Labor unions’ cash going to shadow convention, not Charlotte

posted at 2:42 pm on July 12, 2012 by Mary Katharine Ham

When the Democratic Party picked my home state of North Carolina for its convention this year, they were still safely ensconced in the euphoric glow of Barack Obama’s slim victory there in ’08. Some murmured about the state’s right-to-work status and its lowest-in-the-nation union participation (2.9 percent!). But they weren’t hurdles to lusty labor participation, or so they thought.

Fast forward to 2012, and major labor unions are taking their ball and heading to labor-friendly Philadelphia, not Charlotte. More than a dozen unions, as reported by the Charlotte Observer, are planning a rally on Aug. 11, which they claim is “not meant to challenge or distract.”

But the rally is certainly a distraction for union money the Charlotte convention needs. The convention committee has raised a paltry $10 million of its $36 million goal, and already shortened the Obama coronation to a three-day affair, canceling an event at the Charlotte Motor Speedway (which they were desperately hoping would help with this problem).

Meanwhile…

Traditionally a generous supporter of Democratic conventions, IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) contributed $1 million to fund the festivities in Denver in 2008. This year, it will instead be writing a seven-figure check for a “Workers Stand for America” rally in Philadelphia on Aug. 11.

The rally, financed in part by money from IBEW and other unions that would otherwise be going toward the Sept. 3 convention in Charlotte, will showcase a “second bill of rights” intended to refocus attention on middle-class concerns—jobs, living wages, energy, and educational opportunity. The entire initiative will be announced at a Thursday afternoon press conference with IBEW President Ed Hill and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

The list goes on, from the National Journal:

The Laborers’ International Union of North America, by contrast, kicked in $1.5 million–making it the second-largest contributor to the Denver convention. This year, the organization is significantly pulling back…

The Communications Workers of America will only be offsetting the costs of members attending the convention, not contributing directly as it did by giving $52,000 in 2008. Unite Here told The Wall Street Journal in May that it will be keeping its $100,000 this time around. A dozen other labor organizations are boycotting the convention altogether, although many others are still planning to send delegates.

Richard Trumka has told media outlets the AFL-CIO won’t be sponsoring events in Charlotte.

The whole thing is worth a read, if only for the unions’ increasingly euphemistic explanations of their absence from Charlotte: “This cycle, we’re focusing our resources on informing, organizing, and mobilizing our members and their families to reelect President Obama and progressive candidates at the state and federal level.”

Yeah, that’s the ticket. Many unions will still send representation to Charlotte (their non-union hotel accommodations await!), and the movement is of course committed to Obama’s reelection, but margins matter in elections. A labor movement that’s gone from “fired up” to “meh” thanks to the president’s attendance in Charlotte and his absence from Madison means the specter of marginally fewer phone calls, fewer door knocks, fewer ads. Four years ago, would you have expected to see this headline about labor unions the summer of Obama’s reelection fight? “Fed up with both parties, unions hold own party in Philadelphia”

And, North Carolina Democrats continue to oblige by making North Carolina as inhospitable as possible in the run-up to the convention, what with their least popular governor in the nation, sexual harassment scandals, slapstick legislative mishaps, old-fashioned corruption, and the recent reminder that they’re the ones who brought you John Edwards.


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First on a MKH article!

The Count on July 12, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Richard Trumka has told media outlets the AFL-CIO won’t be sponsoring events in Charlotte.

Guess Dick is taking his “army” elsewhere. Must have gotten tired waiting for orders.

GarandFan on July 12, 2012 at 2:49 PM

But they weren’t hurtles to lusty labor participation

Nit picky item: I’m pretty sure that you meant to say “hurdles”.

Physics Geek on July 12, 2012 at 2:49 PM

hurtles -> hurdles

Sorry.

JeremiahJohnson on July 12, 2012 at 2:50 PM

The entire state contingent of D ‘leaders’ (yes, I know about all their troubles) have stated that they’ll skip the convention.

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2012 at 2:50 PM

And now the DNC and Charlotte Powers That Be are looking to gouge street vendors who want to sell their wares in Uptown during the convention:

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/07/12/3378145/dnc-organizers-expand-opportunities.html

Ironically, they call this “expanding opportunities” — while pricing out pretty much everyone.

Between that and the massive restrictions on free speech and demonstrations during the DNC, Charlotte and the DNC are firmly guaranteeing that NO ONE is going to have fun at the DNC.

clayj on July 12, 2012 at 2:50 PM

We could solve this entire problem by suspending elections until the Democratic Party has complete control of everything.

NotCoach on July 12, 2012 at 2:50 PM

What a clusterfark…

OmahaConservative on July 12, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Does anyone know where the Greek columns are gonna be? I was betting on the NAACP gig but Vice President Biden is going there. I wanna find out if they will be Ionic or Doric this time.

IlikedAUH2O on July 12, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Correctamundo! Changing.

Mary Katharine Ham on July 12, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Romney/Walker, if he has even one steely gonad.

If he has two, then this man.

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Did not know MKH was a fellow Tar Heel. I am glad as a state we are helping o out.

traye on July 12, 2012 at 2:52 PM

We could solve this entire problem by suspending elections until the Democratic Party has complete control of everything.

NotCoach on July 12, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Good thing we never heard crazy talk like that coming out of any Democrat in North Carolina. Oh wait….

Doughboy on July 12, 2012 at 2:52 PM

I guess that the non-attending Unionistas are gonna have to hire the children, or non-Union people, to march in unison with red, Commie banners unfurled?

This must really be frustrating, for them.

OhEssYouCowboys on July 12, 2012 at 2:53 PM

The rally, financed in part by money from IBEW and other unions that would otherwise be going toward the Sept. 3 convention in Charlotte, will showcase a “second bill of rights” intended to refocus attention on middle-class concerns—jobs, living wages, energy, and educational opportunity.

Wow, a Saturday rally in Philadelphia in August. Other than the usual camera-carrying tourists, I wonder if anyone will take notice.

Occupy Philadelphia was a bust last summer (not that the Friday afternoon marches down Walnut Street weren’t a fun diversion to watch from an air-conditioned office.)

Wethal on July 12, 2012 at 2:53 PM

And, North Carolina Democrats continue to oblige by making North Carolina as inhospitable as possible in the run-up to the convention, what with their least popular governor in the nation, sexual harassment scandals, slapstick legislative mishaps, old-fashioned corruption, and the recent reminder that they’re the ones who brought you John Edwards.

What a great summary paragraph of all the Democrats’ problems in North Carolina. This little roundup alone makes the article worth it.

I am hoping a similar dynamic will prevail in WI this November.

Doomberg on July 12, 2012 at 2:53 PM

hurtle?
mmmmkay….the visual works anyway.

bettycooper on July 12, 2012 at 2:54 PM

My Brother is a member of the IBEW, and his union is on strike in New York.

Instead of trying to slip (legally) envelopes of cash to the Washington Escort Service (nee’ DNC), why don’t they use that money to help their members?

Yeah I know, rhetorical question…

BlaxPac on July 12, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Welcome Mary Katharine.
The union thugs will see to it bho gets his ‘fair/more than fair share’ to see he gets re-elected!

I think it really funny NC is hosting bho’s re-election. This was one major mistake and they don’t know how to stop this mess.
L

letget on July 12, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Does anyone know where the Greek columns are gonna be? I was betting on the NAACP gig but Vice President Biden is going there. I wanna find out if they will be Ionic or Doric this time.

IlikedAUH2O on July 12, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Because of the conventions financial woos I think they are going to downsize them a bit, but also make them more iconic at the same time. They will accomplish the above by attaching miniature Greek columns to a shoulder harness that Obama will wear from the start of the convention to the end. So wherever Obama goes he will have Greek columns jutting up from behind him. That way we are all constantly reminded of his grandiose splendor.

NotCoach on July 12, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Isn’t Barry losing in NC?

Philly on July 12, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Interesting. Instead of unions the Democratic Convention, they’re going to waste their money on a not-a-competing convention.

Keep wasting your money guys.

rbj on July 12, 2012 at 2:56 PM

And, North Carolina Democrats continue to oblige by making North Carolina as inhospitable as possible in the run-up to the convention, what with their least popular governor in the nation, sexual harassment scandals, slapstick legislative mishaps, old-fashioned corruption, and the recent reminder that they’re the ones who brought you John Edwards.

And don’t forget Governor Bev Perdue’s idiotic statement about suspending elections until Der Leader and the dems can get everything straightened out.

BacaDog on July 12, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Does anyone know where the Greek columns are gonna be? I was betting on the NAACP gig but Vice President Biden is going there. I wanna find out if they will be Ionic or Doric this time.

IlikedAUH2O on July 12, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Obama moved the acceptance speech to the outdoor Bank of America stadium so he could sell skybox seats to those eeeevil Wall Street bankers.

I keep hoping the Greek columns were made of biodegradable styrofoam. And the Good Lord, out of concern for the fire dangers in NC in late summer, sends several days of steady rain.

Wethal on July 12, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Evidently I can get popcorn here in Yorkshire, where I am visiting my daughter, so I’m good. Carry on, dems!

Bob's Kid on July 12, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Correctamundo! Changing.

Mary Katharine Ham on July 12, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Why? I thought you looked great in the outfit you’ve got on.

TXUS on July 12, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Richard Trumka has told media outlets the AFL-CIO won’t be sponsoring events in Charlotte.

Yeah right :P
The thug is just holding out for some goodies from Hussein.
He will 0bey .

burrata on July 12, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Great job, MKH, and great to have you here.

There is no way to square the circle of having a convention in a right-to-work state.

John the Libertarian on July 12, 2012 at 3:00 PM

There is a way for the Dem convention committee to save $$$, (which would be a novel concept for them). Shorten the convention further to say– 15 minutes, let Obama send a video acceptance speech (ala NAACP) and let those handful of Dems running for reelection who WILL be attending to vote quick and head home. Just sayin’

3dpuzzman on July 12, 2012 at 3:00 PM

So as to not embarrass any of the editors, write your corrections/tips to tips@hotair.com, or directly to their e-mails, if they are listed here.

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Why? I thought you looked great in the outfit you’ve got on.

TXUS on July 12, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Don’t open that door to a sordid mind like mine.

Welcome to HotAir, MKH.

OhEssYouCowboys on July 12, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Nothing but racism, straight up.

txhsmom on July 12, 2012 at 3:02 PM

3dpuzzman on July 12, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Light the hall with 55 gal. drums filled with burning oily rags and hand out cold cans of pork and beans. Don’t splurge for a big sound system. Use megaphones borrowed from the OWS pukes. The savings just go on and on.

swinia sutki on July 12, 2012 at 3:04 PM

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Schadenfreude on July 12, 2012 at 3:01 PM

You correctly spelled schadenfreude.

NotCoach on July 12, 2012 at 3:04 PM

So as to not embarrass any of the editors, write your corrections/tips to tips@hotair.com, or directly to their e-mails, if they are listed here.

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Couldn’t agree with you, more. But, I was embarrassed for the anals who just had to point out the HUGE mistake, or typo.

I thought, that’s one helluva way to accept MKH into the fold.

OhEssYouCowboys on July 12, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Welcome Mary Katharine.
The union thugs will see to it bho gets his ‘fair/more than fair share’ to see he gets re-elected!

I think it really funny NC is hosting bho’s re-election. This was one major mistake and they don’t know how to stop this mess.
L

letget on July 12, 2012 at 2:54 PM

I know that Saint Louis was in the running (it was all over the radio), but what was the option aside from Charlotte? I know there were 3 choices, but I forget the other one. Saint Louis was out because Obama is probably only going to win Saint Louis City (possibly Saint Louis County as well) and Jackson County (aka Kansas City) from Missouri.

MobileVideoEngineer on July 12, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Like TFGP’s presidency, their NC convention has been a fustercluck from the get-go.

Sorry that MKH and all the other North Carolinians here will have to endure these whackos being in your beautiful state (and city), even if for a few days.

TXUS on July 12, 2012 at 3:05 PM

I thought, that’s one helluva way to accept MKH into the fold.

OhEssYouCowboys on July 12, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Doesn’t matter how cute they are, they aren’t accepted until they are hazed properly.

NotCoach on July 12, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Unions are one of Obama’s strongest allies. They always punch above their weight.

Weebork on July 12, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Does anyone know where the Greek columns are gonna be? I was betting on the NAACP gig but Vice President Biden is going there. I wanna find out if they will be Ionic or Doric this time.

IlikedAUH2O on July 12, 2012 at 2:51 PM

I assume we’ll find them next to the teleprompter in the White House bedroom once the current occupants move out.

Ronnie on July 12, 2012 at 3:07 PM

You correctly spelled schadenfreude.

NotCoach on July 12, 2012 at 3:04 PM

But you didn’t :)

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2012 at 3:07 PM

3dpuzzman on July 12, 2012 at 3:00 PM

swinia sutki on July 12, 2012 at 3:04 PM

By all means save the trees and just have the delegates use “up twinkles” to vote for Barack.

txhsmom on July 12, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Doesn’t matter how cute they are, they aren’t accepted until they are hazed properly.

NotCoach on July 12, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Yer prolly right.

As per Animal House, after the hazing, I get to handle the swearing in:

Now, repeat after me, I … state your name …

OhEssYouCowboys on July 12, 2012 at 3:08 PM

My Brother is a member of the IBEW, and his union is on strike in New York.

Instead of trying to slip (legally) envelopes of cash to the Washington Escort Service (nee’ DNC), why don’t they use that money to help their members?

Yeah I know, rhetorical question…

BlaxPac on July 12, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Dollars to donuts, whatever “gains” his union gets from this strike do now outweigh his lost wages from the strike time. I have never understood why unions strike now that they are such a minority of the working demographics.

karenhasfreedom on July 12, 2012 at 3:11 PM

The entire state contingent of D ‘leaders’ (yes, I know about all their troubles) have stated that they’ll skip the convention.

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2012 at 2:50 PM

..are you serious? You mean the NC Dem potentates are not going? Linky-poo please!

The War Planner on July 12, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Obama moved the acceptance speech to the outdoor Bank of America stadium so he could sell skybox seats to those eeeevil Wall Street bankers.

I keep hoping the Greek columns were made of biodegradable styrofoam. And the Good Lord, out of concern for the fire dangers in NC in late summer, sends several days of steady rain.

Wethal on July 12, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Serious question here, will Obama be able to fill this stadium for his acceptance speech? Anyone have any insight to this possibility that maybe there will be a lot of empty seats?

karenhasfreedom on July 12, 2012 at 3:12 PM

So as to not embarrass any of the editors, write your corrections/tips to tips@hotair.com, or directly to their e-mails, if they are listed here.

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2012 at 3:01 PM

I agree completely, except for screw ups by AP who, last I checked, was incapable of embarrassment. ;-)

TXUS on July 12, 2012 at 3:14 PM

canceling an event at the Charlotte Motor Speedway

I was looking forward to a Legend car showdown involving Henry Waxman, Doobie Wasserman Shultz, Jeff Gordon and Maxine Waters.

Greek Fire on July 12, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Serious question here, will Obama be able to fill this stadium for his acceptance speech? Anyone have any insight to this possibility that maybe there will be a lot of empty seats?

karenhasfreedom on July 12, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Even if that was to happen, the apparatchiks would just retro-date an Obamuh memo to the faithful, expressing his desire that, in lieu of attending, they really must be out doing the people’s work, and getting out the vote.

Of course, this will all be verified when Opie tells the same thing to the press.

OhEssYouCowboys on July 12, 2012 at 3:18 PM

The War Planner, I’m mostly serious, except when I’m not :)

Here ya go.

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2012 at 3:19 PM

Serious question here, will Obama be able to fill this stadium for his acceptance speech? Anyone have any insight to this possibility that maybe there will be a lot of empty seats?

karenhasfreedom on July 12, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Perhaps there will be strict rules similar to those for C-SPAN. Cameras must stay focused on the speaker, and no panning the (empty) seats. And they can add an applause track like the laugh tracks in sitcoms to make it sound lik an enthusiastic crowd.

I expect the TV ratings for this whole event will be somewhere below summer reruns.

Wethal on July 12, 2012 at 3:20 PM

That’s another reason why they’re moving the convention to the local Shoney’s.

The Rogue Tomato on July 12, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Perhaps there will be strict rules similar to those for C-SPAN. Cameras must stay focused on the speaker, and no panning the (empty) seats. And they can add an applause track like the laugh tracks in sitcoms to make it sound lik an enthusiastic crowd.

I expect the TV ratings for this whole event will be somewhere below summer reruns.

Wethal on July 12, 2012 at 3:20 PM

They can always use the sound portion of a ’30s Nuremberg rally … with a few Heil deletions, of course.

OhEssYouCowboys on July 12, 2012 at 3:22 PM

IlikedAUH2O on July 12, 2012 at 2:51 PM

NotCoach on July 12, 2012 at 2:54 PM

I heard they were importing a life-sized copy of Stonehenge.

Fallon on July 12, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Dollars to donuts, whatever “gains” his union gets from this strike do now outweigh his lost wages from the strike time. I have never understood why unions strike now that they are such a minority of the working demographics.

karenhasfreedom on July 12, 2012 at 3:11 PM

For a private company, they beinifit pretty well, on par he works about the same average of hours i did (60+hrs a week), not including emereginces like weather, etc….so he would clock in about $10-15 more a year than i did (also worked private company)…Not to mention his 401k & stock match plan.

But unlike him, my industry doesn’t have Union bully-boys laying about, so that’s a plus…lol

BlaxPac on July 12, 2012 at 3:23 PM

So as to not embarrass any of the editors, write your corrections/tips to tips@hotair.com, or directly to their e-mails, if they are listed here. Schadenfreude on July 12, 2012 at 3:01 PM

So… Schadenfreude’s schadenfreude is highly selective, eh?

Akzed on July 12, 2012 at 3:24 PM

But you didn’t :)

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2012 at 3:07 PM

That is going to confuse the heII out of him. LOL! ; )

Bmore on July 12, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Akzed on July 12, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Can you please explain this. Thanks.

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Perhaps there will be strict rules similar to those for C-SPAN. Cameras must stay focused on the speaker, and no panning the (empty) seats.

In the iPhone age that doesn’t matter.

Uncledave on July 12, 2012 at 3:27 PM

That is going to confuse the heII out of him. LOL! ; )

Bmore on July 12, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Made the nom very happy :)

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Lovin me some MKH!

Psycotte on July 12, 2012 at 3:30 PM

We have to keep our eye on the ball. The unions are pulling some support from the national convention in order to put more money and muscle (literal and figurative) into the activities it deems more necessary. They will be hiring the thugs, the swarms of canvassers and the buses needed to move the voters (alive or dead) to swing the outcome their way. They know where their bread is buttered and they will do WHATEVER it takes to accomplish those ends. So do not be fooled by the tricks we are witnessing that says the unions are not engaged.

Pardonme on July 12, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Obooba will be giving his acceptance speech to four janitors sweeping up among seats full of sailboat fuel.

I pray to heaven that he doesn’t start a war to bolster his popularity before the election. No doubt we’d end up conquered given his reverse Midas’ touch.

Akzed on July 12, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Akzed on July 12, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Sept., with Iran…he’ll be on their side, though the pact is to make it look different at first, until he wins.

If you vote against a CiC at ‘war’ you’ll be a “racist”.

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Because of the conventions financial woos I think they are going to downsize them a bit, but also make them more iconic at the same time. They will accomplish the above by attaching miniature Greek columns to a shoulder harness that Obama will wear from the start of the convention to the end. So wherever Obama goes he will have Greek columns jutting up from behind him. That way we are all constantly reminded of his grandiose splendor.

NotCoach on July 12, 2012 at 2:54 PM

To save some of the money they don’t have wouldn’t it be cheaper to go with a Dollar Store beanie wired with a bobbing halo? Bonus – works well for the media fan-boi photos too!

Ogabe on July 12, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Akzed on July 12, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Can you please explain this. Thanks.

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Oh sheeesh. Given your chosen moniker, one might assume that anyone’s discomfiture would be pleasing to you. It’s party non-specific.

Forget it.

Akzed on July 12, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Sept., with Iran…he’ll be on their side, though the pact is to make it look different at first, until he wins.

That’s hard to fathom. “A house divided” and all. Where’d you get this?

If you vote against a CiC at ‘war’ you’ll be a “racist”. Schadenfreude on July 12, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Who will know how anyone votes?

Akzed on July 12, 2012 at 3:41 PM

In the iPhone age that doesn’t matter.

Uncledave on July 12, 2012 at 3:27 PM

I can’t imagine them trying this with a stadium (partly) full of people, but at his campaign events, Obama’s people have been confiscating all cellphones and recording devices.

The “bitter clingers with their guns and God” commment got out because someone was recording.

Wethal on July 12, 2012 at 3:42 PM

hurtles -> hurdles

Sorry.

JeremiahJohnson on July 12, 2012 at 2:50 PM

A hurdle is a piece of track and field equipment.

Hurtle is the pain a runner feels when his foot gets hung up on a hurdle and does a faceplant into the track.

And yes, I was a PITA in elementary school.

turfmann on July 12, 2012 at 3:44 PM

I can’t imagine them trying this with a stadium (partly) full of people,
Wethal on July 12, 2012 at 3:42 PM

It will be all in the Kamera angles.
:-)

VietVet_Dave on July 12, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Forget it.

Akzed on July 12, 2012 at 3:38 PM

No, please, I sincerely didn’t know what you were trying to convey to me. Please explain, in earnest. Thank you.

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Richard Trumka has told media outlets the AFL-CIO won’t be sponsoring events in Charlotte.

Guess Dick is taking his “army” elsewhere. Must have gotten tired waiting for orders.

GarandFan on July 12, 2012 at 2:49 PM

I’ll probably watch the democratic convention for comic value, so just as well I won’t have to look at the greedy pig Trumpka.

slickwillie2001 on July 12, 2012 at 3:49 PM

The stadium and the entire area surrounding it will be full.

Here’s a preview of what we’ll see.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHoVuFlrcjA

acyl72 on July 12, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Couldn’t agree with you, more. But, I was embarrassed for the anals who just had to point out the HUGE mistake, or typo.

I thought, that’s one helluva way to accept MKH into the fold.

OhEssYouCowboys on July 12, 2012 at 3:04 PM

She grew up on Durham, she’s probably very familiar with disappointment and embarrassment.

LoganSix on July 12, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Dood, it was an attempt at humor. Let it go.

Akzed on July 12, 2012 at 4:01 PM

I am looking forward to this convention more than I would ever have thought possible. It just gets better and better. My sister, who lives in Charlotte, told me everyone there thought they were going to make a ton of money from this convention. I told her that by the time it happens, it will probably be held in the conference room of a Motel 6.

Who wants to bet they cancel BOA Stadium and stiff the city?

Night Owl on July 12, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Dood, it was an attempt at humor. Let it go.

Akzed on July 12, 2012 at 4:01 PM

No worries, good one. I initially thought that I might be “selective” with the editors, because not all have e-mail addresses listed.

If you meant that I should always be schadenfreudig, by nom, but wasn’t, I understand your initial note. Sorry to be slow(er) today :)

Bigger fish to fry…as you know.

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2012 at 4:08 PM

And yes, I was a PITA in elementary school.

turfmann on July 12, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Actually, it’s nice to see some clean humor suitable for elementary school audiences.

WhatNot on July 12, 2012 at 4:09 PM

But the rally is certainly a distraction for union money the Charlotte convention needs. The convention committee has raised a paltry $10 million of its $36 million goal, and already shortened the Obama coronation to a three-day affair, canceling an event at the Charlotte Motor Speedway

…thank gawd! JugEars loves himself so much…the more money…the longer the lovefest! Can you imagine!…if they exceeded their goals…DAYS longer!… that nose would never come off the dome!

KOOLAID2 on July 12, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Mary. Katharine. Ham.

If that is your real name.

This … “post” thing seems to indicate that labor is attempting to distance and punish the democratic party a little. This is a physical impossibility, despite your flimsy “evidence” and “facts” and “words.”

Axe on July 12, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Does anyone know where the Greek columns are gonna be? I was betting on the NAACP gig but Vice President Biden is going there. I wanna find out if they will be Ionic or Doric this time.

IlikedAUH2O on July 12, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Budget woe’s won’t allow the columns this year so they will be renting Spinal tap’s Stonehenge.

flstc on July 12, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Budget woe’s won’t allow the columns this year so they will be renting Spinal tap’s Stonehenge.

flstc on July 12, 2012 at 4:20 PM

:)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Zdyo4vJuCU

Axe on July 12, 2012 at 4:23 PM

And the purpose of an expensive Philly convention would be…?

Rally the troops against a Wisconsin style movement in the next few years?

PattyJ on July 12, 2012 at 4:30 PM

I chortle at the hurtle

jake49 on July 12, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Correctamundo! Changing.

Mary Katharine Ham on July 12, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Just nice to know someone actually is paying attention to the commenters for a change, mistake or not.

Bmore on July 12, 2012 at 4:47 PM

They ain’t my brothers.

Lousy ‘rat voters. The lot of ‘em.

Lanceman on July 12, 2012 at 4:49 PM

I’m wondering how ads are going to work in the future.

I had a talk at work earlier this week with two friends; myself and one friend use NetFlix or Hulu Plus or comparable internet TV.

The third friend does not, and wasn’t sold on the concept.

When I said something like “Oh, and no ads… have the campaigns started running ads in Colorado yet? I haven’t seen any, but I don’t get ads anymore”.

Her next word was “SOLD”.

My only phone is a cellphone (if you’re not a friend or work, you get hung up on), I use adblock on the internet (and NoScript) and my TV run by a laptop using the internet without ads.

If I still had Satellite Radio I’d be almost 100% ad-free; and as little radio as I listen to I’m still close.

What good will a billion dollars do if people don’t listen?

gekkobear on July 12, 2012 at 4:50 PM

First on a MKH article!

The Count on July 12, 2012 at 2:46 PM

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I had to work today. : (

(Ding dang darn dang drat darn dang . . . . . .)

listens2glenn on July 12, 2012 at 5:02 PM

as reported by the Charlotte Observer

I hate to be nit picky, but the story is from the Raleigh NC paper not Charlotte. There is no way in hell the Observer would have printed a negative story about the convention. It’s all pink unicorns.

mike_NC9 on July 12, 2012 at 5:13 PM

I hate to be nit picky, but the story is from the Raleigh NC paper not Charlotte. There is no way in hell the Observer would have printed a negative story about the convention. It’s all pink unicorns.

mike_NC9 on July 12, 2012 at 5:13 PM

McClatchy owns both Observers.

LoganSix on July 12, 2012 at 5:46 PM

So as to not embarrass any of the editors, write your corrections/tips to tips@hotair.com, or directly to their e-mails, if they are listed here.

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Yeah, that doesn’t work. I have sent over a dozen emails to various addresses at hotair.com telling them that they (STILL!) have an outdated link for Gateway Pundit. Hasn’t changed, haven’t heard a word…

TASS71 on July 12, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Finally, a woman who can write coherently.
Welcome MKH!
Now, with corn on the rise, I’m going to need to take out a second mortgage to buy an allotment of popcorn for here on out to November.
I just hope both festivities descend into chaos with plenty of tear gas.

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on July 12, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Heard on the radio this morning that an OWS organizer was arrested in Charlotte in a car with weapons and photos of buildings in downtown Charlotte. Sadly interesting and worrisome. Would not want to be in Charlotte during the convention.

mil on July 12, 2012 at 9:54 PM