The Democrats have announced their DNC convention speakers, set to kick off (virtually) next week. Bernie Sanders, and former Ohio Gov. John Kasich will speak on Monday. The keynote speaker that night will be Michelle Obama. Tuesday will feature AOC, Bill Clinton, and end the night with Joe Biden’s wife, Jill Biden.
Wednesday will end with a speech from Barack Obama, but will also feature Elizabeth Warren, Hillary Clinton, and Biden’s VP pick. On Thursday, Joe Biden will deliver his acceptance speech (location not yet determined), although he will be preceded by speakers Kamala Harris, Tammy Duckworth, and Keisha Lance Bottoms.
Interestingly, Thursday speakers Kamala Harris, Tammy Duckworth, Keisha Lance Bottoms are all being considered for the VP slot. Some are suggesting that, because they are listed as speakers separate from the VP slot, that none of the three will get the nom. I don’t think that is how this works.
I think that the decision is down to Susan Rice and Kamala Harris. Being the VP nominee would not preclude Kamala Harris from speaking again on Thursday. It’s also not a stretch to believe that someone else might replace Kamala Harris as a speaker on Thursday if she is given the VP slot. I very seriously doubt that Joe Biden gave away this closely guarded secret in the listing of speakers.
I wouldn’t read much into anything, but with the convention only days away, Biden could announce his VP nominee as soon as today. I hope it’s very soon, because the conversation surrounding the VP nominee is getting so silly that The Daily Beast is basically writing an apologia for Sarah Palin (ugh).
The sooner it is announced, the quicker it will become an afterthought, as happens during most elections. Then again, this is an unusual year, where the Democratic nominee — and the favorite to win — is the afterthought. I like both Rice and Kamala, but I hope it’s the latter, because it is far less likely that she will be an afterthought, while being an afterthought may be exactly why Biden chooses Susan Rice.
We’ll know soon enough.