Wednesday, September 5, 2012
The DNC Committee's announcement this morning that Obama's speech was being moved from Bank of America Stadium to Time Warner Cable Arena is what Obama's young supporters would call a buzzkill. Thousands had volunteered for Obama's campaign for hours, and thousands more stood in line for many hours, to secure a ticket to the stadium. Thanks for the effort, guys, but ... never mind.
The DNCC cited the potential for severe weather. Weather.com predicts the skies will be partly cloudy at 10 p.m. Thursday, with a 20 percent chance of rain. It's never higher than 30 percent from 4 p.m. on.
What did organizers think the chance of rain would be on a September evening in Charlotte when they decided to put the Obama event at the stadium in the first place? Zero?
It seems to be part of a pattern by the DNCC: Make big plans, then scale them back. First it was the Monday event at the Speedway being reeled in. Now this.
Republicans are speculating that organizers moved the event because they couldn't fill the stadium and didn't want the embarrassment of Obama talking to empty seats. Highly unlikely. Democratic officials say they gave out 65,000 credentials and had 19,000 more on a waiting list. They say they would have been turning people away, and there's no evidence they wouldn't have.
No, this isn't about lack of Democratic enthusiasm. But given this treatment, it might soon be.
- Taylor Batten
Photo: Work at Bank of America stadium was continuing Wednesday morning up to time that the speech was moved to Time Warner Cable Arena. Photo by MARK HAMES
Posted by The Observer Editorial Board at 11:32 AM