Even though he’d be 74 when he’d take office, Vice President Joe Biden is showing signs that he intends to make a run at the Oval Office in 2016.

Joe Biden summoned more than 200 Democratic insiders to the vice presidential residence Sunday night to chat about the 2012 triumph — but many walked away convinced his rising 2016 ambitions were the real intent of the long, intimate night.

“I took a look at who was there,” said longtime New Hampshire state Sen. Lou D’Allesandro, “and said to myself, ‘There’s no question he’s thinking about the future.’ ”

He’s right. Biden, according to a number of advisers and Democrats who have spoken to him in recent months, wants to run, or at least be well positioned to run, if and when he decides to pull the trigger. Biden has expressed a clear sense of urgency, convinced the Democratic field will be defined quickly — and that it might very well come down to a private chat with Hillary Clinton about who should finish what Barack Obama started.

There are, of course, a lot of reasons to think there is no chance Joe will go in 2016. There’s the obvious age issue. His deserved reputation as a gaffe machine will give his opponents major ammunition. If Hillary runs, he knows he has no shot.

But he certainly appears to be considering it, and The Daily Caller gives five hints to prove that.

Biden 2016 may not result in victory, but it should give political junkies like myself plenty of material to write about.