Officially, Biden says that he is waiting until the end of the summer to make a formal decision.

Could Vice President Joe Biden become the Democrats’ nominee for president in 2016? Much of the mainstream media is not sure whether to take this idea seriously. A front-page article in the Washington Times this week never even mentioned Biden in its detailed review of Democratic options in the event that Hillary Clinton’s campaign continues to stumble – a prospect that seems increasingly likely as damaging new details about her “pay-to-play” shenanigans while serving as U.S. Secretary of State emerge.

It’s hard to disguise the deep slide in Clinton’s favorability ratings. Currently, she’s at 46 percent, a 14-year low, according to a recent poll. And perhaps even more striking, three GOP candidates for president – Scott Walker, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul – are now in a statistical dead heat with Clinton, who once enjoyed a strong double-digit lead over the entire Republican field. That Biden would be overlooked as a possible contender in 2016 seems odd on its face. VPs of two-term presidents are typically frontrunners for their party’s nomination, even if, as history has shown, they rarely succeed.

There are obvious concerns about Biden’s age (at 73, he’d be the oldest president ever, if elected), his overly friendly “groping” of women during photo ops, and his penchant for outrageous verbal gaffes. But until now, his defenders, including the president, have managed to pass these “quirks” off as “Joe being Joe,” without substantial fallout. Ultimately, it’s on matters of substance that Biden’s prospects are best measured – and here the long-time Delaware Democrat might well prove formidable – especially when compared to Clinton. Biden is one of the nation’s leading experts on foreign and defense policy.

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