by John Nichols
It was Biden who suggested in an August, 2007, debate that, “I think (Obama) can be ready, but right now I don’t believe he is. The presidency is not something that lends itself to on-the-job training.”
Democrats, and ultimately Americans, should be able to reconcile themselves to the fact of a No. 2 who suggested Obama was not ready to be No. 1.
For all the silly talk about vice-presidential nominees being irrelevant, the truth is that they have always mattered — either to party unity or to the broader electorate.
Presidential and vice presidential candidates run as a team, complementing one another and guarding against the vulnerabilities of their running mates.
But when Joe Biden takes Barack Obama’s side, the scale may well tip back in a Democratic direction.