Where's Joe Biden?September 6, 2012 2:25 PM
One name that doesn't seem to be getting a lot of mention at the Democratic National Convention is Joe Biden.
In the addresses to the crowd in Charlotte, the vice-president seems to be mostly an afterthought, if he's even mentioned at all. It could lead one to speculate that organizers don't want to give too much attention to the gaffe-prone former senator from Delaware.
Biden also suffered the indignity of his speech being bumped to tonight from Wednesday, so former president Bill Clinton could be given that desired prime-time spot.
(Possibly feeling guilty, or to show there's no hard feelings, or just to remind Democrats Biden exists, Clinton did give him a nice shout-out during his speech.)
Not that vice-presidents are normally the focus, as the convention is supposed to be all about the party leader. But the convention is also a time to promote the presidential and vice-presidential ticket.
It also seems to be in stark contrast to the Republican National Convention last week, where not only did Paul Ryan get his prime-time spot, but he also seemed to be very much part of the conversation.
It's probably fair to say that many Republicans wish the roles were reversed and the Wisconsin congressman was the presidential nominee rather than Mitt Romney. The same can't be said for Democrats when it comes to Barack Obama and Biden.
Biden gets his moment tonight, and even detractors admit his folksy manner makes him a hit with crowds. And no doubt delegates will be enthusiastic during his speech and will repeatedly shout cheers of "Joe, Joe, Joe."
But he will also be fighting for any remaining ounce of spotlight after his boss takes the stage.