Clinton, set to testify before Congress today about the Benghazi attack, appears undamaged by the security failure that led to the death of the U.S. ambassador to Libya: Sixty-seven percent of Americans see her favorably overall, numerically a new high in her long career in the public spotlight, and essentially unchanged in recent months. – Clinton More Popular than Biden; Let the 2016 Handicapping Begin [ABC News]

YOU CAN bet that Fox News Channel will be on Secretary Clinton’s testimony, with all the usual suspects making every effort to cement the Benghazi terrorist attack in the minds of their viewers. Looking to 2016, there can be no Democratic candidate that FNC Republican boosters fear more than Clinton.

However, today the media is going hog wild over the prospect of Vice President Joe Biden up against Secretary Hillary Clinton, two friends vying for the top spot and the opportunity to continue what President Barack Obama has begun.

Politico has a dishy D.C. Beltway piece complete with Joe Biden’s alleged “intoxication” over the prospect of running and winning the presidency. It has all the juicy stuff you’d expect from insiders talking to other insiders about what the elite party poobahs are thinking and experiencing, as the planning and plotting begins.

Or not.

Biden is quoted by the AP, as well as in an interview with CNN, as still having his eye on his number one job.

“There’s a whole lot of reasons why I wouldn’t run,” Biden, who will be nearly 74 on Election Day in 2016, told CNN before the inauguration. “I don’t have to make that decision for a while. In the meantime, there’s one thing I know I have to do, no matter what I do. I have to help this president move this country to the next stage.”

However, Chris Cilizza has proclaimed “Joe Biden is running.

Why shouldn’t Biden run? Today the Politico boys Mike Allen, Jim VandeHei and Jonathan Martin make a point of building Biden up, then knock him down by remind everyone how old he is. He’s 70 today, which definitely will be a consideration for he and his family once a decision has to be made.

Hovering over the entire Democratic presidential 2016 prospect is Hillary Rodham Clinton, not just for Biden but for anyone who wants to run. Many of the potential candidates, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo, could figure that even if she does jump in he’d benefit from a trial run.

When Clinton recently fainted and sustained a concussion, which revealed a blood clot, the speculation about her health and a 2016 run exploded. Former President Bill Clinton, as well as daughter Chelsea, both made very public statements about how healthy Hillary was, her husband emphasizing that she’d likely have other husbands after him and live to be in her 100s.

The Clinton family reaction to come to Hillary’s offense, may not reveal a definitive answer, but the reaction of Hillary’s husband after the blood clot incident was made public certainly revealed a nervousness to stop anything from derailing the possibility.

Couple health issues and a woman and you’ve got the potential for a very sexist argument, especially when you look at Bob Dole, John McCain, even the possibility of Joe Biden. Making sure Hillary being sidelined briefly doesn’t become a huge issue is as important as the truth about Benghazi and her role not being blown out of proportion.

It’s not like George W. Bush’s incompetence before being president hurt him at all. Or than Bill Clinton’s personal foibles weren’t forgiven so he could win the presidency.

The Clintons know that if Hillary Rodham Clinton wants the 2016 nomination, everyone but Democratic activists who don’t trust Clinton’s traditional Democratic Scoop Jackson hawkishness, will be on her side to make sure it manifests.

My stance has been clear for a very long time. A female president who is 100% for women’s freedoms, economic equality and supporting working women with children by encouraging business to be more family friendly, is the most important job of the American electorate. There is no one in this country more qualified or better prepared for the presidency than Hillary Rodham Clinton.

That is, except, perhaps, Vice President Joe Biden.