He seems tired. Perhaps it's all those years of wisdom, judgment, and political experience weighing him down.
[H]is statements represent the Democrats' strongest vow so far this year to investigate alleged misdeeds committed during the Bush years.
When asked during a campaign event in Deerfield Beach, Florida, whether he would "pursue the violations that have been made against our Constitution by the present administration", Biden answered in the affirmative.
"We will not be stopped from pursuing any criminal offence that's occurred," he continued, going on to praise congressional committees for the deliberate pace of their inquiries into alleged Bush administration misdeeds.
Members of Congress are "doing the right thing, they're not making false accusations about anything … they're collecting data, subpoenaing records, they're building a file", Biden said.
This news will no doubt please my co-blogger Ezra and a few others here, but I suspect that it's rather a big turn-off to most voters. I always thought that Democrats win elections by tacking left in the primary, then to the center in the general election. And I heard in law school, though I didn't graduate with Biden's distinction, that decisions like this are generally made by the attorney general, or someone with prosecutorial authority, rather than the Vice President. Perhaps a new tradition, in which every incoming administration of the party out of power vows to prosecute members of the outgoing administration, is part of the Change We Need In Washington.
But what do I know? I don't have Biden's years of wisdom, judgment, and political experience.
Hat tip: Arianna Huffington