Biden To Take Vice Presidency Back To Its Irrelevant Roots

John Adams, the first Vice President in the history of the United States said of this particular office:

"My country has in its wisdom contrived for me the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived or his imagination conceived; and as I can do neither good nor evil, I must be borne away by others and meet the common fate."

And so it went for some 200 years until a man named Dick Cheney changed all that by taking an active role in the presidency of George W. Bush. Some called him the real president thinking that Bush wasn't smart enough for the job, while others went so far as to call him a blood-thirsty, power-mad criminal. But despite the fears of the extra-chromosome crowd, Cheney will be leaving office come January 20th. On that day, Joe Biden intends to return the office to the status that the Founding Fathers intended:

Joe Biden is laying plans to significantly shrink the role of the vice presidency in Barack Obama's White House, according to an official familiar with his thinking.

It's not just that Biden won sit in on Senate Democrats' weekly caucus meetings - a privilege Republicans afforded outgoing Vice President Dick Cheney. He won't have an office outside the House floor, as House Speaker Dennis Hastert gave Cheney early on.

Biden will not begin every day with his own intelligence briefing before sitting in on the president's. He will not always be the last person Obama speaks to before making a decision.

He also will not, as a transition official calls it, operate a "shadow government" within an Obama administration.
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As part of that understanding, Biden is unlikely to have a specific docket of issues.

Jennifer Rubin's take is classic. (Hat tip: Ed Driscoll)