Jessica Mondillo’s Blog

Obama’s “Change” not Evident with Biden

29 August 2008

Although I do not support Barack Obama, I do know a bit about his platform.  I have heard lots of claims about Obama but the more I learn about him the more false the claims seem to be.

Barack Obama promised change.  Although it is unclear what change he is trying to accomplish, I do not believe he really stands for that.  He may stand for change of racial standards, but not of the political system. 

First of all he is a product of the corrupt US political system, just like Clinton, McCain, Romney, and just about every other politician to ever exist.  Granted he has not been in office long and therefore there may be hope that he could be different.  But then he picked Biden as his adviser and right hand man. 

Biden, has spent longer in the US Senate than even McCain.  Biden has been a US Senator for 35 years, while McCain has been for only 22 years.  Considering Obama attacks McCain for his long standing political background and claims that it will not create change, it seems hypocritcal to pick a man who has been in the US Senate even longer than McCain has.

I have heard speculation that Obama chose Biden because Biden has more experience and has a stronger foreign policy background.  This would lead to the idea that this experience is suppose to help build on the weak points that people criticize about Obama.

My question is, if you are looking for change away from modern corrupted politics, wouldn’t more experience in the United States Senate be a drawback not helpful?  To me Obama has contradicted himself.  It makes me feel as if Obama is just saying what the people want to hear and people pleasing to get into office, regardless of if what he will really do.


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  1. * Andrew says:

    You say that “Obama may stand for change in racial standards, but not of the political system.” I find this interesting since one of the main criticisms leveled against Obama is that he is an African-American, but he HASN’T been known for pushing for racial issues. Many have said that this is because he is first real candidate who has risen beyond race as an issue. That being said, I agree that there does seem to a certain irony about him running on a platform of change since, what ever qualities he may have, he really doesn’t have a record of being an agent of change.

    That brings me to your comments about Biden. You say that Obama wouldn’t have chosen Biden if he were really dedicated to change, because Biden is a long-serving Senator. Although this sounds good, it’s really not true. Are you saying that there are no senators that have been fighting for change from within the senate for years? Would you say, for example, that Dennis Kucinich is just like any other DC politician, simply because he’s been in the Congress for 12 years? I would hope not. Focusing on HOW LONG Biden’s been in the Senate is a very shallow way to judge his record on change. What you should do is look at WHAT HE’S DONE with his time in the Senate. A new-comer to DC wouldn’t necessarily represent change, they would merely represent the unknown. Biden actually has a long record that we can judge him by. The fact is, Biden has been at the forefront of efforts to end the business-as-usual, quid pro quo in DC. He has been fighting for lobby and tax reform, eliminating soft money, repealing unnecessary corporate subsidies, reforming bankruptcy laws. He is known throughout DC for not being caught up in the beltway mentality. (All the DC insiders joke about the fact that Biden has never even gotten a house or apartment in the beltway but instead returns home every night to Wilmington.)

    Finally, when we talk about change, I realize that you are a conservative and I don’t know what your feelings are about the current administration, but polls show that many people are dissatisfied with it. Whether you would like the direction of the change or not, wouldn’t you agree that Obama would be a big change from the current administration? I think that his record in the Senate would suggest that he would be.

    | Reply Posted 9 years, 9 months ago
  2. * Andrew says:

    BTW – In the interest of fairness I should point out that I agree that this should not be a double standard; McCain should be judged by his record, not by a sound bite saying that he’s a long-time Senator so, therefore, must be representative of the problems in DC. Whether or not I think he’s the better candidate, he has certainly not shown himself to be a “business-as-usual” Republican, and he’s earned a certain degree of respect for that. Beyond that, I’ll leave it to his supporters to enumerate his virtues:-)

    | Reply Posted 9 years, 9 months ago

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