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Durbin, Obama close Dem convention in prime 10-11 p.m. slot; Biden to serve as encore to Here Comes Honey Boo Boo

By Doug Powers  •  September 6, 2012 08:02 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

It’s been speculated by the wishful thinkers among us that Vice President Joe Biden is eying a run for the presidency in 2016. If that’s the case, President Obama isn’t providing Biden with the highest visibility speaking slot tonight, opting instead to have Sen. Dick “your money or your life” Durbin provide his introduction:

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) will introduce President Barack Obama during prime time this evening at the final night of the Democratic National Convention.

Vice President Joseph Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, will address delegates at the Time Warner Cable Arena during the 9 p.m. hour, convention organizers announced. And no one is more disappointed about Biden’s speaking slot than Republicans, who have taken to Twitter to campaign for the gaffe-prone vice president to speak during the nationally televised 10 p.m. hour instead.

CBS and ABC news will air the DNC’s program only during the 10 p.m. hour, according to MarketWatch. NBC will air a full two hours tonight because it showed the NFL season opening game last night.

Now why wouldn’t the campaign allow Biden to address the largest possible audience? Come on, Dems… unchain Joe!

The TLC show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo tied Bill Clinton’s speech in the ratings last night. According to my program guide, HCHBooBoo is on from 7-8 p.m. tonight. The Dems could probably get some of those viewers to flip over to convention coverage by referring to Biden’s time slot as Here Comes Funny Boo Boo.

On a separate but related note, it’s a good thing President Obama’s acceptance speech was moved indoors — there are brutal weather conditions in Charlotte right now. It’s too bad the acceptance speech couldn’t have been at the huge outdoor venue, but hey, safety first.

We’ll also go ahead and consider this our final day of the Democratic convention open thread.

**Written by Doug Powers

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