April 27, 2012

Is Biden the Most Powerful VP Ever?

Michael Hirsh, National Journal

Vice President Joe Biden.

Joe Biden was never much good when it came to running for the top job. In fact, he was a disaster. Back in 1988, Biden dropped out ignominiously amid allegations of plagiarism. In 2008, when he thought he'd be a real contender after spending 36 years in the Senate, Biden received a pathetic 1 percent of the Iowa caucus vote.

But in the No. 2 job over the past three years, Biden has excelled"”to the point where he now ranks as one of the most powerful and influential vice presidents in American history. Biden proved that again on Thursday when, in the fifth in a series of what the Obama campaign is describing as "framing speeches," Biden delivered a typically feisty address at New York...

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