The ritual of selecting a vice-presidential candidate is part of the fun of an American presidential election. Now that Barack Obama has chosen Joe Biden, we all have a new character and life story to pick over – and a new tactical gambit to analyse.
There will be huge amounts written about the difference that the vice-presidential choices might make to the dynamics of the race. But – without wishing to spoil the fun – it seems to me that history suggests that the choice of vice-presidential candidate makes almost no difference to the outcome of the presidential election. Read more