Joe Biden and the perils of the permanent campaign

America needs to focus on solving problems today rather than amusing ourselves with speculation of who might solve them tomorrow

Joe Biden
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On Monday, Washington's political class came together to mark Barack Obama's second and last inauguration. On Tuesday, things were relatively quiet on the political news front, probably because most of Washington's newsmakers (and the reporters who bring it to you) were busy sleeping off post-inauguration-night hangovers. By Wednesday, however, the press corps was back up and running and, with Obama sworn in, turned the nation's attention to immigration reform, the gun control debate, the crippling debt, the Benghazi hearings, the fact that Americans were just murdered in Algeria, bringing peace to the Middle East, reports that North Korea is going to conduct more nuclear tests, Iran, health care costs, the impotent economy, reducing unemployment the fact that our 70-year-old vice president may run for president… in 2016.

Of course, plenty of reporters covered Benghazi, gun control, and Washington's budget battles this week. But nothing seemed to get the pulse of Beltway insiders racing as much as a Politico report about Biden being "intoxicated" by a 2016 run, and spending much of inauguration weekend hanging out with politicos from Iowa and New Hampshire. Yes, it's true, Biden has been cozying up to a lot of people you've never heard of who are nonetheless important in Iowa and New Hampshire politics. This, of course, is no coincidence. Successfully running for president requires having lots of friends in those two early-voting states.

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Jeb Golinkin is an attorney from Houston, Texas. You can follow him on twitter @jgolinkin.