Phil Terzian wrote the piece in these pages just a few weeks ago, speculating that Biden's role in the Obama administration would rate slightly higher than "the 'bucket of warm piss' described by John Nance Garner, [but] less than its constitutional status suggests." That would seem to be confirmed by the first "daily guidance email" distributed by the Office of the Vice President to members of the press, who are, no doubt, studying Biden's every move:
The Vice President attended the President's Daily Briefing; the PresidentÂ¹s Bipartisan Congressional Leadership meeting; the President's Daily Economic Briefing; and the PresidentÂ¹s Budget Meeting. In addition, the Vice President and President held their weekly luncheon meeting."
Read Terzian on vice presidents past and present here