OK, the Biden speculation is really getting insane. All that anyone is able to report as actual news is that some people close to Biden really want him to run for president in 2016, and he hasn’t ruled it out just yet. But the same stories go on to suggest he’s 90% or 95% or 99% sure to run, and then it’s off to the races about his strategy and HOW HE WILL DESTROY HILLARY, which seems to be the real point of the coverage, particularly from conservative outlets.

Check out this lede from the Wall Street Journal’s Carol Lee and Reid Epstein:

Vice President Joe Biden, who has long been considering a presidential bid, is increasingly leaning toward entering the race if it is still possible he can knit together a competitive campaign at this late date, people familiar with the matter said.

Mr. Biden still could opt to sit out the 2016 race, and he is weighing multiple political, financial and family considerations before making a final decision. But conversations about the possibility were a prominent feature of an August stay in South Carolina and his home in Delaware last week, these people said. A surprise weekend trip to Washington to meet with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.), a darling of the party’s liberal wing, represented a pivot from potential to likely candidate, one Biden supporter said.

National Review‘s John Fund, surveying his extensive list of top-tier Democratic sources, has raced ahead to suggest a Biden-Warren ticket based on a Biden one-term pledge, BECAUSE DEMOCRATS ARE PANICKING over Hillary.

Something tells me Biden’s enjoying all this completely cooked up hype and is waiting for the perfect moment to squelch it. Even then, I betcha the speculation continues right up to the moment a restive Democratic Convention longs for Biden-Warren!

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.