Vice President Biden, normally one of the most combative defenders of the White House, has run for cover as the scandals plaguing his boss have proliferated and gained momentum.
Whether it’s been gun control, immigration, the stimulus, or taking the hatchet to Mitt Romney, Biden has never hesitated to slash and burn anything in President Obama’s path. But the most prominent utterance out of Biden in the past few weeks has come in the form of a letter to a seven year old applauding the idea of chocolate bullets.
The scandals threaten to permanently tar an administration whose record he will have to tout should he run for president in 2016. Biden may be reasoning that the best he can do for Joe Biden is stay as far away from the scandal beat as possible.
What’s more, while Biden ducks and covers, there’s nowhere for his top potential 2016 rival, Hillary Clinton, to run.
She is at the very center of the Benghazi matter, and her name is in the headlines at least as much today as it ever was when she was Secretary of State. As a political matter, the more bad news for Hillary – and the more Biden is absent from the news about things like Benghazi – the better for Biden 2016.
Ironically, Biden has touted himself as the man who is constantly by Obama’s side, the last one in the room to be consulted before the president makes a decision.
Except on Benghazi.
Biden did mention Benghazi at least once in recent weeks. Perhaps it was no political accident. He appeared on May 3 at a memorial for the victims with Clinton’s successor, Secretary of State John Kerry.