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Is Biden the Most Powerful VP Ever?

Michael Hirsh, National Journal
Vice President Joe Biden.By Michael HirshJoe Biden was never much good when it came to running for the top job. In fact, he was a disaster. Back in 1988, Biden dropped out ignominiously amid allegations of plagiarism. In 2008, when he thought he'd be a real contender after spending 36 years in the Senate, Biden received a pathetic 1 percent of the Iowa caucus vote.But in the No. 2 job over the past three years, Biden has excelled"”to the point where he now ranks as one of the most powerful and influential vice presidents in American history. Biden proved that again on...