Rich Galen

The point of all that is, Biden has been a creature of the U.S. Capitol for over 40 years as Senator and VP. He knows every cobweb in every hideaway office. Knows Senators and senior staff by their first names.

President Obama served in the U.S. Senate for less than four years and wasn't there much for the last two as he was busy campaigning for President. He wasn't a fan of the U.S. Senate or, by all accounts, for U.S. Senators while he was a member of that body; less so on both counts as President.

Who has zoomed in to smooth ruffled feathers on Capitol Hill when the President's disdain has wafted, like a dementor, up Pennsylvania Avenue? Joe Biden.

If this is to be a campaign about competence - Obama hasn't exhibited much - then a Vice Presidential pick that adds to that storyline would appear to be the appropriate one.

Maybe it's because I'm in Ohio as I type this, but Sen. Rob Portman would appear to fit that bill. Former Congressman, now Senator, OMB Director, and US Trade Representative.

With, according to the most recent Purple Strategies poll, Obama leading here by only three percentage points it might well be that sticking the popular Buckeye State Senator here for the final weekend and have him travel among the Three Cs: Cincinnati, Columbus, and Cleveland might just tip the balance of the state and the election in Romney's favor.

Ms. Brazile has her money on House Budget Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis). She may be right.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at