Things didn't work out that way. By the time the charge died I still had some usable twilight available to me, and the sound of a neighbor firing up his lawnmower shamed me into bringing out mine. (Granted, the whirrr-squeak-click-clack of a reel mower doesn't quite compare to the roar of an internal combustion engine, especially in the Friday twilight hours.) I mowed until I couldn't see what I was mowing anymore, put things away for the night, and sat down in a recliner to read a bit - and promptly found myself falling asleep.
So I spent the night there, for the first time in months. I woke up before Weekend Edition Saturday came on, so I lay awake until I heard classical music give way to the local announcer giving the weather. Then Scott Simon came on and promptly announced Obama's choice: Senator Joseph Biden of Delaware.
I saw Biden speak, once, when he came back to his hometown of Scranton to speak at the University twenty years or so ago. I wonder how much Biden's Scranton roots had to do with his selection? He appeals to many of the same demographic groups as Hillary Clinton, though certainly not all of them. Will his choice help to ensure that Obama will carry Pennsylvania?
He's a good choice as Vice President. It certainly puts to rest the speculation that Obama would take steps to appeal to religious extremists and the anti-Choice groups. Obama could certainly have made more daring choices, but he could also have made much worse ones.
I still have my Hillary Clinton for President signs in my windows, and that's where they'll stay until after the official ceremony at the Democratic Convention. Then I'll mosey over to the local Obama headquarters and ask for some signs for my windows. I sure hope they don't