For the Obama campaign today, Dick Cheney is the gift that keeps on giving. Hours after the vice president announced that he was endorsing the McCain-Palin ticket, the Illinois Democrat offered a tongue-in-cheek congratulations to his opponent.
"[H]e really earned it," said Obama, "That endorsement didn't come easy. Senator McCain had to vote 90 percent of the time with George Bush and Dick Cheney to get it."
Now Joe Biden is picking up where Obama left off. In remarks prepared for an appearance tonight in Bowling Green, Ohio, the vice presidential candidate takes a swing at, what really is, low-hanging fruit.
"If you ever had any doubt that John McCain would continue George Bush's policies -- you can put those to rest. Just today, Vice President Cheney came out and endorsed John McCain. Do we need any more proof? I'm not surprised. Dick Cheney has been wrong on everything else the last eight years. He's on a roll."
The McCain camp - which, one would think, had advanced word of the endorsement - is nevertheless doing its best to try and distance itself from the toxic figure. Tucker Bounds, a spokesman for the Senator, actually made the argument that it was Obama, both in genetics and politics, who actually stood closer to the vice president.
"Barack Obama and Dick Cheney aren't just cousins, they've shared support for the Bush energy policy and the out-of-control spending that John McCain has fought to oppose," he said.