Many Democrats, including Joe Biden himself, are second-guessing Barack Obama's selection of Biden, but I have to wonder how many are having even greater misgivings about Obama leading the ticket.
How quickly the political landscape can change. The dynamics of this presidential campaign have turned faster than a Jack Bauer torture target. But those praying that Palinmania is as ill-conceived and fleeting as Obamamessiahmania will be sorely disappointed. Building one's house on the rock of Sarah Palin is quite different from erecting it on the shifting sands of Barack Obama.
As the Democratic primary season was winding down, discerning Democrats began to have serious buyer's remorse about Obama, as shown by Hillary Clinton's dominance in the late primary contests.
But Democrats faced a titanic dilemma because cashiering Obama might have salvaged this election but caused a permanent exodus of black voters from the party.
These unpleasant realities, I believe, forced Democrats into denial about Obama. They might have had rumblings of awareness that he wasn't the demigod they'd assumed but clung to the illusion that he was at least partially a post-partisan paladin who could rise above the mundane milieu where mere mortals meander.
But even they had to recognize that Obama is the least experienced candidate for president in recent memory. Earlier in the campaign, that truth temporarily was overshadowed by the dizzying euphoria sweeping America about Obama because of his good looks, his scripted eloquence and charisma, his apparently cheerful and magnanimous demeanor, and his promise to deliver change and a new kind of unifying politics.
As the campaign unfolded, Obama imploded in every one of those categories. Without a teleprompter, he was stripped of his eloquence, down to verbal nudity. Under fire, his cheerfulness turned to sniping nastiness. His platform of change was exposed as the same old extreme leftist policy prescription rejected by 60 percent of Americans, which is why he tried to hide it under cover of vagueness.
His commitment to unity was betrayed by close relationships with paragons of divisiveness, racism and anti-Americanism and his elitist denunciation of small-town Americans. His grandiose pledge to bring us all together was obliterated by his failure to unite even his own party and his eager participation in a very strident and contentious campaign. Far from rising above deficiencies in his resume, Obama is not cool under fire and has less, not more maturity than an average person with his level of experience.