Joe Biden: Voice of Reason?

As Hillary says “I respect all of my colleagues on this stage,” you can see Joe Biden shaking his head and laughing.

Blitzer then turns and asks for Biden to weigh in. “The American people don’t give a darn about anything going on up here tonight,” he says. “They’re worried about whether their child is gonna run into a drug dealer,” whether they can afford their mortgages, whether they’ll keep their job, and whether their children will get killed in Iraq.”

It’s worth remembering that these are twilight days for the B-list candidates. They’ll only be around for so many more debates. Now’s their chance to paint their second-tier status as something that in fact puts them above the fray. (When in reality they just don’t have to get their hands as dirty.) Look for Biden and Dodd and Richardson to make the “can’t we all just get along” argument more and more. Easy for them to say, so why not say it.