his candidacy.

But the buzz around Palin has left Biden largely obscured and generating so little attention that some Democrats are questioning whether he was the right pick.

When asked about Biden’s impact, Democratic pollster Doug Schoen said: “What impact? The best thing you can say about Biden is he has no discernible impact. It’s like it’s two against one.”

Many Clinton supporters say Palin’s presence has only strengthened their argument that Obama should have chosen the senator from New York instead.


3 Responses

  1. He is under her heel!!

  2. It’s not likely but should “The Anointed One” dump biden and pick a woman, it would prove 2 important facts to those who aren’t sure about “The Anointed One”.

    They are right to be unsure. “The Anointed One” does not act out of what is right or wrong, but out of what “polls” tell him. He is irresponsible, incompetent and worthless. Second, such a move would doom his chances.

    He would have a problem getting a strong female VP candidate. He wouldn’t get hillary now, she should have more sense than to join a sure loser at this point. To be known as a 2nd choice and asked only because “The Anointed One” can’t win without her now would be an insult she wouldn’t tolerate. She’d let “The Anointed One’ fall on his face, let the dnc lie in its own bed and intend to take the dnc nomination in 2012.

    BUT, should this come about, she wouldn’t get the support essential to take the 2012 nomination if she balks at joining “The Anointed One” even knowing she’d go down in defeat.

  3. […] Originally Posted by Poster McCain-Palin Crowd-Size Estimates Not Backed by Officials Well, here is your man Biden knocking em dead. I love what the democratic pollster said when asked about the impact of Biden entering the race. "What impact." Gotta love it. Joe Biden unable to compete with Palin when it comes to crowds newsoftheday […]

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