While the Republican National Committee is sailing smoothly along with plans to hold the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, the Democrats’ electoral bash in Charlotte, North Carolina is beset by internal struggles.
The only major conundrum Republicans face has more to do with Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and his city council deciding how close they want to allow protestors to the Tampa Convention Center where Republicans will coronate Mitt Romney. Buckhorn, a Democrat, will be forever judged by the way he manages security, convenience and services for Tampa’s biggest party.
On the other hand, union bosses upset with Democrat bosses who chose Charlotte for their convention have closed the union cash drawer because North Carolina is one of the least friendly states for unions in the country. In 2008, unions contributed $8 million to the Democrat National Convention in Denver.
Compounding bad Karma for the Democrats, the host state of North Carolina recently voted against same-sex marriage, an issue President Barack Obama enthusiastically endorsed after “evolving” in the eleventh hour of his campaign. North Carolina's vote against gay marriage resulted in more than 28,000 signing a petition to move the convention from Charlotte, a move political analysts agree won’t happen.
Meanwhile, polls and pundits agree that President Barack Obama is steadily losing ground in the Tarheel State. In addition, Democratic governor Bev Perdue is so unpopular she opted not to seek a second term. Worse, for Democrats, Republicans control the Legislature for the first time in over a century and the state Democratic Party is reeling because its executive director recently resigned over sexual harassment allegations and its embattled chairman is rejecting calls to step down.
If this weren’t enough to make Democrats squirm a bit, John Edwards’s former campaign trail sweetheart, Rielle Hunter, a Charlotte resident, has a tell-all book coming out and some say she plans to talk it up with media types during the big show.
Then there is the snag about Obama accepting the Democratic Party nomination Sept. 6 at the Bank of America Stadium, a facility named after an institution that received a $45 billion bailout - an irony not wasted on Republican publicists.
So how are Democrats spinning the Charlotte?
“As long as reporters are calling me and asking whether Obama can win North Carolina, he’s winning the presidential campaign — because if Romney has to fight for North Carolina, he’s in trouble,” said Democratic consultant Gary Pearce, who advised former North Carolina Gov. Jim Hunt.
However, claiming Obama wins if Romney has to fight for North Carolina is like saying Romney wins if Obama has to fight for Florida, Wisconsin, Ohio or any other close battleground state since most North Carolina polls have them even.