John McCain is right on this one: Pres. Obama is nuts if he doesn’t bounce Joe Biden off the ticket. It’s so obvious I can’t imagine what is keeping Obama from pulling the trigger. Biden is famous for his negatives. He’s a mean spirited gaffe machine who comes up with things like “they’re going to put y’all back in chains” and “with you, we’re going to win North Carolina” when he isn’t in North Carolina, pretty much anytime he’s allowed out in public. Obama’s PR machine must get tired of trying to figure out what to do about him. But what are his good points that make him worth tolerating? His ballyhooed expertise in foreign-policy evaporated when it became clear he was wrong nearly all the time. He doesn’t bring along a big state (Delaware?) or any particular Democratic constituency unless the empty suits rally behind one of their own. His full throated defense of Democrat interest groups is no big deal. Any veep candidate would do just as good a job of carrying the water for the unions and takers in general. Not only that, you know the media would fully back Obama if he wanted to get rid of Biden. In fact it would be proof of his decisiveness, it would show us how cool he is in a crisis and all the usual blah, blah, blah. So why doesn’t he do it? I think there are two possibilities. One is that there is something about Hillary or their relationship that we just don’t know. It’s possible Obama just can’t stand the thought of Bubba back on the stage sucking the oxygen out of the room or it may be that Hillary truly would not take the job. She might not want to have to defend Obama in four years when she runs for president. The other possibility is that he’s timing it for maximum impact at the last minute. That’s my guess but my track record of figuring out Dems isn’t that great.
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Bio: Patterson is the volunteer chairman of the Goldwater Institute and past chairman of the Arizona Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights.
He has served on several community boards, including Goodwill of Central Arizona, Diamondbacks Foundation and Hospice of the Valley.
He is the state chairman for Americans for Tax Reform. Previously, he served as the President of the Arizona Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians and ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council (public sector chair). He was the minority leader (91-92) and majority leader (93-96) of the Arizona Senate.
He is a registered Republican but not politically active. In addition, he was the organizer and lead tenor of the original Arizona Singing Senators.