Whether Barack Obama or Mitt Romney wins today, and barring an unforeseen crisis leading to numerous recounts and messy legal issues, the 2012 election cycle will come to an end today. But not to worry, the 2016 election cycle will be right there waiting, whether as a race to challenge President-elect Mitt Romney, or to succeed the newly reelected Barack Obama.
And one contender already stands apart from the rest, ready and girded for battle: None other than the man who makes being a "happy warrior" look synonymous with being manic - Joe Biden.
The AP reports that Biden, when asked if he thought it was the last time he'd vote for himself at the polling place this morning, told reporters, "No, I don't think so."
Biden arrived with his wife, Jill, at Alexis I. DuPont High School in Greenville, Del., shortly after the polls opened and waited about 13 minutes. Also accompanying the vice president were his son, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden; Beau's wife, Hallie; and their 8-year-old daughter, Natalie.
Biden shook hands with and hugged other voters as he waited. He urged Americans to vote "even if you have to stand in line."