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With his inside-the-Beltway media friends singing his praises as a “heavyweight” pick for VP, you might guess that Joe Biden has a fantastic track-record as a vote-getting machine.

Once the fairy dust settles, it will become clear to Democrats that Obama could not have made a worse choice.

Let’s start with the plagiarism problem. It won’t go away no matter how hard Howard Fineman and other liberal reporters try to minimize it. Cheating says something about a candidate’s character — and Biden has a long, nefarious track record as someone who is willing to steal ideas and words, to exaggerate and lie about his background to get ahead. Expect the McCain team to hit hard on this one. People don’t like cheaters.

Second problem: Biden is on record as saying that Obama is not ready to be president! He didn’t suggest this, he came flat out and said it. “Obama is not qualified to be president.” So Obama picked him because. . . . More poor judgment from BO.

Third problem: Biden is Kerry lite. Biden has spent decades in the Senate and has accomplished nothing except to get old and become a senior “force” within the senate itself. Like John Kerry, over the years he has developed a senator’s sense of entitlement. He is lazy and self-indulgent. The reason he is so outspoken is that he feels invulnerable. It’s an affliction suffered by many long-serving senators. Assuming they have a lifetime appointment, they feel they can say whatever is on their little minds without consequence. And they do — sometimes with fatal consequences.

Fourth problem: Biden is a strategic nightmare for Obama. The “president of change” has selected the ultimate insider as his VP? Leading up to this announcement it was become clear even to the most dedicated Obama supporter than their man was drifting away from his core values (as nebulous as they were). Now he picks someone who says the Great One is not ready for the White House, someone who is more about the “politics of the past” than Obama’s favorite ex-foe, Hillary Clinton. What is Obama thinking? This is now a great opportunity for McCain to show voters who is the real president of change. And he can thank Obama for giving him this opening. . . .

Fifth problem: Biden is an uninspiring, uninspired candidate. In the New Hampshire primary, he got a pathetic 638 votes. Obama, Clinton, Edwards, Richardson, even Dennis the Menace did better than Biden. No one want to see this guy, listen to him, vote for him.

Biden is day-old newspaper delivered late, day after day after day. Put it in the cat box. Wrap your fish with it. But no way are you going to read it or vote for it! I promise that after three weeks on the campaign trail, Americans will be zapping Biden whenever he appears on their TV screens. . .and that means fewer adoring eyes for Obama.

Nice work, Barack.