Tuesday, August 19, 2008

TommyWonk On Biden

With Joe Biden on Barack Obama's short list, the world is looking for those with insights into our senior senator. The Guardian recently opened a new U.S. website, Comment is free. The Guardian's U.S. bureau tapped me for some comments on Joe Biden:
And for those who dismiss diplomacy as sissy stuff, Biden would be the embodiment of muscular diplomacy. Students of history may recall the way Lyndon Johnson ruled the Senate before becoming president, which came to be called the Johnson treatment. He would lean in on a colleague when making an argument, grasp him by the shoulder and get in his face. Few could withstand him in a one-on-one conversation when he subjected them to the full force of his personality and tower over them with his six foot, three inch frame.
I've seen the Biden treatment in action. When he is fully engaged with a subject, whether Nato or crime or his Iraq plan, he brings the full force of his personality and intellect to bear on his audience. Anyone who's been up close with him doesn't easily forget the experience. I can imagine the Biden treatment on the world stage. World leaders, most of whom already know him, would have a hard time dismissing his argument. The guy just doesn't let up.
If Biden is picked, I could end up a busy guy explaining to the world what Joe is like.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Luck at the convention and have fun. I'm excited to see that Bloggers are getting some credibility in the party...

7:58 PM, August 21, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, it looks like your are going to get your change. As the Delaware blog rep you'll be even more popular now. Perhaps it is my deep Delaware pride or the fact that I love a firey argument... but I am very appy this morning.

Have a blast mile high!

Obama/Biden '08!!!

5:00 AM, August 23, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interestingly I have erroneously written “change” rather than “chance”. As in, you’ll get your chance to describe Biden from the Delaware perspective in Denver. This is either because it is very early or I am very susceptible to the marketing onslaught. Apparently it is a word I can believe in. (I am also happy not appy – again I am working on little sleep. My apologies.)

5:22 AM, August 23, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From your mouth to God's ears. I'm appy too!

2:57 AM, August 26, 2008  

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