Biden to Dem donors: Don't you forget about me

And every Republican in the country agrees: Dem donors, please don't forget about Biden in 2016. Give him all your money.

Vice President Joe Biden surprised a gathering of donors in Cincinnati last week when he floated the prospect of his succeeding President Barack Obama in the White House.

Biden, who started in the Senate young and would be just 70 in 2012, raised the possibility unprompted during a wide-ranging conversation at the May 19 dinner with major Democratic Party donors, a source in the room said.

The Vice President, who has never ruled in or out running in six years, told the group he hadn't made up his mind, and cited both political conditions and his own health as relevant factors.

Biden is assuming an Obama win in 2012, which is far from a sure thing with Obama polling in the 40s now and the economy nowhere near close to robust. In fact, by 2016 there's a good chance the Democrats will be facing a GOP incumbent. If that's the case, Biden is not likely at all to be the man Democrats turn to for a White House recapture. But if he wants to run, and Democrats want to give him their money, who am I to stand in their way?