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The thing not really talked about is a modern political first: a sitting VP will not go after the presidential seat after the sitting president serves his two terms. The likelihood is that if Obama is elected, Hillary Clinton will serve another year as SoS, then step down, re-energize, and emerge as the front runner in 2014.
This means that whatever the Obama Biden administration does will not be relevant to the 2016 campaingn. If what they do is unpopular, HC can just say that was them, it won't be me.
This allows Obama and Biden to tilt as far to left as they want. For whatever reason, more people saw Biden's speech than any other speech for both the RNC and DNC. As one put it, maybe people were just tuning in to see if he would make one of 'uncle joe" comments.
But if he can say what he wants to say for the next three years without it ultimately being held against the presidential candidate, then he just drag the national dialogue to a place the progressives want it to be.
(of course we have Cheney who did not run - but this was a result of poll numbers, not because Cheney didn't want to run for and be prez, unlike Biden who is bowing out even before the 2nd term begins.)