Teasing Joe Biden for State Department  photo by Clinton campaign (public domain)

Teasing Joe Biden for State Department
photo by Clinton campaign (public domain)

“He’d be great, and they are spending a lot of time figuring out the best way to try to persuade him to do it if she wins,” said the source familiar with the transition planning. [Politico]

BACK IN 2007, presidential candidate Joe Biden shared a post with this site about Pakistan titled, “A New Approach to Pakistan, which was cross-posted on HuffPost.

It came about because I met then-Senator Biden in Carson City, Nevada during the first debate and we had a brief chat. I was introduced to his sister and the rest flowed from this moment.

The players include Musharraf and Ahmadinejad, now long gone, but Biden’s 2007 Pakistan post is very interesting to read today.

I’ve been talking about a potential Biden State appointment for a while. He’s someone I’ve followed for a very long time on foreign affairs.

It’s also the best distraction at this point because now it’s just waiting.

There are very few people who would be better suited for Clinton to have as secretary of state because Vice President Biden thinks very differently that she does on foreign policy. He’s far less likely to engage in military adventurism, for lack of a better way to describe the debacle in Iraq, as well as Libya. His knowledge of the military is unrivaled and many revere him. They have a deep mutual respect and Clinton has to appreciate Biden’s reputation around the world.

The flaw in this idea, as I ruminate on the possibilities, revolves around President Bill Clinton, especially on the Middle East, particularly Israel and the potential rivalry if WJC’s portfolio included venturing into peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians once again.

Would Vice President Biden consider secretary of state?

No telling, but he sure as hell doesn’t look like a man who’s ready to retire to me.


UPDATE 10.28: The Vice President responds

“I’ll do anything I can if Hillary’s elected to help her, but I don’t want to remain in the administration,” Biden told Minnesota television station KBJR on Friday. “I have no intention of staying involved.” [The Hill]