Choosing North Carolina a mistake?

posted at 11:21 am on May 1, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

When the Democratic National Committee chose North Carolina for its 2012 national convention, the decision made some sense.  Barack Obama had scored a surprising, if narrow, victory in North Carolina in 2008, which gave Democrats their first win in the South since Clinton.  Using North Carolina as a swing-state beachhead, Obama could force Republicans onto defense in the 2012 election in their bastion of strength, and help push North Carolina into following Virginia’s path back to the Democratic Party.  After all, Democrats succeeded at a similar effort in Colorado in 2008 with their convention, strengthening the state party.

Unfortunately, as political analyst Stuart Rothenberg argues in Roll Call, the decision looks like a big mistake in retrospect:

The state’s Democratic governor, Beverly Perdue, is so unpopular — her job approval has been fluctuating from 30 percent to 40 percent for months — that she wisely decided not to seek re-election this year. A recent survey by Public Policy Polling, a Raleigh-based Democratic polling firm, showed only 60 percent of Democrats approve of the job the governor is doing.A handful of Democrats are vying for their party’s nomination, including former Rep. Bob Etheridge and the state’s sitting lieutenant governor, Walter Dalton, but virtually everyone expects former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory (R), who lost to Perdue narrowly four years ago, to win the state’s top office in November.

Republicans don’t usually win the top job; only two of them have held the office since Reconstruction.  But that’s not the real reason why this is looking like disaster on the hoof:

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, North Carolina’s preliminary unemployment rate for March stood at 9.7 percent, lower than only three states (California, Rhode Island and Nevada) and the District of Columbia. Apparently, the Obama administration’s jobs recovery has not shifted into high gear in the Tar Heel State.

Of course, if the state’s economy is a mess, it’s still in better shape than the North Carolina Democratic Party.

Two weeks ago, the state party’s executive director, Jay Parmley, resigned amid accusations of sexual harassment. North Carolina Democratic Party Chairman David Parker, who accepted Parmley’s resignation but seemed to defend him, has also come under fire. Some Democratic activists are now demanding his resignation.

Finally, the president will accept his party’s nomination — and presumably beat up on corporate America and the wealthy — at Bank of America Stadium (after a couple of days at Time Warner Cable Arena). Expect the press to point out the irony, which could put President Barack Obama’s campaign on the defensive more than a few times.

In fact, Mitt Romney has already hit Obama over the high unemployment rate in North Carolina.  Expect to hear even more along those lines as the conventions approach.  The name of the stadium will also likely provoke a couple of attack ads, as well as the need to rent out a stadium rather than just deliver the speech at the convention hall.  If they haul out the Barackopolis again, that will make for some hilarious eye-poking.

But there’s more that Rothenberg misses, too.  As in Colorado, Democrats wound up picking a host site in a right-to-work state.  Now that the DNC has fallen so short on fundraising for the event — which they had to shorten to three days for cost containment — they want unions to pick up the rest of the tab.  That puts Big Labor in the unenviable position of paying the bill for non-union labor, to the tune of as much as $18 million, while they fight legislators who passed right-to-work laws in Indiana and Arizona and a governor who enacted PEU reforms in Wisconsin.  Don’t expect that stretch of funding to help matters in any of those three states, not to mention the fact that it’s going to take some funds away from the outside-group Obama election effort, too.

The gamble paid off in Colorado four years ago.  This time around, Democrats may end up losing their shirts … and the election, too.


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Democrats: Always a mistake.

trigon on May 1, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Democrats may end up losing their shirts … and the election, too.

I can dream… about the election. Keep their shirts on!

upinak on May 1, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Democrat convention is going to be a fiasco. They’ll be lucky if there aren’t full blown riots.

forest on May 1, 2012 at 11:26 AM

The gamble paid off in Colorado four years ago. This time around, Democrats may end up losing their shirts … and the election, too.

Dare to dream.

I hope that the average voter (who is low-information) can see all of this and realize how horribly they were duped and how badly they wanted to believe in the impossible four years ago.

It’s hard to get someone to admit they made an error in judgement. It’s a point of pride for almost everyone that they have GOOD judgement. I’m okay with never hearing anyone speak a word of regret about Obama ever.

Just go into that booth and correct your error quietly, without fanfare.

Washington Nearsider on May 1, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Utopia once again felled by reality.

“One day, fantasy will triumph! Forward!”

BobMbx on May 1, 2012 at 11:26 AM

What’s not addressed here is the issues with the various unions for choosing a non-union state.

bloghooligan on May 1, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Unfortunately, as political analyst Stuart Rothenberg argues in Roll Call, the decision looks like a big mistake in retrospect

ObaMao will not, repeat NOT win this state!!!

cicerone on May 1, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Doh…I commented on the Roll Call article and not Ed’s post. MB.

bloghooligan on May 1, 2012 at 11:28 AM

The Tri-cities, Charlotte and Asheville are havens for the dims – but as for the rest of the state, its almost like open season.

Turtle317 on May 1, 2012 at 11:28 AM

F O R W A R D

Electrongod on May 1, 2012 at 11:30 AM

On top of all that…

EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson has demanded that North Carolina change their name to Algae Heels.

Tar Heels connotes acceptance of man-caused environmental disasters and smacks of being pro-fossil fuels.

coldwarrior on May 1, 2012 at 11:30 AM

That poster looks creepy. Like out of some weird political thriller movie.

gophergirl on May 1, 2012 at 11:31 AM

I assume Bank of America stadium is outdoors. Have they checked the weather patterns for North Carolina for these days?

I see the One accepting his speech in front of columns, not of styrofoam, but of the biodegradable organic recycled stuff they now sell instead of packing peanuts.

The heavens open (God has a sense of humor), the rains fall, the columns melt…

Wethal on May 1, 2012 at 11:31 AM

This time around, Democrats may end up losing their shirts … and the election, too.

Let us Pray.

samazf on May 1, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Tar Heels connotes acceptance of man-caused environmental disasters and smacks of being pro-fossil fuels.

coldwarrior on May 1, 2012 at 11:30 AM

She hates us because our feet are black. Racist.

Turtle317 on May 1, 2012 at 11:32 AM

gophergirl on May 1, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Looks to me like Obamatrons burning in Hades.

coldwarrior on May 1, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Didn’t Gov. Bev Perdue want to cancel the 2012 election? Maybe Obummer should take her advice and cancel the convention.

What happens when the Democrats stepped on the Hornets’ nest.

Steve Z on May 1, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Here’s hoping the OWS punks are in attendance and the entire thing turns out to be a re-run of Chicago in ’68.

All the core Dem groups need invitations: OWS, New Black Panthers, Nation of Islam, Jesse, Al, random terrorists from Ayer’s rolodex, Chaz Bono…

The could be an epically awesome party.

CorporatePiggy on May 1, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Well maybe mo will have another dandy ‘black widow’ dress on as she had last time?
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letget on May 1, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Yes. Bev was the governor who proposed a fiat for all sitting governors, congresspersons and Obama. Just declare “no election” in 2010.

I do hope someone reminds NC voters of the Democrat illusions of Hugo Chevez.

Portia46 on May 1, 2012 at 11:36 AM

On top of all that…

EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson has demanded that North Carolina change their name to Algae Heels.

Tar Heels connotes acceptance of man-caused environmental disasters and smacks of being pro-fossil fuels.

coldwarrior on May 1, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Heh. Assume this is a joke — but what makes this so effective is that, with these morons, what once was parody has become reality … so you never really know when you hear things like this. LOL.

ShainS on May 1, 2012 at 11:37 AM

A handful of Democrats are vying for their party’s nomination, including former Rep. Bob Etheridge

Wasn’t he the guy that decked a student with a camera who wanted to ask him a question? “Who are yeuuuu?”

Steve Z on May 1, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Anybody notice on the poster all the people are red?Its Either a marxist fantasy or a prophetic statement. LOL !

stormridercx4 on May 1, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Choosing NC and having their convention there will keep reminding the residents there of all the awful things the dems have done there and to the nation.

dogsoldier on May 1, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Democrats may end up losing their shirts … and the election, too.

Can I have an AMEN?!?!

timmytee on May 1, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Does the site of a convention really matter? I just don’t see a NC resident thinking, you know I don’t really care for Obama but he put the DNC in my state so I’ll vote for him anyway.

I’m pretty sure CO would have gone for Obama in 2008 without the DNC taking place in Denver. And how did it work out for McCain? He had the RNC in MSP and MN went for Obama by a huge margin, and even elected Al Franken.

angryed on May 1, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Liberals are really something. My fave part is unions having to pay for non-union work. That’s great.

search4truth on May 1, 2012 at 11:43 AM

I’m about sick of NC talked about like it’s some Democrap stronghold. He won there by very little in the worst year for Repubs since 1964. Same thing with Indiana and a few other places. I think this clown goes down hard, not like Carter in 80, but by alot more than the media will ever detect in their biased polls.

gsherin on May 1, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Shouldn’t they be wearing SEIU shirts in that DNC Convention logo?

de rigueur on May 1, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Nelson: “Ha-ha!”

Ukiah on May 1, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Is the logo for the convention a joke?

http://media.hotair.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/dncc-logo.jpg

In the form of an “O”? Please tell me that’s a parody.

Paul-Cincy on May 1, 2012 at 11:46 AM

The picture looks like Red people are trapped in a big steaming Obama bowl.

faraway on May 1, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Finally, the president will accept his party’s nomination — and presumably beat up on corporate America and the wealthy — at Bank of America Stadium (after a couple of days at Time Warner Cable Arena). Expect the press to point out the irony, which could put President Barack Obama’s campaign on the defensive more than a few times.

Yeah, sure. More likely they’ll be competing to see who can suck the hardest and longest….

ScottG on May 1, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Go with Greek columns please!

cmsinaz on May 1, 2012 at 11:46 AM

de rigueur on May 1, 2012 at 11:44 AM

No. Silly. SEIU shirts are purple.

It would clash horribly with the robin’s egg blue arc on the poster.

:-)

coldwarrior on May 1, 2012 at 11:47 AM

faraway on May 1, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Poor dogs.

coldwarrior on May 1, 2012 at 11:48 AM

THAT’S where Newter should set up an office…NC !!

After all, he is Suthern friendly…Is he not ?

FlaMurph on May 1, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Maybe the coach k pic from last week would have been approriate

cmsinaz on May 1, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Liberals are really something. My fave part is unions having to pay for non-union work. That’s great.

search4truth on May 1, 2012 at 11:43 AM

I call it justice. Obama calls it ‘spreading the wealth around’.

BobMbx on May 1, 2012 at 11:49 AM

In all fairness, there was a 1 in 57 chance that this would happen.

rogerb on May 1, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Expect the press not to point out the irony

FIFY.

IrishEyes on May 1, 2012 at 11:51 AM

The name of the stadium will also likely provoke a couple of attack ads, as well as the need to rent out a stadium rather than just deliver the speech at the convention hall. If they haul out the Barackopolis again, that will make for some hilarious eye-poking.

Didn’t they rent out BofA Stadium because it was a bigger venue- meaning more seats and skyboxes to sell to supporters for contributions? They may be regretting it now but the whole idea was that there was going to be so much Obamentum that Time Warner was going just be too small for the crowds gathered to usher in Obama’s second nomination.

I do hope they haul out Barackopolis. That will at least show they are into recycling.

Happy Nomad on May 1, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Let Democrats win the election, or DWS loses her shirt!

Archivarix on May 1, 2012 at 11:52 AM

The gamble paid off in Colorado four years ago. This time around, Democrats may end up losing their shirts … and the election, too.

We can only hope this thing blows up in baracks face.

BTW, barack sucks.

DuctTapeMyBrain on May 1, 2012 at 11:53 AM

My fave part is unions having to pay for non-union work. That’s great.

search4truth on May 1, 2012 at 11:43 AM

This is a big deal for Dems. When I was living in New Orleans, both party’s convention search committees came to the city in their search for a venue. The GOP committee was interested in the logistics. The Dem committee spent a good deal of time whining that only one hotel was unionized.

Happy Nomad on May 1, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Well I am sure the unicorns will still be out in force. So there is that.

Unless some dimbulb invited that Fluke chick and her entourage.

Lily on May 1, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Let Democrats win the election, or DWS loses her shirt!

Archivarix on May 1, 2012 at 11:52 AM

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so gross.

FlaMurph on May 1, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Unless some dimbulb invited that Fluke chick and her entourage.

Lily on May 1, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Yes. Michael Moore will be there.

But calling him an entourage, that’s pretty low, really.

Large. Fat. Obese. Jaba-the-Huttian. OK.

But entourage?

Have you no shame?

Have you no decency?

:-)

coldwarrior on May 1, 2012 at 11:59 AM

…I feel good after reading this piece! (Thanks Ed)
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…it’s the ECONOMY stupid…!!!

KOOLAID2 on May 1, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Barry wants to know if there will be any K-9 patrols?

Ogabe on May 1, 2012 at 12:00 PM

>>Beverly Purdue… she wisely decided not to seek re-election this year.

What’s the matter Purdue…chicken??

raccoonradio on May 1, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Ogabe on May 1, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Michelle says no snacking.

coldwarrior on May 1, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Let Democrats win the election, or DWS loses her shirt!

Archivarix on May 1, 2012 at 11:52 AM

I was willing to give my life to defend this country. I’m sure I can learn to live without my eyes.

Washington Nearsider on May 1, 2012 at 12:01 PM

The idea that voters will swing to a party they consider to be harmful to America because some (both) Godawful political party decides to award the state they reside in with a convention is patently laughable. Surely there is more wisdom in punditry land than such frail assumptions?

Don L on May 1, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Between this and the John Edwards trial, the North Carolina Dems are providing a lot of stimulus for the popcorn industry.

Sowell Disciple on May 1, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Reposted and edited from headlines:

Meh. Nobody here (NC) cares much about the internal workings of the state Democratic Party. It’s not even a blip on the news. It will have zero effect on the election. There are far greater forces at work. The unemployment rate speaks for itself. We don’t need Romney or Obama reminding us.

These sorts of scandals only hurt when the offending party is the GOP because the press (local and national) play them up constantly. You’d get Romney peppered with questions about how the scandal will affect the convention, etc. It’d be a regular topic on the political talk shows. But a Dem scandal? Nothing.

As for NC trending Dem, it is. The huge influx of people from the NE (who don’t get that they had to leave there because of socialist policies and taxation) have brought their liberal mindset.

I remember when GA defeated a civil union initiative on the ballot with about 71% of the vote. Family groups were celebrating. I thought it was horrific and a harbinger of bad days ahead… there was a day not too long ago when such an initiative… in GA!… would have gone down by 95+ points.

mankai on May 1, 2012 at 7:13 AM

mankai on May 1, 2012 at 12:04 PM

How soon till Obama makes a “joke” about NC BBQ, and insults everyone?

William Teach on May 1, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Keep hope alive.

juanito on May 1, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Which other State controlled by the Democrats is not mired in failing economy and scandals?

galtani on May 1, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Just read this. I have no idea who should get credit, as it was sourced as a “wise blogger,” but it’s genius.

Apparently, I’m supposed to be more angry about what Mitt Romney does with his own money than what Barack Obama does with mine

Washington Nearsider on May 1, 2012 at 12:13 PM

coldwarrior on May 1, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Well, if by entourage one means group of people. And when by group of people one means Michael Moore, then, one must also include his team of lunch box bearers which by any definition is a group of people. So, meaning no disrespect to Michael Moore and his long-suffering burden bearers, by all means, entourage.

Lily on May 1, 2012 at 12:14 PM

“One day, fantasy will triumph! Forward!”

BobMbx on May 1, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Epic work comrade, carry on!

roy_batty on May 1, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Ed,

I read somewhere that the chain hotels/motels were being told by Democrats to use union employees from out of state to work in the hotels during the convention — somehow lending union “purity”, albeit temporarily.

Don’t know how they could do that at the BoA Center, other than temporarily mandating they pay union scale. Are they asking the union to pay the difference between the prevailing wage rate and unions scale? Is there a chance the unions will make up the difference? Not a chance!

At least the Democrats are finding the hardships of union scale when it’s on their own dime, not ours.

Corky Boyd on May 1, 2012 at 12:30 PM

“This time around, Democrats may end up losing their shirts … and the election, too.” This statement would be correct if the GOP, my party, wasn’t led by their weak and timid. They will, I suspect, try to conduct a “nice” campaign like McCain and the Chicago political machine will eviscerate them. They are already letting the liberals control the narrative and I believe it’s going to get much worse.

Certif on May 1, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Are we still required to call North Carolina in “The South?” Why? Isn’t there only like 12 people that could be called Southerners living there now?

di butler on May 1, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Just go into that booth and correct your error quietly, without fanfare.

Washington Nearsider on May 1, 2012 at 11:26 AM

+1,000!

KS Rex on May 1, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Man – their signage/logos are just getting creepy. The “O” is the new swastika (or as Nanzi Pelosi would say “swa-sti-kah”)

CycloneCDB on May 1, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Won’t it be great to have the OWS types with their Anarchist/Socialist/Communist friends on the outside calling the radicals on the inside not radical enough? This is going to play just so well in NC…

I can see the news reporters asking some of the folks in the Piedmont about the goings-on and the Piedmonters pointing out how that is just the same 60′s radicals that the D’s welcomed in with open arms and that, really, they haven’t learned anything about economics, society or how meaningless class is. Since those in and around the convention will have no class.

Rural and small town America isn’t going to like this over-much, particularly in States where the economy is driving thriving businesses under and putting pressure on small businesses. In the attempt to ‘Recreate ’68′ the OWSers and their ancient hippie cohorts will find they will have much the same effect on the D’s as the last did save that now the few sane people will leave the party to become the disaster it is destined to be. Want to see the dissolving of the D party dominance in politics? It starts in ’68 and the OWSers want to duplicate that and finish the job.

ajacksonian on May 1, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Are we still required to call North Carolina in “The South?” Why? Isn’t there only like 12 people that could be called Southerners living there now?

di butler on May 1, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Trust me, NC is still a southern state. There are a few areas that are pretty liberal, such as the Research Triangle area near UNC and NC State. I live in an R+11 district, and an R+10 county. Trust me, NC will flip back to the Red column this year. In 2008, Obama won here by only about 12K votes – and with unemployment hanging at about 9.7, he should be toast.

TarheelBen on May 1, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Just go into that booth and correct your error quietly, without fanfare.

Washington Nearsider on May 1, 2012 at 11:26 AM

+1,000!

KS Rex on May 1, 2012 at 12:39 PM

I don’t need wailing and gnashing of teeth or a mea culpa or anything like that. Just walk in there and fix it. No one needs to ever know you were one of the 52% who saddled us with this nonsense, and you can have the quiet satisfaction of knowing you helped remedy a grievous error.

Washington Nearsider on May 1, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Why not go to SF where the OWS and the Union Thugs perform so well!

They could paint signs on the Police Department walls, are close to the Hollywood types with all the money and not much else.

They would be amongst free spending big spenders and be happy.

Obamatrix on May 1, 2012 at 12:58 PM

You democrats have much to be proud of…the clusterfark in the oval office as your leader and the everyday trainwreck that is your responsibility. If our country wasn’t in so much danger from you, this would make a great comedy……..pathetic but at the same time I am snickering at your demise…..

crosshugger on May 1, 2012 at 1:07 PM

ObaMao will not, repeat NOT win this state!!!

cicerone on May 1, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Obama didn’t win it the last time either. 0.93% (less than 20,000 votes) my @ss — there was major voter fraud going on, but McCain chose not to contest the “results” of NC or any of the other questionable Obama “wins” that year.

Dark Star on May 1, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Time for some STIMULUS money for North Carolina!

GarandFan on May 1, 2012 at 1:10 PM

With Obama and the Democratic Party there, it will be known as Bankrupt America Stadium.

JohnGalt23 on May 1, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Everyone knows the DNC cannot make a mistake – not with Debbie Wassername-Schultz at the helm.

It will be funny to see the streets filled with redneck protestors instead of the usual Democrat hangers-on left-wing hippies and Occupier types.

They won’t be too evident, since the city is planning to enforce body odor laws under hazardous materials statutes.

Obama, if he dares to attend, will have to come in on a helicopter to the roof, not by street, else he get a good look at what people really think of him.

dockywocky on May 1, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Barry wants to know if there will be any K-9 patrols Hors d’œuvre?

FIFY

Freed0m28 on May 1, 2012 at 2:11 PM

One has to wonder just who is in charge over at the Obama campaign, particularly as to the selection of slogans. Given the media’s and the public’s inclination towards reducing phraseology to acronyms and that “Win The Future” is hardly the first phrase that comes to mind when one sees WTF, forgive me if I might question the intellectual depth that allowed this little gem to get off the drawing board never mind put into play.

Once WTF started to show up on campaign sites and on backdrops for Obama’s speeches it took about two seconds for the Republican opposition to jump all over it referencing of course the more familiar meaning of WTF. Well it was out there and the campaign had to live with it, at least for a while.

So now here we are a month or so on and the best they can come up with for a replacement is “Forward”? Once again one might question the intellectual capacity that brought this one to the fore. That the term as a political slogan has a long history of usage by European socialist and communist parties is beyond dispute. I’m not one to often site Wikipedia as a source but even that on line encyclopedia has an article on its use by Marx, Lenin and Trotsky. That’s not to say that this is its only application but one would think it would have at least given them some cause to pause before using it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forward_(generic_name_of_socialist_publications)

So what’s going on here? Is this but a confirmation of Peggy Noonan’s recent conclusion that what we are seeing is amateur hour at the White House? Are they really this clueless? Is perhaps their slogan guru such a hard core socialist/communist that they just can’t help but revert to their indoctrinated form? If David Axelrod and the President are approving this stuff are they clueless or similarly indoctrinated? Or maybe there is a saboteur in the campaign who is simply playing them for fools. If that is the casw they sure are earning their salary.

Either way not satisfied to have tossed the Republicans the WTF bone to chew on, somebody decided to wrap it with a nice thick slab of “Forward” bacon. Hilarity will no doubt ensue.

LCT688 on May 1, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Should be an interesting convention, both Ovommits and all their lackeys and criminals in one place. It is funny the unions having to pay for non-union workers though.

Brushjumper on May 1, 2012 at 2:32 PM

That logo is also going to turn out to be a terrible choice when the Occupoopers start rioting during the convention.

bitsy on May 1, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Finally, the president will accept his party’s nomination — and presumably beat up on corporate America and the wealthy — at Bank of America Stadium (after a couple of days at Time Warner Cable Arena). Expect the press to point out the irony

BWAAAA-HAAAA-HAAA-HAAAA! Oh, that’s rich. Thanks for the gut-buster Ed. C’mon man, you know better than that.

mapper on May 1, 2012 at 3:12 PM

There are packs of yellow dog democrats in North Carolina who will not vote for Obama this time. Well, not after that “Dreams” disclosure anyway . . .

BigAlSouth on May 1, 2012 at 3:16 PM

That logo is also going to turn out to be a terrible choice when the Occupoopers start rioting during the convention.

The Secret Service will have the area on lockdown the entire week. I would be surprised if any “Occupiers” get within a mile of the convention. Unless of course the Occupiers have gainful employment in houses of ill repute.

weaselyone on May 1, 2012 at 3:28 PM

What’s the address? There are some unmarked barrels in a mostly empty green energy plant here in CA that I think are for the convention. Might be full of confetti, balloons or some other party paraphernalia.

sdbatboy on May 1, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Ed:

But there’s more that Rothenberg misses, too. As in Colorado, Democrats wound up picking a host site in a right-to-work state.

There’s more than that too.

The Obama campaign didn’t just ‘wind up’ in a right-to-work state making a play for key electoral votes. Coming to Charlotte was also part of the same strategic push that engendered the NLRB’s complaint against Boeing in South Carolina. I don’t doubt that the unions were fully on board with that agenda-driven convention choice. The Charlotte advance team made news here when it became obvious that non-union contractors needn’t bother applying for convention work. I’m not sure if Obama HQ ever walked that back, but I am sure that the long suffering, salt-of-the-earth, NC union folks who made everything possible will show up, as planned, in Obama’s Convention rhetoric, and quite possibly on stage.

As Rothenberg suggests, the Democratic state party’s mess makes things on the ground look very different now, but I think he’s missing what may be a serious, less statistical, McCrory factor. Our likely next governor is not just the former, extraordinarily popular Mayor of Charlotte. If you take an up close look at NC’s 2008 electoral map, McCrory’s proven ability to win over a massively Democratic city seems even more significant. The economic potential of a right-to-work state under committed Republican leadership has also been a central theme in McCrory’s campaign from the start. With NC Democrats in disarray, he has a home court advantage if he thinks he can capitalize on the contrast with Obama instead, conceivably cutting into the President’s Convention headlines, as well as his support, and coordinating with Team Romney in mutually beneficial fashion.

Sooo, for the moment, I’ve decided to bask in the prospect of Democrats pouring a fortune down a NC drain, in what I hope will be a fruitless attempt to hang onto the microscopic 14,000 margin Obama eked out in this state last time around.

JM Hanes on May 1, 2012 at 8:03 PM