What must Vice President Biden be thinking? The fur is flying between the Obama and Clinton camps. Her book tour was a bust. She is getting awful press even from friendly media outlets. He’s staying silent, which, for now, amounts to being on message. He hasn’t crossed the president — at least since he nudged him out of his comfort zone on gay marriage. So in the dog days of summer Biden must be wondering. . . .


Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Washington, Aug. 4. (Susan Walsh/Associated Press)

Mrs. Biden didn’t raise any fool, no siree. Joe the gaffe machine. Joe the fool. Yeah, right, pal. Who mowed down that nice kid Paul Ryan in the vice presidential debate? Joe. Who sticks by the president and the base  — God love ‘em — as the Middle East is going to hell in a hand basket? Joe. Make jokes, go ahead. But Hillary had a book tour from hell and that’s, well, a big deal. Don’t think they’ve forgotten me in the heartland. Who pushed the president out there on gay marriage? Joe. Who shoveled the racial nonsense in the campaign? Joe. You think Joe’s too old to run? Nonsense. Hillary is the one looking long in the tooth. Me? I’ll bide my time. Maybe I’ll have a chat with my pals in the House and Senate, you know do some favors for them in midterms — Joe is still popular, you know. The poor saps are going down, but people remember who was there when times were hard. Maybe I could give a rip-roaring speech to the NAACP or Human Rights Campaign. Remind them they never got the transformation the president kept promising. An “articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy” the president is, but he doesn’t know how to make a decision, even if his life depends on it. (Joe can make a budget deal faster than the president can order lunch.) Joe knows how to work the Republicans, make deals. C’mon. Hillary doesn’t want to reinvent America. She wants to reinvent Hillary. Joe is Joe. No reinvention needed. You see what you get.  Biden-Warren 2016 — Elizabeth said no go on the presidency, but did she say anything about VP? No! Joe and Liz. The real liberals you can count on. . . .

It’s not as wacky as it once sounded is it? Imagine if Obama gets fed up with the Hillary-Bill show again. In a single press conference or just one interview on The View he can give the nod to Biden. Obama’s not moving the country, but the Democratic base still hangs on his every word. If he wants Joe Biden because Biden is the loyalist to protect his legacy, such as he thinks it is, would they balk? Throw in the liberal operators and consultants who cringe at Clinton’s missteps, Big Labor and gays grateful to Biden for getting the president off the dime, and you have a real base of support for the VP. Is it likely? No. Is it more likely than it was a few months ago? You bet.

Jennifer Rubin writes the Right Turn blog for The Post, offering reported opinion from a conservative perspective.