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Jonathan Bernstein

Joe Biden Is Out, But Not Down

The vice president's legacy will be his record of service. His thwarted presidential ambitions won't matter.
A lot left to do.

A lot left to do.

Photographer: Win McNamee/Getty Images

The Joe Biden perpetual trial balloon, more than six years in the making, finally popped today.

The is-he-in-or-is-he-out guessing game was starting to hurt the vice president's reputation, instead of enhancing his status within the party as the obvious choice if something happened to Hillary Clinton.