As party loyalists gather in Denver, tonight should have been a night of unmitigated delight for us as we revel in a once in a generation opportunity for dramatic gains both Congressionally and Presidentially thanks to a ticket that inspires enthusiasm in our supporters and fear in our enemies.
Alas instead we are bedward bound with talk of Biden.
As one clued-in DNC-er put it: "this is a clear declaration to the electorate that Barack is under foriegn-policy adult supervision." And that's only the start of the backlash against the senior senator from Delaware. Complaints continue citing: his failure to help the ticket electorally (Biden will not flip a single EV); his emphasis on foreign policy for an economy-oriented electorate; his predilection for personal grandstanding.
This is the first major decision of Barack Obama, Nominee and there is a real fear amongst Democrats that he has screwed up picking a media-friendly Veep who supposedly helps him with the next 70 days but helps little with the 8 years thereafter.
There's still time for us all to be surprised with a last-minute 'fooled-ya!' from Team Obama but the odds are looking bleak this evening. I head to bed lighting a candle for Kathy. And for change I can believe in.
On a happier note I can heartily recommend Vesta Dipping Grill in downtown Denver. Their venison is particularly exquisite and their Zinfandels are excellent for washing away the taste of Iraq-war authorising Washingtonians.