In his speech tonight at the Democratic National Convention, I expect President Obama will finally give poverty the time of day. Maybe even a minute of it; probably not much more. To the middle class will go the loaf, to the poor the crumbs.

Poverty has gotten hard to ignore, try as the president has. The nation’s poverty rate has risen from 12.5 percent in 2007 to 15.1 percent in 2010, the most recent year for which data is available. The 2010 rate is the highest since 1993.

Republicans are even bringing up poverty, because of a longstanding concern for the poor that began two weeks ago, no doubt after criticism of Obama about poverty did well in focus groups.