Apparently, that’s the buzz. He’s been my preferred Democratic Veep candidate all through this cycle: experienced, wise to Washington, thoughtful on all the big foreign-policy files. He could bolster the Obama ticket’s (lately rather badly sagging) gravitas credentials, and (one hopes) leave the nominee free to re-inject a little excitement back into his plodding campaign.

Incidentally, the chapter on how he got over his stuttering habit as a boy is one of the great moments in Richard Ben Cramer’s historic account of the 1988 presidential campaign, What it Takes.