From Business Week:
Obama Gets His Attack Dog
It can’t be easy hitting the Democratic convention podium after the pair of Clintons and the attendant drama over whether they would, or wouldn’t, be effusive enough in their backing for Barack Obama. No one worried about that when Joe Biden’s turn came to speak. Instead, the drama surrounding the new vice presidential nominee’s speech centered on a simpler question: just how aggressively would he go on the attack against McCain?
Biden clearly signalled where he was headed from the start. Paying the ritual tribute to his Mom that accompanies all such speeches, he added a combative touch to the usual expressions of love and thanks. He told a story of how she taught him that failure in life is inevitable, but giving up is unforgivable. “When I got knocked down by guys bigger than me, she sent me back out and demanded that I bloody their nose so I could walk down that street the next day.”
And with that, the Senator from Delaware launched into a full-throated attack on rival John McCain and his record on the economy. And like the Clintons before him, he emphasized the effort to link McCain with the current administration’s record. “John thinks that during the Bush years ‘We’ve made great progress economically,’” said Biden, showing much of the anger and passion that Obama has lacked. “I think it’s been abysmal.”
After a quick tour of the economy, he then went after the Republican nominee on foreign policy.
“I’ve been on the ground in Georgia, Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan, and I can tell you in no uncertain terms: this Administration’s policy has been an abysmal failure. American cannot afford four more years of this,” Biden said.
Get out the Kleenex. The nose bloodying has begun.
Kleenex? Oh, dammit! We have to wrestle this guy again for them?
More words of wisdom from Biden’s speech:
These times require more than a good soldier — they require a wise leader.
As we gather here tonight, our country is less secure and more isolated than at any time in recent history. The Bush-McCain foreign policy has dug us into a very deep hole, with very few friends to help us climb out.
My favorite is the jab at Deadeye Dick, when Biden explains how things will be different when he is Vice President:
No longer will the eight most dreaded words in the English language be, “The vice president’s office is on the phone.”
Tip of the hat to the lovely and talented NonnyO, who has great taste in names but who is not so great in spelling them!