If there was much doubt that Joe Biden has thoughts about running for president in 2020, that can be put to rest; he came out and said what he must have felt about Hillary Clinton during the entire 2016 presidential campaign: “I never thought she was a great candidate. I thought I was a great candidate.”

Biden made that statement at the SALT hedge fund conference in Las Vegas, though he mitigated the effect somewhat by saying, “Hillary would have been a really good president.”

Biden was asked if he will run in 2020, prompting him to reply, "Could I? Yes. Would I? Probably not." Yet he added, "I may very well do it … At this point, no one in my family or I have made the judgment to run.”

That does sound like a man with his eye on the presidency.

Ironically, Biden admonished members of Congress to "Argue like hell ... but show some respect.”

That does seem odd for the man who said to an audience that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan wanted to put them all in chains. This is the same guy of whom Professor Stephen Calabresi of Northwestern University Law School said regarding Democrats’ efforts to smear Judge Robert Bork and Judge Clarence Thomas:

It’s important to remember that Sen. Biden was the chairman of the committee during the Bork nomination and the Thomas confirmation fights. He very much planned the hearings, organized them, orchestrated them and caused them to take the form that they did. I think it is fair to say that he was the Grand Inquisitor in the Inquisition. He was the person, really, orchestrating the whole show. “(Biden) dragged out the hearings substantially. here was a lot of time before the hearings to allow outside left-wing groups to gin-up a political campaign against Judge Bork. In general, he treated the Bork hearings more as if they were about electing a Supreme Court justice, than about deciding to ‘advise and consent’ about a presidential nomination.