It's now 20 years since Joe Biden's bid for the US Presidency collapsed amongst accusations of plagiarising a speech by Neil Kinnock. It seems bizarre in retrospective that copying a line about "family/generations/first to go to university" or some such like statement from the Welsh Windbag, stymied his chances.
He is now back on the Presidential trail and will soon be Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman. So he will be in the limelight when there are hearings on the Iraq war. And he has a long and distinguished track record on foreign affairs.
In terms of experience and, some might say, "common sense", Joe Biden is ahead of the rest of the Democratic field.
Where he lacks, of course, is in the areas of star quality and dosh - fields monopolised currently by H.Clinton and (...careful how you type it) B.Obama.