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Observations on the Democratic National Convention. . . .Day 3

August 27, 2008 - Joselyn King
* Did you catch the shot of West Virginia's delegation at the Democratic National Convention Wednesday? The camera panned them during the speech by U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va.

As if it were at the Mountaineer football game Saturday, most were dressed in gold.

And standing in the middle -- holding two signs -- was former WVU mountaineer and current Democratic secretary of state nominee Natalie Tennant. One sign proclaimed support for Rockefeller, the other for the state of West Virginia. (Tennant was dressed in dark clothing.)

Standing below Tennant was Gov. Joe Manchin. (He was wearing gold.)

* Manchin, who spoke to the convention Tuesday, got some additional television time Wednesday in late night.

He appeared briefly on the Jay Leno show, being interviewed from the Red Rock amphitheater by comedian Mo Rocca. Manchin ended up playing the straight man for a dated joke about musician John Tesch, who gave a televised performance at the venue about 15 years ago.

* Rockefeller, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, gave a concisely worded speech noting the "grim reality is that eight years of ineffective leadership in the White House has compromised our national security and made America more vulnerable." He added that, "We cannot afford even one more day of ideological decision-making, politicizing intelligence, bungling diplomacy, and obsolete thinking."

* U.S. Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., accepted the nomination for vice president Wednesday night and addressed the convention. He should prove to be a viable running mate for U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.

His 36 years of experience should balance that of first-term senator Obama, and Biden's personal story is sure to resonate with voters. You have to love a guy who has foregone the Washington scene and has commuted back to Delaware every night --initially for the purpose of raising his sons as a single widowed father.

Even if not vice president, Biden is someone to admire.


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