Joe Biden will speak before Obama at the Democratic National Convention

Joe Biden's Closer

Joe Biden's Closer

Weigel
Reporting on Politics and Policy.
Sept. 6 2012 4:31 PM

Joe Biden's Closer

CHARLOTTE -- Peter Baker ran the story in the morning, and the details were unclear.

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David Weigel is a reporter for the Washington Post. 

Bumped out of his own night in the spotlight by former President Bill Clinton, Mr. Biden will introduce Mr. Obama before all of the broadcast networks tune in (NBC will show it; CBS and ABC will not). His role in his 25-minute address, aides said, is to validate Mr. Obama the president, much as Michelle Obama validated Mr. Obama the family man.
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Daniel Halper picked that up with the headline "Biden Will Not Speak During Prime Time," noticing that the RNC was already spinning it as an insult to the vice president: "Sandra Fluke and the CEO of Costco got prime time speaking spots last night." It's true that Biden closed out one night of the four-day convention in 2008, and won't close out one night of the three-day convention. Here's the schedule, though:

9:00 PM – 10:00 PM (LOCAL)
Video: Veterans
Remarks
Admiral John B. Nathman
United States Navy, Retired
Introductory Remarks
Angie Flores
Remarks
Dr. Jill Biden
Second Lady of the United States
Vice President Joe Biden Video
Remarks
The Honorable Joe Biden
Vice President of the United States
10:00 PM – 11:00 PM (LOCAL)
Video and Remarks
The Honorable Dick Durbin
Member of the US Senate, Illinois
President Barack Obama Video
Remarks
Barack Obama
President of the United States
Celebration
Benediction
His Eminence Timothy Dolan
Roman Catholic Cardinal and Archbishop of New York
Retire Colors
Adjournment

That's a time when a lot of viewers will be home, and they probably have multiple channels, but the trolling is creating a nice perception that Biden is being shunted aside. I remain surprised at how poorly the Democrats have handled the Twitter Track of news.

David Weigel is a reporter for the Washington Post.