According to Sarah Palin, the vice president's job is to be in charge of the Senate. According to Joe Biden, that's way too much exertion…
Biden won't sit in on Senate Democrats' weekly caucus meetings – a privilege Republicans afforded outgoing Vice President Dick Cheney. He won't have an office outside the House floor, as House Speaker Dennis Hastert gave Cheney early on.
Biden will not begin every day with his own intelligence briefing before sitting in on the president's. He will not always be the last person Obama speaks to before making a decision.
He also will not, as a transition official calls it, operate a "shadow government" within an Obama administration.
He may, however, operate a "Sudoku competition" with his pet economist. Man's gotta have a reason to get up in the morning, am I right?
Oh, and look — the vice president elect got himself another pet this weekend. It's a puppy! Maybe his puppy will teach Rahm Emanuel not to "mark" the White House carpets, and everyone will thank Joe Biden for "helping."
This is shaping up to be the best retirement ever.
Tags: Dick Cheney, Joe Biden, Puppies!, Rahm Emanuel