Instead of counting sheep to fall asleep at night, we imagine Vice President Joe Biden may be counting votes.

OBAMA/That’s because President Barack Obama just announced that he has told Biden to focus “day and night” on getting the START treaty ratified by Congress. (That’s what happens when you let the boss “drop by” one of your meetings.)

Obama said ratifying the nuclear arms treaty with Russia was the single most important national security issue for the lame duck Congress. “It is a national security imperative that the United States ratify the New START treaty this year.”

Obama brought up the Republican who is sacrosanct for Republicans — Ronald Reagan — as having supported START, as did every president after him,  to make the point that it should not be a partisan issue.

Then, with Biden seated to his right, Obama said: “I’ve asked Vice President Biden to focus on this issue day and night until it gets done.”