Vice President Joe Biden's thoughts of beating Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic primaries are an impossible dream if his past track record is any indication.

Consider: In the 2008 Iowa caucuses, he won just 23 votes, or .9 percent of the vote. Clinton took 737 votes, or 29.4 percent in her loss to then-Sen. Barack Obama. He came in fifth, behind Obama, Clinton, John Edwards and Bill Richardson.

In his 1988 bid, when he was of the so-called “Seven Dwarfs” running on the Democratic side, he never got off the ground because he was caught in a plagiarism scandal surrounding stealing lines for his speeches from a British politician.

And while he left the race in 2008 after his miserable Iowa defeat, he was on most ballots in the following primaries and collected votes.

We tallied all of his votes through the big Feb. 5 "Super Tuesday" primaries in 2008. The results:

Biden: 61,096, including 18,261 in California’s primary.

Clinton: 8,686,501, including her crush of Biden in his home state of Delaware by a vote of 40,760 to 2,863.

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at