Matt Yglesias points out that Sen. Joe Biden, supposedly on Barack Obama's short list of possible running mates, would be a thrilling choice for rail fans:
A neglected aspect of the Biden record, however, is that his ascendancy would be excellent news for the SUPERTRAIN. Biden commutes back-and-forth from Delaware to Washington regularly on the Acela, so he appreciates what high-speed rail can do. ... Beyond that, Biden’s son sits on the Amtrak board and unlike some of Amtrak’s leadership (which besides Biden is heavily dominated by Republicans) is actually a forceful advocate for Amtrak and for improving rail.
Does that mean Michael Dukakis, the biggest rail champion in the Bay State, would be pleased by a vice-presidential nomination for Biden? Maybe not, given their clash in the 1988 presidential campaign.
Above: Opening credits from NBC's smash Supertrain, thanks to the Supertrain Web Site.