Could the DNC be making North Carolina more red?

posted at 4:11 pm on August 6, 2012 by Mary Katharine Ham

Barack Obama won the state of North Carolina by 14,000 votes in 2008. His return in 2012 was supposed to be triumphant, a celebration of the swing of this formerly red state to the blue column. If his return is underwhelming, what was meant to solidify a new Democratic foothold in the South may actually undermine it.

The NY Post reports:

Top aides on President Obama’s re-election team are terrified that there will be scores of empty seats when he makes his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention, party insiders said.

Obama, once the biggest draw in politics, won’t likely attract crowds as large as those at the 2008 convention because voters have gone sour on the poor economy, insiders said.

“It’s always a concern about making sure there aren’t empty seats, but this is different,” said one Democratic official familiar with the convention plans.

“This is a different time than four years ago. It’s a different convention. And the president is viewed differently.”

Bank of America Stadium holds 73,000, and the campaign has already held one of its $5-donation drives for seats. Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver (formerly Invesco Field), where Obama gave his 2008 acceptance speech flanked by Greek columns, held 76,000.

But polling shows people aren’t as fired up this time around. High-profile Democrats and labor bosses are actively encouraging members of Congress and supporters to skip the three-day affair, which was a four-day affair until underwhelming fundraising and the fear of underwhelming crowds forced Dems to cancel a festival at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

And, as Democrats slink reluctantly into their convention, what was supposed to be a triumphant moment for the Tar Heel State may become an embarrassing misfire, no matter how much Democratic officials, including the mayor of Charlotte, try to play it cool. Charlotte is fast-growing but smaller and less well-known than many host cities, in a part of the country always anxious to prove that its cities are as ready for big events as any other (while usually being friendlier, safer, and more solvent, if you ask me, but I’m Southern). This is supposed to be the Queen City’s moment in the sun— the first time people learn Charlotte is even called the Queen City. What they’re shooting for is an Indianapolis-Super-Bowl scenario, where the event exceeds expectations and the entire country and snooty media are pleasantly surprised by Charlotte’s lovely people and beautiful weather. Are dismissive treatment by the Democratic Party and subsequently smallish crowds going to help with that goal? Especially compared to the party’s slobbering over Denver, this will not endear the state’s already skeptical voters. Check out the local coverage:

And, as I’ve written before, state Democrats aren’t doing much to make the state more hospitable, “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.”

The economy, plus the angst of local Democrats, plus the perception of public eye-poking by national Democrats may mean they’ll have to wait quite a while before they can make this red state blue again.

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Gay marriage for the Queen City?

faraway on August 6, 2012 at 4:13 PM

FYI, there are 35 Chick-Fil-A restaurants in Charlotte

faraway on August 6, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Four people could show up and the obamamedia would report “a record crowd.” It will be “a record crowd” no matter how many seats go empty. This is classic undersell ahead of a pre-written “record crowd” narrative.

Rational Thought on August 6, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Why worry? Stuff the seats in front of the camera, report a “record crowd” as Rational Thought suggests and no one will ever know the difference.

secant on August 6, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Due to a lower than anticipated turnout, the DNC will be held at the local Shoney’s.

The Rogue Tomato on August 6, 2012 at 4:18 PM

FYI, there are 35 Chick-Fil-A restaurants in Charlotte

faraway on August 6, 2012 at 4:16 PM

They would probably draw bigger crowds than the First Gay President (TM).

Steve Z on August 6, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Charlotte is called “The Queen City?” I thought that was Cincinnati.

arik1969 on August 6, 2012 at 4:19 PM

The ‘rats will tarp over entire sections of seats to make it seem as they were never available in the first place, for “security reasons” of course. Then they will announce a jam-packed, standing room only crowd was in attendance.

Bishop on August 6, 2012 at 4:20 PM

If his return is underwhelming, what was meant to solidify a new Democratic foothold in the South may actually undermine it.

Filed under: What Goes Around, Comes Around.

ted c on August 6, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Maybe they could borrow some military personnel from the UK.

antipc on August 6, 2012 at 4:22 PM

The governor will call out the National Guard and put their butts in the seats.

Akzed on August 6, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Charlotte is called “The Queen City?” I thought that was Cincinnati. arik1969 on August 6, 2012 at 4:19 PM

There are lotsa queens in the country.

Akzed on August 6, 2012 at 4:23 PM

35 Chick Fil A? You counting everyone in the state?

Kempermanx on August 6, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Yes, Charlotte is the Queen City, named for Charlotte, wife of King George III. Yes, that King George.

Anyway, no matter how many dozens of ‘crats show up, it will still be the largest number of people ever to see Obama at Bank of America stadium. It’s a record, guaranteed.

NeighborhoodCatLady on August 6, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Bank of America Stadium holds 73,000, and the campaign has already held one of its $5-donation drives for seats.

Maybe they can rope off one whole section in memoriam to all of those who went under the bus during this administration and just leave it empty.

/memories

ted c on August 6, 2012 at 4:24 PM

I realize that drama sells and I realize that blogs and news casters are in business to sell and make money. I realize that making this race look as if its going to go down to the wire is the way that blogs and news channels increase their traffic thus allowing them to make money off of their advertisers.

BUT why dont any of them ever mention the electoral college? Why dont they mention that Obama is projected to win in almost every respected electoral college map that their is.

Visit
http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/author/nate-silver/

Nate Silver correctly called 49 out of 50 states in 2008 and he currently gives Obama a 72% chance to win the electoral college again in 2012?

Why dont these facts get reported more often? Instead its just little random tid bits 10 times a day.

Politricks on August 6, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Obama will order the military into the seats as their Commander in Chief like the London Olympics.

tims472 on August 6, 2012 at 4:26 PM

I left that movie disgusted.
 
libfreeordie on July 30, 2012 at 10:43 AM

rogerb on August 6, 2012 at 4:26 PM

I will state this again, it’s not trivial…

Last election I would drive through the primarily black section of town, it was loaded with banners, yard signs, bumper stickers, it was like a carnival for Obama, it was every where, and it was “in your face”, literally parades of people (of a couple of dozen or so), once or twice a week walking down the sidewalks singing and carrying banners, and that was six months before the election, we stopped a tennis tournament I was in, as they paraded around the courts with their signs and singing, before it was formally announced he was the candidate. I have never seen anything like it, probably never will again…because…

Now I drive though, not one yard sign, the only bumper stickers are form the 08 election, no business banners, no banners, it is almost like there is no election at all…the difference is hard to imagine.

Images from 4 years ago, to now, and just a couple of months from election…the “hope” has disappeared.

You would have to have lived through it to fully comprehend the difference, but it is as dramatic difference as you could ever imagine.

right2bright on August 6, 2012 at 4:27 PM

The SEIU is going to go broke bussing in people to fill the seats.

PattyJ on August 6, 2012 at 4:27 PM

state Democrats aren’t doing much to make the state more hospitable, “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.”

REP Renee Ellmers beat that one old NC democratic curmudgeon who collared that kid on the street of DC and yelled “who ‘er you?” “whaddya want”?

ted c on August 6, 2012 at 4:27 PM

They can always show old pics from the Chinese Olympics, or the old Greek Columns type.

Schadenfreude on August 6, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Obama will order the military into the seats as their Commander in Chief like the London Olympics.

tims472 on August 6, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Thinking the same thing. The British Army can also send in what’s left of their army to fill the stands. What the heck else can they do now that the Argentinians can probably now kick their arses.

Rixon on August 6, 2012 at 4:28 PM

they’re the ones who brought you John Edwards

I laughed until I realized we brought the world LBJ, Sheila Jackson Lee, and Adam Duritz.

CorporatePiggy on August 6, 2012 at 4:28 PM

antipc on August 6, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Akzed on August 6, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Shoot. Great minds all thinking alike now. I guess we really are “mind-numbed robots”! :-)

tims472 on August 6, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Top aides on President Obama’s re-election team are terrified that there will be scores of empty seats when he makes his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention, party insiders said.

C’mon fellas, just think—that’s all that much more BBQ (I hear its good) for the rest of ya’ll.

ted c on August 6, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Look for thousands of identical purple t-shirts.

faraway on August 6, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Politricks on August 6, 2012 at 4:25 PM

The pollsters can’t count the undecided as Romney voters, but the vast majority of them will be Romney voters. Nobody has to learn more about Obama’s policies to make their decision. They know perfectly well what Obama’s policies are, and they’re not happy about them.

RBMN on August 6, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Bank of America Stadium holds 73,000

Wait, I thought that was now Panthers Stadium? The Democrats said so!

Red Cloud on August 6, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Top aides on President Obama’s re-election team are terrified that there will be scores of empty seats when he makes his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention, party insiders said.

Hot Air should be able to help the DNC. I’m sure that there are thousands of readers and commenters who could fill those seats and show Obama and the Democrats how we feel about their accomplishments over the past four years.

And when the “FOUR MORE YEARS!” chant begins, you can respond with “FOUR MORE MONTHS!”

aunursa on August 6, 2012 at 4:33 PM

“This is a different time than four years ago. It’s a different convention. And the president is viewed differently.”

Yeaj. More people now realize he’s nothing but a redistributionist marxist POS.

rayra on August 6, 2012 at 4:33 PM

BUT why dont any of them ever mention the electoral college? Why dont they mention that Obama is projected to win in almost every respected electoral college map that their is.

Visit
http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/author/nate-silver/

Nate Silver correctly called 49 out of 50 states in 2008 and he currently gives Obama a 72% chance to win the electoral college again in 2012?

Why dont these facts get reported more often? Instead its just little random tid bits 10 times a day.

Politricks on August 6, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Someone please help: is this poster right about the electoral college presumed projections vs. all the other polls? Obviously, you have to wait until the actual voting, but has anyone seen any reliable (i.e., not NYT) state by state polls where they correlate the state poll with the electoral college vote? Thanks.

JoAnn1965 on August 6, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Obama’s re-election team are terrified that there will be scores of empty seats when he makes his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention

They’ll pay people to fill seats. It’s the Obama way.

AZCoyote on August 6, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Wait, I thought that was now Panthers Stadium? The Democrats said so!

Red Cloud on August 6, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Black Panthers?

faraway on August 6, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Great weather in August? If you’re not in the mountains or by the ocean, there is no such thing as great summer weather in nc.

Chubbs65 on August 6, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Here’s an idea, DNC morons. Why not just move it back to the arena where the first three nights are going to be held, like a normal convention does it if you don’t want your coronation ceremony acceptance speech marred by a lack of caring?

Red Cloud on August 6, 2012 at 4:35 PM

IIRC, isn’t a pro football pre season game(Cowboys/someone) suppose to be about this date? What to watch, bho or football?

Our home won’t be watching this worthless slug or the whole mess, but it will be great to get the input here on HA how things went!
L

letget on August 6, 2012 at 4:36 PM

hey Pollitricks how’d Nate Pyrite do calling 2010 again?

Nate is assuming the voting population will be the anomalous ’08 election cycle and not closer to ’10…..

have fun storming the castle on that assumption fellas….

harlekwin15 on August 6, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Why dont they mention that Obama is projected to win in almost every respected electoral college map that their is.

It’s too soon to predict that. Your pal Nate just said no states previously red are going blue. and mitt and BO are neck and neck in several of the swing states that could go either way at this point. Mitt will also take IN and NC that BO won in 2008. Very fluid situation…stay tune and watch baby blue go pink.

gracie on August 6, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Charlotte is called “The Queen City?” I thought that was Cincinnati.

arik1969 on August 6, 2012 at 4:19 PM

The reason it is called the Queen City is it was named after the wife of King George III of England whose name was Charlotte. Simple isn’t it once you know the facts?

logicman_1998 on August 6, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Due to a lower than anticipated turnout, the DNC will be held at the local Shoney’s.

The Rogue Tomato on August 6, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Oh my! Those fake greek columns are going to look mighty strange at the one Shoney’s in Charlotte on I-85.

Happy Nomad on August 6, 2012 at 4:37 PM

How are they going to determine that all the attendees are Obamatons anyway? Aren’t they running a risk that a whole bunch of people in the crowd are going to be North Carolinians fed up with Barry’s BS?

Red Cloud on August 6, 2012 at 4:38 PM

If I win a raffle for a convention seat, can I boo? Can I bring my own banners? Oh my, such a possibility for on-air mischief!

Archivarix on August 6, 2012 at 4:38 PM

what was supposed to be a triumphant moment for the Tar Heel State may become an embarrassing misfire, no matter how much Democratic officials, including the mayor of Charlotte, try to play it cool.

I wonder what the going rate for houseplants is in Charlotte. If you start to see supplies disappearing, then you know that their doin’ their level best to fill them seats.

ted c on August 6, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Love the photo:

Welcome to North Carolina
Transylvania County

Don’t know if there are any vampires, but plenty of bloodsuckers!

topdog on August 6, 2012 at 4:40 PM

that’d really be a crying shame if the state where the Circle D gang held #EpicFail2012 goes fully red.

/

ted c on August 6, 2012 at 4:41 PM

And when the “FOUR MORE YEARS!” chant begins, you can respond with “FOUR MORE MONTHS!”

aunursa on August 6, 2012 at 4:33 PM

I’m laughing but this is the kind of thuggery that I will leave to the filthy supporters of Barak Obama. Just ask Harry Reid who complained about the stench of tourists.

Bottom line, compare the Tea Party rallies or the Chick-Fil-A protests with the Dem-funded occupy movement. Do we really want to use the Dem tactics?

Happy Nomad on August 6, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Transylvania is pretty Red. Bloodsuckers are in orange, durham, and wake county.

Chubbs65 on August 6, 2012 at 4:43 PM

They’ll pay people to fill seats. It’s the Obama way.
AZCoyote on August 6, 2012 at 4:34 PM

They could round up some Catawba Indians for a pow wow.

gracie on August 6, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Just 3 more months until the big landslide

faraway on August 6, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Maybe there will just be 4 days of “rain” at the convention, like when Biden spoke to an empty auditorium at NAACP.

JeremiahJohnson on August 6, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Chubbs65 on August 6, 2012 at 4:43 PM

I stand corrected!
:)

topdog on August 6, 2012 at 4:46 PM

IIRC, isn’t a pro football pre season game(Cowboys/someone) suppose to be about this date? What to watch, bho or football?

Almost. The NFL moved the season opener (Dallas – NY Giants) to Wednesday, September 5.

Bam-Bam’s acceptance speech will be Thursday, September 6.

But this does mean that Biden and other speakers on Wednesday night will get blanked. Essentially 1/3 of the Convention will be obliterated.

matthew8787 on August 6, 2012 at 4:51 PM

The gay marriage stance has undercut a lot of enthusiasm for him among my black friends here in NC.

Valiant on August 6, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Bank of America Stadium holds 73,000, and the campaign has already held one of its $5-donation drives for seats.

So, are people going to have to show ID to get these tickets?

Fallon on August 6, 2012 at 4:53 PM

I’m predicting ‘creative’ NBC footage editing…

burserker on August 6, 2012 at 4:56 PM

But this does mean that Biden and other speakers on Wednesday night will get blanked. Essentially 1/3 of the Convention will be obliterated.

matthew8787 on August 6, 2012 at 4:51 PM

It does not matter because it is all about giving glory to the One!

tims472 on August 6, 2012 at 4:58 PM

FOUR MORE MONTHS! FOUR MORE MONTHS! FOUR MORE MONTHS!

gracie on August 6, 2012 at 5:01 PM

I’m predicting ‘creative’ NBC footage editing…

burserker on August 6, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Probably use some stock footage of audience reaction shots from other previous events (lots of cheering and chanting). Don’t be surprised if the people in Bank of America…er, I mean Panther Stadium suddenly looks like Mile High Stadium from 2008.

tims472 on August 6, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Someone please help: is this poster right about the electoral college presumed projections vs. all the other polls? Obviously, you have to wait until the actual voting, but has anyone seen any reliable (i.e., not NYT) state by state polls where they correlate the state poll with the electoral college vote? Thanks.

JoAnn1965 on August 6, 2012 at 4:34 PM

I suspect Silver didn’t compile those winning states this far out in ’08. Give it some time. His %s change every couple of days. If it looks that way in the beginning of November then I will worry a bit.

Dawnsblood on August 6, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Maybe they’ll let all the OWS protesters in instead of making them stay outside. My sister lives in Charlotte, and she said everyone (business people) she talked to was expecting to make a mint off this event. People are angry about the fees being charged to local vendors outside the convention hall.

Night Owl on August 6, 2012 at 5:06 PM

“...Images from 4 years ago, to now, and just a couple of months from election…the “hope” has disappeared…”
right2bright on August 6, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Yes, 14% unemployment will do that.

Another Drew on August 6, 2012 at 5:08 PM

The DNC convention is going to be a RadicalPalooza of anti-American, anti-busisness, anti-freedom, pro-communism hate speech. This is likely to turn a lot of North Carolinian off and push them to the far right.

With obama, Joe ‘Barf-Bucket’ Biden, Wasserman-Shultz(?), Squaw Warren and B.J. Billy (and God only knows who else) headlining and a parade of losers, freaks, Bible-burners, gun-grabbers, global-warmingists , drug-addicts and trannies screaming “Death to racist, heterosexual, chicken-eaters!” and “Burn the Christians!” and “I’m the 99%, gimme, gimme, gimme!” and “Free abortion and birth control on demand for all ugly, greasy-haired, moustached women!” and “Save a baby polar bear, ride your bike and sh*t on the sidewalk!” and “Waterboard Sarah Palin”, etc., North Carolina may never vote for any democrat ever again!

Get ready North Carolina, it’s going to be an ugly, violent, scary, hilarious Circus from Hell!

Pork-Chop on August 6, 2012 at 5:09 PM

So, I don’t hear much about the most historic administration…evah…anymore.

Or was that ‘unprecedented’?

Pre-meditated?

Medicated?

BobMbx on August 6, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Bank of America Stadium holds 73,000, and the campaign has already held one of its $5-donation drives for seats.

Next, they’ll be offering free Chik-fil-A sandwiches during Bidens’ speech to try to fill up the first couple of rows.

BobMbx on August 6, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Could the DNC be making North Carolina more red?

It certainly isn’t the GOP Elitists, or Romney succeeding with that task.

DannoJyd on August 6, 2012 at 5:22 PM

I have been thrilled for over a year by the fact that they decided to hold their Dog and Donkey show here in NC. We have had a “D” state government with a storied history of corruption and incompetence. That includes resignation of a house speaker a few years ago who required eye exams for school kiddies. BTW, he is an optomologist and got payed money from his opto-buddies! We have a 1st term “D” governor who has been so dreadful that has been so bad, she isn’t even running for another term and a strong “R” named McRory (Charlotte’s hizonner, BTW) who is sure to be our next gov. What’s more, NC is a right to work state and that just grinds the gears of the union thugs. The cherry on top, is that the Donks can’t even bring themselves to call their venue BofA stadium by its right name, preferring to call it Panther’s park!

MJBrutus on August 6, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Dawnsblood on August 6, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Thank you.

JoAnn1965 on August 6, 2012 at 5:29 PM

DannoJyd on August 6, 2012 at 5:22 PM

I’m a RINO, he’s a RINO, she’s a RINO, they’re all RINOs,
Wouldn’t you like to be a RINO too?

MJBrutus on August 6, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Speaking of exciting the base:

In Tight Iowa Race, Romney Struggles to Excite G.O.P. Base

While I cannot speak about the happenings in Iowa, I know for certain that Mitt has done nothing to excite the voters in Lower Michigan, just as I predicted 2 months ago.

I wish I were wrong, but it remains apparent that Mitt refuses to run a strong campaign against our Socialist-n-Chief.

DannoJyd on August 6, 2012 at 5:29 PM

if there is an empty seat, stuff an empty suit in it to match the choomer. As long as there are no closeups by the cameras the fat-cat banker stadium will look full…while they’re at it, they can hang empty suits over the rails and from the ceilings so the place will look positively standing room only…

RedInMD on August 6, 2012 at 5:33 PM

I’m just glad it is isn’t in Raleigh.

LoganSix on August 6, 2012 at 5:33 PM

I realize that drama sells and I realize that blogs and news casters are in business to sell and make money. I realize that making this race look as if its going to go down to the wire is the way that blogs and news channels increase their traffic thus allowing them to make money off of their advertisers.

BUT why dont any of them ever mention the electoral college? Why dont they mention that Obama is projected to win in almost every respected electoral college map that their is.

Visit
http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/author/nate-silver/

Nate Silver correctly called 49 out of 50 states in 2008 and he currently gives Obama a 72% chance to win the electoral college again in 2012?

Why dont these facts get reported more often? Instead its just little random tid bits 10 times a day.

Politricks on August 6, 2012 at 4:25 PM

I like Silver and read him daily. He doesn’t have a clue what is coming in November. He is basing his data on 08 participation. Guarantee Romney wins.

Redford on August 6, 2012 at 5:36 PM

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Politricks on August 6, 2012 at 4:25 PM

for real? this is the NYT and you take it as gospel?

Try driving through parts of “flyover country”. Yeah, that’s right the same parts of the country experiencing the “summer of recovery”. Boarded up windows, closed shops and factorys, 15 year old cars/trucks. Looks like Detroit except no dead bodies and a pack of thugs coming up and robbing and raping you.

Count on 5-7% fraud including dead people, felons, illegal aliens and multiple voters but obama still loses both the popular vote and the electoral college.

acyl72 on August 6, 2012 at 5:38 PM

It could be that the embarrassment is too great with a 9.4% unemployment rate in NC.

http://www.bls.gov/web/laus/laumstrk.htm/

Ya think?!

Cody1991 on August 6, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Why dont these facts get reported more often?

Because opinions, projections, and NYT propaganda aren’t “facts”?

Also someone mentioned OWS. Whatever happened to them? Weren’t they expected to set up camps all over the place again this summer?

Mayday on August 6, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Wasn’t it a town in NC that wanted to remove all political designations of their local candidates since they were supposed to be no-party elections and Obama and his justice department sued to stop it? I believe it got overturned ultimately but it was an early indication of how they operate.

The claim was the people wouldn’t know who to vote for without a D behind their name.

DanMan on August 6, 2012 at 5:46 PM

In Tight Iowa Race, Romney Struggles to Excite G.O.P. Base

Again, NYT propaganda.

Mayday on August 6, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Quick, DNC! Cancel that order for American flags.

You know it’s a waste of money for your party. They’ll end up in the trash like they in Colorado.

http://hotair.com/archives/2008/09/06/the-recycled-flags-of-the-dncc/

Cody1991 on August 6, 2012 at 5:47 PM

How does this mesh with the “landslide” Obama win that we have been warned about?
LOL! Tell me another story poppa O.

Pecos on August 6, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Panthers are going to win the Super Bowl this year. You can run tell that, homeboy.

Mr. Wednesday Night on August 6, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Thinking about building a biz in NC–human figures manufactured out of cardboard.

hillsoftx on August 6, 2012 at 6:00 PM

will actually have to watch his speech (for about 5 minutes) to see the ‘huge’ crowds…

cmsinaz on August 6, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Wasn’t it a town in NC that wanted to remove all political designations of their local candidates since they were supposed to be no-party elections and Obama and his justice department sued to stop it?

DanMan on August 6, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Yes. It was Kinston. The voters voted for it, but Holder overruled the wishes of the voters.

LoganSix on August 6, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Why dont these facts get reported more often? Instead its just little random tid bits 10 times a day.

Politricks on August 6, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Do you think repeatedly pointing this out would suppress the vote as Axelrod is apparently hoping or inspire people to work harder? Do you wish to declare the election over because hundreds of millions of dollars in negative advertising has lowered Romney’s positives while not raising the presidents positives at all? The election is 92 days away and Romney probably has more potential for a shift in his support with his convention and debates introduction to the public than the known quantity of Obama. His VP pick has more chance for engendering enthusiasm than a reselection of Biden. This election is still up for grabs despite Nate Silver’s excellent analysis of where it stands today; today is not election day.

KW64 on August 6, 2012 at 6:17 PM

The only Queen City I recognize is Cincinnati, home of my Bengals.

Yes, there may be others, but Cinci is the best. Accept no substitutes.

knob on August 6, 2012 at 6:46 PM

I wish I were wrong, but it remains apparent that Mitt refuses to run a strong campaign against our Socialist-n-Chief.

DannoJyd on August 6, 2012 at 5:29 PM

One of the problems Romney has is that he is limited to spending primary funds until he gets the official nomination. So, he’s spending bank already depleted by the lengthy primary as opposed to Obama who didn’t have to defend.

After the convention, things will change. Romney is outraising Bambi by a fairly wide margin for the general election. Expect to start hearing the dems wail about a rich guy buying the election in spite of Bambi’s significant fund advantage over McCain in 2008.

BacaDog on August 6, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Fill the seats with crash test dummies.
Because BO is driving America off a cliff.

pastselldate on August 6, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Simple solution.

Offer the seats to the Dreamers and promise them a 12-pack of get out of jail free cards and a chance to share a taco with Eric Holder.

fogw on August 6, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Images from 4 years ago, to now, and just a couple of months from election…the “hope” has disappeared.
right2bright on August 6, 2012 at 4:27 PM

No hope, because there was no change. The only reason the Blacks have to vote for obama now is his skin color. False racial pride. And that’s a truly lousy reason to vote.

paul1149 on August 6, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Well Barry is all about ‘spreading the wealth’. I’d fill a seat for $60,000 – cash. I’d even pay my own way.

And I want the money UP FRONT!

GarandFan on August 6, 2012 at 9:15 PM

If there’s one thing the Parties know how to do it’s the “pass out the straw boaters and do balloon drops” sort of thing.

As noted above, a pliant media will choose their camera angles perfectly, the union buses will pour in, etc. So, on TV, it will all look really electric, energized and grand.

Of course, even though the staging will be as well planned, per the national media in Tampa, we’ll see every empty seat, every snoozing delegate, the camera shot-cut timing will often be just a little off, network talking heads will do their thing over major speeches, etc.

eeyore on August 7, 2012 at 12:56 AM

One of the problems Romney has is that he is limited to spending primary funds until he gets the official nomination. So, he’s spending bank already depleted by the lengthy primary as opposed to Obama who didn’t have to defend.

BacaDog on August 6, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Maybe. I’m still depressed by his missing out on the Chick-fil-A debacle:

Romney on Chick-fil-A: That’s not something that’s part of my campaign

Thus he misses the boat again by refusing to capitalize on an obvious opportunity to prove to Americans that he supports the Constitutional rights guarenteed to all Americans.

What is he paying his campaign staff for? So they will work to get him votes from the liberals with their Etch-a-Sketch promise? Sheesh!!!

DannoJyd on August 7, 2012 at 7:01 AM

All will be taken care of by the following:

CGI

Oh, and 3-D glasses will be handed out at the door.

sdbatboy on August 7, 2012 at 11:09 AM

I live just south of Charlotte in Rock Hill. All I can tell you is that it will still be 400 kinds of HOT and even more humid, even at the beginning of September.

serpentineshel on August 7, 2012 at 8:31 PM