TYPICALLY AT this point on the political calendar, a sitting vice president scrupulously downplays his interest in ascending to the top job. The thought of course consumes him, but actually discussing it strikes him as breathtakingly gauche. Vice presidents as varied as Walter Mondale, George H.W. Bush, and Al Gore all gamely hewed to this script.
And then there is Joe Biden.
…Yes. Yes, there is.
PS: Remember: Barack Obama picked this man. Which tells you everything that you need to know about Barack Obama’s ability to think things through.
*I refuse to call it ‘Joementum.’ The Democrats should have nominated Lieberman in 2004. He might have won.
[UPDATE]: Oh, dear. “I wouldn’t have run for president in the first place—and I don’t think the president would have picked me—unless he thought I’d be good at the job.”