It's like your parents told you they were going to give you a big surprise for your birthday, something you always wanted, and although you knew they couldn't have meant you were going to get the pony you always dreamed of you hoped that meant they weren't going to give you something boring like a new winter coat, maybe a new bike, at least, but as you counted down the days to your birthday they kept hinting and hinting that it really might be the pony and you couldn't help it, you began to think it would be the pony, then the morning of your birthday comes, and your mother wakes you up early to give you your present, she even tells you it's out in the backyard, and you jump out of bed and rush downstairs, telling yourself it's the bike not the pony, it's the bike not the pony, and you fly out the back door and find your dad...holding up the new winter coat.
Biden's not a bad choice for a Vice-President, or wouldn't be if Obama could have waited until after he was elected and picked his VP the same way and with the same sort of considerations in mind as he'll pick his Secretaries of State and Defense and Attorney General. Biden is a winter coat, a warm one, one that will last, and you need a good winter coat. As a running mate he'll probably be ok, although he and Obama together won't make the prettiest of pictures.
But as a generator of positive and excited news coverage?
I'm sure it's already the narrative among the Village Insiders that by choosing Biden Obama is showing that even he's not sure he's ready to lead.
(Updated late Saturday afternoon: I was right.)
Of course when Dick Cheney appointed himself Grand Vizier that showed that George Bush was a smart guy who knew his own limitations and was modest enough to face up to them and choose a strong Vice-President who could give him the benefit of all his experience.
Dick Cheney was a statesman, remember?
As for that winter coat...well, it turns out your dad picked it out himself and he's all excited about it because he was so sure it was one you had your eye on and would love so now you have to pretend you weren't hoping for the pony or even a new bike and the winter coat's just exactly what you wanted all along.
Thanks, dad. It's great. Really.