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It’s not 2008 anymore

Posted by Richard on September 4, 2012

Remember the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver? To accommodate the throngs who wanted to be there, they moved the grand finale to Invesco Field (now Sports Authority Field) at Mile High. A full house of 80,000 watched candidate Obama stand in front of the styrofoam Greek columns and accept his party’s nomination. Men cheered, women swooned, and children experienced The Rapture.

What a difference four dismal years make:

 Democrats are poised to avoid the danger of President Barack Obama accepting his party’s nomination before a partially-empty stadium by shifting his speech to an indoor arena and citing ‘severe weather’.

As officials prepare to open the Democratic convention this afternoon, there are strong indications that the speech will be moved to Time Warner Cable Arena, which has a capacity of just over 20,000.

The current Weather Underground forecast for Charlotte on Thursday is: ‘Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain. High of 93F with a heat index of 99F. Winds from the SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%.’

Democratic convention sources have indicated that the ‘contingency plan’ is at an advanced stage and that a move to the stadium appears certain.

‘It looks like a done deal to me,’ said one convention worker. ‘The decision’s apparently been taken and it’s just a matter of spinning it as being forced on us by the weather.’

I’m guessing it’s not yet a done deal. I’ll bet they’re moving heaven and earth to bus in enough students, teachers, and other union members to more or less fill Charlotte’s 74,000-seat Bank of American Stadium. We’ll see.

UPDATE (9/5/12): It’s a done deal. They’re going with the 20,000-seater. Even though Charlotte’s top meteorologist says Thursday night’s weather “will likely be the best weather of the week.”

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