Vice President Biden's Christmas party imparts a warm Christmas glow

Peggy Egan, Vice President Biden, Debbie McGoldrick, Alana O’Dowd, Niall O’Dowd and Dr. Jill Biden at the vice president’s holiday party on Friday night.

He is very much in Clinton’s shadow for 2016 as Democrats consider a further historic step in nominating the first woman after the first African American presidential candidate.

But Clinton looked a similar shoo-in in 2008 and fell to Obama, and there are some in Washington who see Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren as a viable candidate from the left, like Obama became.

In such a scenario Biden could very well figure. A long-shot yes, but he’s been a long-shot all his life and he sits a heartbeat from the presidency. Stranger things have happened.