Vice President Joe Biden says he can die happy if he never becomes president, but that might not stop him from trying.
“The judgment I’ll make is, first of all, am I still as full of as much energy as I have now—do I feel this?” he says in a GQ profile. “Number two, do I think I’m the best person in the position to move the ball? And, you know, we’ll see where the hell I am.”
And that means the American electorate have to put up with at least a few months of grimacing, grinning, gregarious Joe during the 2016 primary season, at least until the guys with the butterfly nets come and take him back to the rest home.
Because, unfortunately, Biden still thinks he’s presidential material – at least as much as Hillary Clinton is. That’s the main message out of a long, long, long piece on him in GQ. (Click here if you have a lot of time on your hands and really care all that much about Joe Biden.)
You’ve heard it all before, or most of it anyway: the childhood, the first campaign, the getting-widowed as a young man, how he gets along with his boss. And it’s all pretty well written.
Fortunately, you don’t have to read all of it to get the gist, which boils down to, Biden is tough (he had to be as a childhood stutterer); he’s “ideologically simpatico,” with President Obama (“Not like Bush-Cheney,” Biden says, “where Bush is sort of a blank slate and Cheney was his imprint”); and he’s not nearly as big a buffoon as you probably think he is. (He does not, for instance, wear funny hats.)
He can’t be. He’s got an eye on history.
“And by the way, if you come in the office, I have two portraits hanging— one of Jefferson, one of Adams. Both vice presidents who became presidents,” Biden says in the article. “I joke to myself, I wonder what their portraits looked like when they were vice presidents.”
If they can do it, Biden must be think to himself, why can’t he?
Well, three reasons, actually.
First, he’s not Thomas Jefferson; second, he’s not John Adams; and third, he is, in fact, Joe Biden – and a country that by then will have already treated itself to eight years of Barack Obama isn’t going to plunge into another four with Joe Biden, God willing.
Not even Democrats would do that.
Plus, he can die happy.