Colby Cosh, National Post
Consider Joseph Biden, a man who is hard not to root for despite having a poorly regulated ego, even by political standards.
Six weeks into his Senate career, he was left a widower with two sons, and nearly threw in the towel at the outset of the fight.
He became literally the laughingstock of America over his plagiarism and extravagant fibbing in the '88 primaries.
Months later, he suffered a brain aneurysm and grew so ill that he received the last rites of the Church.
As a candidate for executive power, he must have been counted out more often than a pro wrestler.
It already feels like a million years since Biden finished with 1% in the Iowa caucuses after incinerating his bridges to Obama, of whom he quipped that, "The presidency is not something that lends itself to on-the-job training." (Shudder.)
That Biden is now preparing to move into that cozy little vice-presidential house on the Naval Observatory grounds is something of a miracle.