What isn't Joe Biden in charge of these days?
For someone who was brought on board the presidential train in 2008 to lend some experienced gravitas to the ex-state senator savior's ticket and add a humorous effing gaffe here and there, the vice president seems to be running most everything these days for this Democratic White House.
Everyone remembers Biden's crucial congressional role in smoothing the way for the vast stimulus spending bill two years ago because President What's-His-Name was busy finalizing his plans to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.
And then the Chicagoan, who spent $745 million of other people's money to become the nation's chief executive -- as in, Oval Office Obama -- assigned Biden the job of kicking off and monitoring and chatting up all those thousands of shovel-ready spending projects across the country that were sure to get the economy back on track after eight years of you-know-what from you-know-who.
Because of the vice president's long experience on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the........president asked Biden to take over monitoring the developing politics of that Iraq place. Here was the goal:
To impose his Delaware charm on those disputatious politicians to congeal into some semblance of coalition so American combat troops could move on to Obama's more important war in Afghanistan, where the president has ordered two of the kinds of troop surges that the Democrat so adamantly opposed when Republican George W. Bush did one.
And then Biden's press secretary, Jay Carney, who used to work for a news weekly, facilitated Newsweek's cover story on how his boss was becoming so influential behind the scenes in the so-called Obama administration on crucial issues like Afghan strategy. So Biden moved into that area, all the while smiling and telling Irish jokes. (Continues here)