T. Becket Adams of the Washington Examiner highlights an amusing, if somewhat inexplicable, assessment of the man who has spent the past seven years one heartbeat away from the presidency.

Vice President Joe Biden is not just a well-liked politician, but he is also the “most productive two-term vice president in American history,” according to a leading authority on the United States vice presidency.

Historian Joel Goldstein told the Washington Examiner’s media desk Monday, “I suspect most close observers of the Obama administration would agree that he has played a very consequential role.”

His remarks came after the Examiner asked him about an article he authored that appeared this weekend on the History News Network, which is a project of the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.

“To an extent unmatched by any of his 46 predecessors, Biden has remained a highly consequential vice president for two full terms,” Goldstein wrote. …

… All this comes, Goldstein noted, after former Vice President Dick Cheney drew criticism from the press for being too involved in the duties of the Oval Office.

The current vice president has turned that criticism around, however, and is being hailed instead as a stunning and groundbreaking success.

“Biden contributed as vice president in other unprecedented ways,” Goldstein wrote, noting the vice president’s role in negotiating budget compromises with congressional Republicans.

Does this guy know something the rest of us don’t about the federal investigation into Hillary Clinton?