Joe Biden: No Mere Placeholder He
It was a year ago yesterday that Barack Obama picked a big senator from a little state to be his running mate. While I cheered the selection as a fellow Delawarean who had sort of grown up with Joe Biden and thought he'd be a great fit, how have things worked out?
Biden has not significantly curbed his proclivity for saying awkward things at inopportune times. Nobody really thought he would. But he hasn't inadvertently started any wars and has been a breath of fresh air after Darth Cheney.
In other words, he has restored a balance to the office that it has been easy to forget.
Biden has been loyal but not been afraid to tell Obama when he thinks he's wrong, has put his foreign policy chops to good use and has been a point man -- or trial-balloon floater, if you will -- on a number of issues.
A worthy start.