Even though we're still two years away from the 2016 presidential election, Joe Biden's friends in the Senate — people he's known, worked with, campaigned for, and schmoozed with for years — already have a preferred Democratic candidate. It's not him.
As Politico noted Thursday, not one single Senate Democrat has publicly encouraged Biden to run for president. The next best thing would be to say nothing and not endorse anyone this early, but most Democrats have already backed Clinton. Although both served time in the Senate, Biden was a Delaware senator for over thirty years and Clinton was only New York senator for eight. But seniority doesn't always count for loyalty, as was demonstrated when Clinton lost the nomination to an even less senior senator, President Obama. But friendship is fickle and fleeting, or as Biden's friend Sen. Debbie Stabenow put it, “I think the vice president is terrific, but I think it’s Hillary’s time."
Even Sen. Tom Carper, also from Delaware, isn't quite ready for Biden. The closest he got was telling Politico, “I have supported everything he’s run for since I was a Delawarean, and I got there in 1973. And I am not going to speculate on what he’s going to do," and “I look forward to being part of any conversation that comes around."