|This is a BFD.|
...And it's Biden.
There have been a number of stories about president Obama wanting his successor to be his third term. He's not done and he doesn't believe Hillary is the person to continue his work. Biden makes more sense. Biden is a dupe, a clod, and he'd take advice from Obama. Perhaps even instruction. Elizabeth Warren probably would have been the perfect one to carry the torch in his eyes, but she's not going to run in 2016. Maybe down the road.
So why not have her as the vice-presidential nominee on the Biden ticket? Biden it seems, is already taking his marching orders from Obama on the notion:
Vice President Joe Biden left the seclusion of the Delaware home where he's been weighing a presidential run to meet Saturday with Elizabeth Warren — another influential Democrat who has faced calls to enter the 2016 race.The unusual weekend huddle with Warren, a Massachusetts senator, took place at the Naval Observatory, the vice president's official residence, said an individual familiar with the meeting. An Obama administration official said Biden had traveled at the last minute to Washington for a private meeting and planned to return to Delaware the same day...Biden's meeting with Warren was the latest sign that the vice president is seriously considering entering the race, and that he's increasingly discussing it with Democratic leaders outside of his small cadre of longtime advisers.Warren, a vocal advocate for economic fairness and Wall Street reform, has notably refrained from endorsing Hillary Rodham Clinton, Sen. Bernie Sanders or the other candidates. She retains the vocal support of many in the liberal wing of the Democratic Party, making her endorsement one of the most highly sought in the primary.
Except it's not an endorsement he's after. Perhaps as a step on the way to a running mate, but not as the goal itself. The Obama vision is likely Biden for two terms followed by Warren for two more, when Obama, having served an additional two terms vicariously through Biden, would either hand the torch to her, or continue to have her beholden to him and at a minimum seeking his ear on decisions. Hillary Clinton meanwhile, will be purged from the power structure.