The Media’s Side, and a Surplus of Senators
There’s something strikingly inappropriate about the Providence Journal’s top-of-the-front-page headline for this story:
Biden adds foreign policy expertise to Obama ticket
It’s arguably a factual statement, but it carries the strong subtext of: “Readers can stop worrying about those questions of Obama’s inexperience on such matters.”
Reading on, a separate area of concern arises (emphasis added):
Barack Obama introduced Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware on Saturday as “a leader ready to step in and be president,” and the newly named running mate quickly converted his debut on the Democratic ticket into a slashing attack on Republican John McCain.
The GOP presidential contender will have to “figure out which of the seven kitchen tables to sit at” when considering his own economic future, said Biden, jabbing at the man he nevertheless called his personal friend.
This presidential race is far too seeped in the collegiality of the U.S. Senate. Whatever the outcome, our nation seems likely not to receive the full benefit of a healthy contention and interpersonal friction that comes from the leaders of our governmental branches being of different worlds.