Are you ready for … Biden 2016?
posted at 2:20 pm on March 22, 2012 by Ed Morrissey
Yes, I know I’ve already done one palate-cleanser for today, but why not two lightweight posts? And hey, at least according to Politico, the idea of Joe Biden running for President in 2016 is, to quote their headline, “not so crazy.” That makes it only slightly less serious than a second term for Barack Obama while unemployment stays above 8% and the estimations for economic growth this year hover around 2.2%:
For the past couple of years, Vice President Joe Biden has quietly assembled an A-team of advisers who would, without doubt, be considered the nucleus of a presidential campaign — if only he wouldn’t be 73 in 2016.
Biden’s age would snuff the last embers of a presidential ambition that led him to a pair of crushing defeats in 1988 and 2008, or so many in Barack Obama’s camp thought when they first tapped him. But the old fire crackles yet. And Biden, spurred in part by those rumors about being replaced on the ticket by Hillary Clinton (who turns 69 in ’16), is campaigning with a young man’s tenacity in 2012 — with an eye toward keeping all of his options open.
Biden has gone on a recent staffing spree — culminating with the hire of Clinton-era operative Steve Ricchetti — that has many Democrats, and even some on Obama’s own team, wondering if the preternaturally spry and congenitally upbeat vice president just might confound conventional wisdom.
Heck, that makes my job easier. We’ve just passed the three-year anniversary for Obamateurisms; I might need a separate blog for Bidenisms if he ends up with the top job. Job security! Obama has already told us he just does what Biden tells him to do anyway. We thought that was a joke, but …
Besides, who else would be around to teach us military history? Consult with wealthy donors on how well they know the middle class? Give us updates from his travels in “Road Island“? And that’s just what we’ve seen in the last month.
Biden has as much shot at winning a Democratic Party nomination in 2016 as Ron Paul does this year in the GOP. It’s nice of Politico to take him a little seriously in this article, but they’re probably the only ones who do.