Poor Joe Biden – about to be upstaged by Bubba himself.
Yes, the DNC has tapped former President Bill Clinton to deliver the keynote speech at the Democratic Convention in Charlotte, NC on September 5th: Clinton will also officially nominate Obama as the Democratic nominee for president. That evening is traditionally reserved for the Vice Presidential nominee’s keynote address, so Joe Biden will have to share the spotlight with Bill.
“Hundreds of thousands of voters will tune their televisions to watch the rock star of the Democratic Party take the stage Sept. 5 at the convention in Charlotte, N.C., and make what many already anticipate will be one of the most stirring speeches of the campaign.”
It could be a gamble for President Obama to unleash Bill Clinton on the crowd. Their relationship during the 2008 campaign was decidedly chilly, but in the time since then, it seems the fences have mended. The other intangible, however, is Bubba’s capacity to yammer:
If there are risks involved — Clinton famously delivered a lengthy and convoluted address at the 1988 convention, has embarrassingly gone off topic when acting as an Obama surrogate and previously upstaged the president when he commandeered a 2010 White House briefing on tax cuts — there are also rewards.
However, Clinton is enjoying some pretty high numbers in the approval department these days, and according to a Gallup Poll conducted this month, he has a 66% approval rating, with even 44% of Republicans regarding him favorably:
“Clinton’s popularity could make him one of the more valuable speakers at the 2012 Democratic National Convention later this summer, where he will reprise his 2008 convention role as booster-in-chief for Barack Obama. Hillary Clinton’s favorable rating was also 66% in Gallup’s most recent measure. Obama himself is viewed favorably by 54% of Americans.”
Contrast that with George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, who won’t be attending the Republican Convention, perhaps for the simple reason that they haven’t been invited. Ouch.
It will also be a reminder of the good ol’ days, when the Tea Party was something to be read about in history books, when the top 1% in the country paid a fairer share of taxes, and when bipartisanship was still a possibility between the parties.
Seems like a lifetime ago, doesn’t it?