With the roll call behind them, Democrats will begin passing the torch on Wednesday to Hillary Clinton from President Obama, who will deliver the keynote speech. Tim Kaine, Mrs. Clinton’s running mate, will get his chance to introduce himself to the nation.
Obama will implore voters to elect Clinton and defend his legacy.
There will most likely never be another stage as big for Barack Obama as the one for his address on Wednesday night, when he will try to bequeath his electoral coalition to the woman he once defeated.
In some ways, Mr. Obama’s appearance here will be his best shot at offering a vigorous defense of his eight-year legacy in the White House. He will make it clear to the millions watching that Mrs. Clinton is the best hope for continuing his policies.
A wistful Joe Biden takes a stage that might have been his own.
Few things are certain in politics, but here is one: Mr. Biden still harbors regrets that he didn’t make one final attempt to win the office he has pined for all his life.
He will most likely never publicly express that regret, of course, and particularly noton Wednesday, when he delivers what is sure to be a powerful endorsement of Mrs. Clinton.
As he takes the stage Wednesday evening, Mr. Biden will no doubt wonder whether Mrs. Clinton’s email scandal and her other weaknesses as a candidate might have given him an opening.
Can Kaine go 2 for 2?
Last week, Mr. Kaine introduced himself at a rally in Miami, delivering the kind of speech that has confounded Republicans in his state for years: a blend of biting comments and “aw shucks” attitude that disarms his adversaries.
For all the news coverage that Mr. Kaine received after his speech last week, the number of people who saw it is minuscule compared with the audience he will face in Philadelphia.
And because of his performance in Miami, which was widely praised, the expectations are sky-high. Now, the question is whether he can perform at the same level again, with the world watching.