It's fun to think about a President Joe Biden, mostly because the guy is lovable. In the relatively low-risk job of vice president, he's a natural — he punches guys' arms and squeezes matronly women and high-fives little kids. Entertainment value aside, though, he will never, ever be president. Indeed, Joe Biden would be ill-advised to run.
A story in The New York Times today explores the emerging 2016 Democratic primary dynamic. It's unavoidable: The presidency is the most interesting aspect of American politics, and speculation about who will run and how they'll do and what it will mean is tough to resist. Put Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden in a room together? You got yet another story.
Mr. Biden faces a situation unique in the annals of modern American politics. He is the vice president, the highest-ranking member of his party interested in running for president, yet he is not the heir apparent. While every sitting vice president who sought it in the last half-century captured his party’s nomination, Mr. Biden would start as the underdog if he ran against Mrs. Clinton, the former secretary of state.
“It’s no secret that he’s thinking about this,” his son Beau, the attorney general of Delaware, said in an interview. “I’m glad he’s thinking about this. But he hasn’t made up his mind.”
A little later, The Times's Peter Baker notes that "it is not clear that a presidential campaign makes sense for Mr. Biden," given how old he is. That may be the least of his problems.