This is a serious question: With the exception, presumably, of the candidate himself, does anyone anywhere actually believe Joe Biden has even a remote chance of winning the nomination? Someone should really do a PhD dissertation on this. It’s the perfect example of just how self-consumed the inside the beltway crowd can become — of how oblivious they often are to the realities beyond.
Biden was first elected to the Senate at age 29 (he turned 30 — the minimum constitutional age — a couple of weeks later in time to take office). This is a man, therefore, who has spent virtually his entire adult life serving in the Senate — helping to decide issues of great importance, being driven around in limos and being called Senator.
As an opponent of term limits, I normally don’t feel this way, but I do sort of wonder whether Joe (who has generally been a good senator) would have been better served in the long run if, before becoming a senatorial fixture, he’d spent a little more time practicing law, selling life insurance or even bumming around Europe. Maybe that would have given him the powers of introspection necessary to look into the mirror and say with disappointment, “No, that’s never going to be the face of a president.”