I have a telephone interview set up with Joe Biden when he is in Montana this weekend. Got any good questions?
I won't ask him this, but I did have a thought as I was finishing my Outpost delivery route Friday morning. Bill O'Reilly was saying that the presidential campaign had shifted entirely from issues to a race about personalities with three strong biographies playing a role: those of Obama, McCain and Palin. He said he wasn't sure about Biden's story.
For once, I don't think O'Reilly was being snarky. I think he actually had a momentary mind blip. But Biden's story struck me during the conventions as really the most compelling of the four. To lose a wife and child in a car accident is about as terrible an event as most of us can imagine. And to raise two small boys as a single dad is an enormous responsibility.
I mean to take nothing away from McCain when I say that if I were offered a choice between losing my family and spending 5 1/2 years as a prisoner of war, it would take me about two seconds to stick my hands out for the shackles and say, "Let the coercive interrogation begin."