Obama backer takes musical aim at Palin as VP pick
ROANOKE, Va. – Warming up a crowd for Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama in the Blue Ridge mountain region of Virginia, Sen. Jim Webb on Friday took aim at Republican vice presidential pick Sarah Palin’s qualifications.
Webb, who has deep roots in the Appalachian region, invoked a popular country music song about a romantic encounter gone bad to suggest that John McCain may regret his selection of the Alaska governor as his running mate.
Then he asked rhetorically, “What is the one decision that a candidate makes before he or she is elected that clearly indicates what their judgment is?”
Webb responded that it was the pick of a running mate and went on to laud Obama’s choice of Delaware Sen. Joe Biden as his No. 2.
He cited Biden’s role as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and his past role as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee to argue that he was fully ready to serve as president should the need arise.
“John McCain chose Sarah Palin,” Webb said to loud boos. “Do you really think that Sarah Palin is the most qualified person in the Republican party?”
Webb made a reference to the lyrics of a country music song by Dierks Bentley that includes the refrain, “I know what I was feeling but what was I thinking?”
But the Virginia senator’s quotation of the lyrics was slightly off. “I know what I was doing, but what was I thinking?” he said.
Webb said that “John McCain is probably singing that song right now.”
- Photo credit: Reuters/Jim Young (Obama supporters at a Virginia rally)