There is growing talk that Vice President Biden will be booted off the ticket by President Obama. But dumping Biden begs an urgent question: Where to dump him?
Just dropping him in Delaware to roost and reminisce is an indignity that would redound politically against the president, who would seem harsh and ungrateful.
So most people are suggesting installing Biden at Foggy Bottom. But the problem with making Joe the Secretary of State is that the job description says something about using “diplomacy,” which is not what Joe is good at.
But there’s always the Supreme Court. Biden, the former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, knows the law, can’t make any trouble there, and will be a reliable liberal vote.
Obama could try to convince one of the two septuagenarian liberals on the Court to remove themselves after the spring term ends next month. Or, he could assure Biden of an eventual appointment and announce that Biden will not run for reelection because Obama would have to appoint a vice president after Biden resigns to go on the Court, and vice presidents should be elected.
But garrulous, backslapping Joe would never take the offer, you say?
Well, I doubt Biden is happy being marooned in the vice presidency. And if he maintains any of his ability to reason – let’s assume for the sake of argument he does – he knows he will never win the presidency in 2016.
The Supreme Court may not satisfy Biden’s thirst for the microphone. But the microphone is a tool that is increasingly getting him in trouble anyway. And a Supreme Court nod would address something of perhaps even greater psychologically urgency: It would assuage the deep insecurity of the man.
Remember, this is a person who insisted when running for president in 1988 that his IQ was higher than that of someone he encountered on the campaign trail, that he had graduated in the top half of his class in law school, won the “international moot court competition,” was ”the outstanding student in the political science department” and ”graduated with three degrees” from college.
Here’s a trip down that little memory lane.
Actually, he was 76th in a class of 85, got one degree from college, and was unfortunately not ”the outstanding student in the political science department”
It’s the same guy whose head nearly popped off his neck last month as he fulminated incongruously about his mother and father believing he could grow up to be president, shrieking that they “dreamed as much as any rich guy dreamed.”
As a Supreme Court justice, Biden will get to walk around in a special robe. He will arguably be an historic figure, having served in the Senate, as vice president, and on the Supreme Court. And he will actually get to have an impact on the nation.
It’s a deal he just might take, and a role where he might thrive. I mean, apparently, he did win the moot court competition.