Joe Biden, the Delaware senator who sputtered out of the primaries in Iowa, may be the ideal VP for Barack Obama, writes Walter Shapiro in Slate. The 65-year-old chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee has international policy cred, a son heading to Iraq, a pull with Catholic voters, a "just-plain-Joe political style," and a compelling personal story—his wife and daughter died in a car crash in 1972.
"In choosing a vice president, you want somebody who can be on the campaign trail day after day, taking the pressure off the candidate," says a former DNC chair. "One of the things that this campaign showed is that Joe Biden is a good retail politician." And Biden's proposal to divide Iraq into three regions—Sunni, Shiite, and Kurdish—may appeal to Obama as he looks for a reasonable resolution of the war. Biden has said he will "of course...say yes" to the VP spot if asked.