Beren wrote:Sure, and he still does because Joe is so reliable.
Here's an idea that'll bake your noodle perhaps, and others besides.... Just a set of theories maybe;
Vice-President Biden was the real power in the Obama Administration all along, with him essentially as Obama's Co-President (just as with Bush and Cheney before them) and Obama as the face of the Administration, so to speak. 2016 happened and Biden felt he had to run against Trump in 2020, with little expectation at the time he decided, that he would win the election.
Now, Biden is still the real power and his Vice-President Harris is the face of the Administration.
By the way, where do the Clintons factor in all this? Well, they disgraced themselves when their friend Trump ran for President in order to ruin the GOP in the 2016 primaries and actually won, the Clinton plan backfiring spectacularly for being too clever by half of course, not to mention that Trump is far too brilliant himself to not turn down the opportunity of a lifetime for a political adventurer like him, and so he made the most of it.
But man is a fickle and disreputable creature and perhaps, like a chess-player, is interested in the process of attaining his goal rather than the goal itself.