Before winning election to the Senate three-and-a-half decades ago–Biden ranks fourth in seniority among Democrats, sixth overall; how’s that for a fresh face?–Biden practiced law for three years. That’s it. Three years of fresh-out-of-law school practice represents the sum and total of Biden’s profession experience before joining the Senate.
Obama-Biden? A candidate with an astonishingly thin professional background–Community organizer? Desultory lecturer in law school?–has just named as his running mate a man whose principal professional achievement is to have perfected his skills as a gasbag.