Politics: Prospect of empty seats, er, lightning, moves Obama speech indoors

Published by: Dan Calabrese on Wednesday September 5th, 2012

Dan Calabrese

By DAN CALABRESE - Call off the buses! Obama won't be speaking at Bank of America Stadium after all.

In fairness, let's acknowledge: This could be legit. The forecast on Thursday for Charlotte does call for thunderstorms, although that's mainly in the afternoon but some will move into the evening hours. Obama won't take the stage until well after 10 p.m. but it looks like they decided the safest thing to do was just to make the call now.

You don't hear a huge sigh of relief eminating from Charlotte, though, do you?

We'd heard reports for days that the Dems were scrambling to bus in people from anywhere they could find so as not to repeat the empty-seats phenomenon that stared them in the face when Obama made his re-election announcement in Columbus. Now they can call off the buses, and start explaining to thousands of people why they won't be able to get in after all because the convention hall only seats 20,000 rather than the 74,000 who can fill the football stadium.

This seemed like a Catch 22 from the start. Once Obama filled Denver's Mile High Stadium in 2008, they almost had to do the same thing again, lest they acknowledge that the gloss is off. But since everyone knows the gloss is very much off, gosh, it sure would help to have an excuse like the weather to just move the whole thing indoors.

I wonder if the the Democrats can get a refund on the columns this time. If I were the Greeks, I'd hang onto the money. They've been clinging to Democrat-on-steroids economic policies for decades and they need all the money they can get!