Was it a mistake for Democrats to pick North Carolina for their convention?
May 24th, 2012
04:00 PM ET

Was it a mistake for Democrats to pick North Carolina for their convention?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Right about now, Democrats are probably wishing they hadn't picked North Carolina as the site for this summer's convention.

When President Obama selected Charlotte, North Carolina, more than a year ago, it seemed like a smart way to double down on a state that propelled him to victory in 2008.

North Carolina hadn't gone to the Democrats since Jimmy Carter.

But things have gone downhill – fast – in the Tar Heel State for Democrats, and the list of problems seems endless.

For starters, North Carolina voters overwhelmingly approved a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage at the same time President Obama was saying he thinks it's a good idea.

Now gay rights activists want the convention moved out of North Carolina, practically impossible at this point.

Unemployment in North Carolina is 9.4%, far above the national average.

Plus, who dreamed this up? President Obama will give his convention speech in Bank of America Stadium. Perfect – not.

Then there are the unions, one of the Democrats' key voting blocs. They're angry and aren't in the mood to help fundraise.

That's because there are no unionized hotels in Charlotte. Also, North Carolina has the smallest proportion of union members and union membership in the country.

To top it all off, there are two sex scandals engulfing prominent North Carolina Democrats: the trial of former Sen. John Edwards and the ongoing investigation of the state party chair, David Parker.

The Obama political operation used to be better than this.

Here’s my question to you: Was it a mistake for Democrats to pick North Carolina for their convention?

Tune in to the Situation Room at 4pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.

And, we love to know where you’re writing from, so please include your city and state with your comment.

soundoff (89 Responses)
  1. Rick Martin, Charlottesville VA

    Only the strong are willing to go into a lion's den!

    May 24, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
  2. John from Alabama

    Jack: If, North Carolina is a battleground state, the answer is no. Charlotte is a great town, and it is in the heart of North Carolina. The largest banks call Charlotte, North Carolina home, like Bank of America. By having your convention in a battleground state the economy will get a boost that the locals will not forget. Voters get an economic lift, and recognition while the spotlight is on Charlotte, N.C.

    May 24, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
  3. Beth-Canada

    They knew N. Carolina is a conservative state when they chose it for their convention and I am sure their aim was to win them over. That might have happened had the President and Biden not come out in favour of same sex marriage but I'm afraid that may be too much for this bible belt state.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
  4. Julia, Fayetteville, NC

    Why don't you pick a subject to discuss that might have a chance at change? Why don't you ask the powers that be WHY they chose this state? You are asking the wrong people. None of us had a vote in where it would be held. Chose another subject.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
  5. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: No--–it is called "pulled pork."

    May 24, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
  6. Paul, Parry Sound, Ontario

    No, I think North Carolina, a state that vetoed same-sex marriage, was a shrewd choice for a party that supports such marriages.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
  7. jimmy in greenville nc

    Jack, I think maybe it was a bad choice for Team Obama. The luster has worn off that "Hope & Change" business and many North Carolinians are less than impressed with Obama. He should have gone to California or New York or some other liberal haven.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
  8. NurseLisa in CT

    No – any state would be good to host either party's convention. In light of current dialogue about NC voting, NC Pastor's viral video rant and the President's support for gay marriage, it seems like the perfect spot to highlight discrimination talking points, free speech vs. hate speech, separation of church and state. For a country founded to prevent government interference with freedom of religion, it is surprising that many feel it is religion's right to interfere with and to help pass laws against personal freedom.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  9. Steve

    Not at all! I invite the republicans to Chicago in 2016, both parties should say hello to "enemy territory" then the whole election wouldn't just center on 10 swing states.


    May 24, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
  10. margie,oklahoma

    no jack it really doesn't matter at all but i do hate to see money being spent there.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  11. j.torrey1@hotmail.com

    At the state level yes it is a misstake, most of this state want to have the republicans destroy this country. In Charollote, it is a good idea because in the metro centers the Democrats are the majority. I know because I have been here for the last 10 years.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
  12. Tony G.

    I believe it to be an epiphany. Last time I checked, organizations ought to go where they are needed the most. Not all NC folks are bigots, charlatans, or zealots. So the folks who use the brain inside the head on their shoulders could likely use the support. Take it from a person in South Florida, what feels like an intellectual island surrounded by the lords of the flies.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  13. Bill of New Mexico

    The convention mistake is not as bad as chosing to run Obama again for a second term.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
  14. Kimmy, Salisbury NC

    As you see I live in NC and I don't want any political convention in my area. Personally I believe that a party, any party, Democrat/Republican should choose a state where they are loved. We don't love Democrats..............................

    May 24, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
  15. Jayne in NH

    I wouldn't have voted for North Carolina, In fact, after what's been happening recently in that state, I've crossed it off my list for places to vacation or retire to. Too bad. The scenery is beautiful and I love the art pottery made there.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  16. Jenna Roseville CA

    Was it a mistake for Democrats to pick North Carolina for their convention?

    YES. They are not worthy of our dollars if they voted against the CIVIL RIGHTS of Gays.


    May 24, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  17. Gary in San Jose, California

    These kinds of common sense defying decisions lead me to believe that common sense isn't so common anymore.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  18. Ron WPAFB

    Jack, the could have held it on the Moon, it wouldn't matter, we all know the results already. Personally, I hear Cartagena is a party town!

    May 24, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
  19. Doug Ericson

    I really don't know except that it would have been bad timing for either party to hold their convention in NY City, LA, Oakland, or San Francisco. Why? Because the Police in those cities are the most brutal in the country right now, and there are going to be plenty of Occupy Protesters at the Conventions, marching around in circles, protesting anything from A to Z, whatever is on their minds that day. And the protestors have mutated into a more militant form. Gone are the trust fund hippies and fund raising hustlers from last falls original NYC, OWS beginnings. An Army of young Occupy militants is growing and coming to a big city near you sometime over the summer. Its possible that the Occupy protesters could end up in a scrum against crusaders with a Baptist bent in Charlotte.. If that happens my money is on the occupiers. They have been at this for a while now, and they are determined to have their voices heard. Not even 2 days after last weeks events in Chicago, a small group of protestors went on a march in NY City the other night. It got very tense very quick with a lot of pushing, and yelling, and arrest. I heard one of the protestors scream out a taunt, ( on livestream ), to one of the Police Officers, " Whats the matter are you rusty? " Stay tuned. Doug, Pepperell, MA.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
  20. Charles - San Antonio

    It was a good move. By holding their convention in North Carolina, the Democrats may convince some undecided voters in North Carolina to vote for President Obama. And that just may make a difference in that swing state. It would not make sence to have the convention in a state that was going to vote for the democrats regardless of where they held thier convention.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
  21. Mike in Minneapolis

    No. It will still be broadcast in America.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  22. Bobby E.Lahmon

    Hard to say but with politics almost anything can change the dynamics of the game at any given time I don't know if it's was a mistake or not but I seriously doubt that it was and accident.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
  23. Trish

    For cryin' out loud this is America! People can still go where they want including the Democrats. Can you imagine the blood-curdling wails if they did move their convention? If they truly stand for anything they'll proudly assemble in N Carolina and be exemplars of their beliefs and ideals.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
  24. ken from connecticut

    No. It's a good political decision because if it's a state that the democrats haven't won since Jimmy Cater there is nothing to lose only a state to gain. It's going to be a media circus there. And it's all free. And if it is done right, the Democrats just may win the state.

    May 24, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
  25. curtis in philadelphia

    Yes, they shouldn't have looked any farther than Pennsylvania, Ohio or Florida, the three states that will determine this election, but no one asked me till now, thanks for asking Jack.

    May 24, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
  26. Pete in Florida

    Obama's advisors have been so far off the mark so many times that, sadly, this comes as no surprise. Mr. President, you can't fix stupid – all you can do is fire them, and hire some folks that actually understand the political landscape.

    May 24, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
  27. Chris from Florida

    Symbolically, its going to turn out badly for the Democrats. If North Carolina hosts the convention in a state which just voted a change to its constitution because activitst Judges are tinkering with States' rights about marriage, and a state which may likely go Republican in the fall, may prove a bit of an embarassment for the Democrats.

    May 24, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
  28. Ken in Pinon Hills, California

    Probably Jack, it will be in the middle of summer in the south, and there will already be enough hot air.

    May 24, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  29. Jim, Denver CO

    As you said they picked the site a year ago, and had no idea all of the sideshows were going to take place. The real question is how will they best use the situation to go strong into November.

    May 24, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
  30. Nancy, Cunningham, TN

    Sounds like the perfect storm. Maybe a real hurricane will not be brewing when they have the convention. It's almost funny except that I want the Dems to try again in 2013 to get it right.

    May 24, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
  31. Popeye the Sailor Man

    Ummm, no more a mistake for the Democrats to pick NC than for the Republicans
    to pick Florida during prime hurricane season. Talk about a Big Wind!

    May 24, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
  32. Dave, Orlando, FL

    It wasn’t then, it is now. But it may well be, not only a really good idea, but may actually be possible to pull out now. He has nothing whatsoever to loose there. And given the state of the economy, I’m sure there are any number of venues that would kill to host a convention like this and will jump through any number of hoops to do so. Besides, in this small world, it really doesn’t matter where the physical event takes place, there will be ad nauseam, wall-to-wall TV coverage even if it is on Mars.

    May 24, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
  33. Paul in NC

    Jack, you should know better. There are a lot of intelligent, progressive people in my adopted home stste. But a Tea Party infested legislature, elected in 2010, slipped the marraige amendment onto the ballot tp appease their hard core religious right base. Being upstanding and forthright they put it on the primary ballot knowing full well that the contentious Republican race would bring out far more Republican voters than Democrats or Independents. The result is a wrong headed and poorly worded amendment that makes the Luddites look progressive. Having the convention here is the right thing to do because it confronts the wing nuts on their home turf. And when thoughtful, sensible voters come out in November the result will look a lot like 2008.

    May 24, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  34. jk in MN

    I wondered about the choice, but if the Democrats are going to try to appeal to Southern voters and eventually win them over, they had to choose a Southern State. Virginia may have been a better choice.

    May 24, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
  35. Augusto,Los Angeles

    Hi Jack, i enjoy reading your blogs. You don't hold any verbal punches back. I think it's a huge mistake for the Dem convention. This time around it could cost Obama his Presidency.

    May 24, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  36. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    Maybe you're right Jack. If I was the Democrats I would've held the convention in Massachusetts honoring the place where Romney was governor and Obama care was first born. I still can't understand why Romney hates a healthcare plan that he originally thought of and made happen in his state.

    May 24, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  37. Rich in Gainesville FL

    In short, no, it's not going to make any difference. For most voters, presidential elections are a kind of tribal ritual – we vote for our guy. Period. And they will. Then there are the independents. When they vote, it'll be many weeks after the convention and by then they'll have forgotten all about these things. Heck, by then they'll have even forgotten where the convention was in the first place.

    May 24, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  38. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    It would take me 3 seconds to move the convention. Actually, it won't matter as President Obama will lose in November and the American people better strap themselves in for major riots and crime like we've never seen before as Mr. Slash and Dash will cut, cut, cut and get us in more wars. You think we're in debt now, just wait.

    May 24, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
  39. Andre R. Newcomb

    No. They're in the U.S. also. What's surprising is that they have enough accommodations available. That's a rather large crowd that participates in this process. Landing a national convention in the political arena is a plum.

    May 24, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
  40. Greg in Arkansas

    Better question would be "Was it a mistake for North Carolina to accept the Democrats for their convention"
    With ALL that is WRONG with N.C., they can expect major protestors from many groups like the 99%, Wall Street Occupiers', Gay Rights, Immagration Reformers and Unions.
    The state will have to foot the bill for excessive security expenses, police overtime and clean-up.....bearing in mind that the Democrat attendees will probably NOT open their wallets and spend very many dollars in a State that is opposed to most everything they stand for....

    May 24, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
  41. pat in michigan

    Fur sure dude ! They should have picked San Francisco.Much more Democrat friendly for obvious reasons.

    May 24, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  42. Gigi Oregon

    It's the perfect state. It will help boost the economy. And being a member of a large southern church based in the south. We don't always agree with our churches politics (which has nearly taken over the reading of God's word on Sunday). So the list you think is worrisome is not a problem at all. If we can except adultery as a way of life in the church...when more about the evils of adultery are in the Bible than any sexual sin...and look, how we have embraced that sin. We the members do what we think is best in love which God has placed no limits on. Churches politics in 2000 led us down a road to fear, war, and death. Not to forget corporate American with bank and mortgage fraudulent loans and jobs shipped overseas for Capitalists profit. And you know how the south feels about cults. Not to worry Jack...it might just be the best thing Bank America has done in the last dozen years.

    May 24, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
  43. Mark in Topeka

    There may be a higher probability of demonstrations against certain elements of the Democratic platform than elsewhere. The Democrats are giving an economic boost to an area that is struggling with unemployment and that is positive. President Obama will be facing issues from his critics straight on and that is positive. Having the convention there will boost the morale of local Democrats, so that is positive. North Carolina is a beautiful place to officially begin the final stretch run of the campaign for Democrats. I think they are eager for the fall campaign.

    May 24, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  44. David Gerstenfeld

    Not just North Carolina Jack, but North America as well.
    David,Las vegas

    May 24, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  45. Thinkforyourself, OK

    The Democrats should really change their name to the SOCIALIST PARTY. There are no more Democrats.

    That said, their biggest mistake is ever having Obama as their nominee. Any way you look at it, Obama is a FAILURE.

    May 24, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  46. Micheal

    I like the fact that Obama's doing it in Charlotte, North Carolina. Better there than in my city.

    May 24, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  47. Ted

    Gay rights activists are now controlling Obama just like the unions are. They know they have the power over the president and will use it to try to get their way. When the president said marrage is not a man and woman union anymore, it was an opening of the flood gates for his gay friends and hollywood. The convention was only a way to get more votes from a swing state. I think the people of North Carolina will vote him out this time. Most of them know that he his just playing a political game with them. He is trying to play on both sides of the fence. The TALK will not work anymore,he has had 3 years to do the WALK. He has no one else to blame anymore.........I want him to explain how he could spend 6 TRILLION DOLLARS and the un-employment rate stll 8.5 percent I am sure he will bring this up in his convention speech,or will he say HE killed O B L again and everything is wonderful.

    May 24, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  48. MNResident

    You said, "The Obama political operation used to be better than this." WRONG! They just happened to be running against a Republican Party in 2008 that was worse then they were. Case in point: the 2008 Republican Convention in Minnesota, which hasn't gone Republican in a presidential race since McGovern in 1972. Now THAT was a waste of a convention location. The Democrats took Minnesota in 2008, and the Republicans may take North Carolina in 2012. But neither will affect the ultimate outcome of the races.

    May 24, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  49. calaurore9

    You're telling me! Dump Axelrod, and the whole crowd. Bring in Gergen, Begala, Carville. And lose the greek columns in North Carolina.

    Carol in Northampton, Ma

    May 24, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  50. Brando

    YES. Should've gone with OH. HUBRIS thy name is obama.

    May 24, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  51. Gary H. Boyd

    Absolutely Jack, absolutely. He's gonna lose North Carolina big time. A possible last minute change to downtown Detroit would probably not be a bad idea. Of course, that assumes Detroit still has a place to hold it and a few hotels still standing. It's a city that classically illustrates years of Democratic leadership.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    May 24, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  52. John

    When he chose nc, it was a good idea. Now, its a disaster. People here are frustrated and angry with the President, and the gay rights issue is increasingly polarized, typically towards against. Although i will vote for him again, I doubt many others will.

    May 24, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  53. Andy Sherman

    Jack, North Carolina is a mess right now. As a citizen of Raleigh I have had the opportunity to watch this state shift from the moderate left to the extreme right. That doesn't mean the DNC should give up hope. I remember skipping class my senior year of high school to gather with thousands of others to watch Obama give a speech in downtown Raleigh that shook the entire state. Having Obama return is something this state needs so he can provide hope for all the voters like me in our Tar Heel state.

    May 24, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  54. chris from NC

    Very brave, Mr. President. Very brave.

    May 24, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  55. Pete in Georgia

    They are pretending to be part of ALL America, from the corruption of Chicago to Tobacco Road.
    When you're delusional anything is possible.

    May 24, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  56. Martha Brooks

    Yeah. For all the reasons you mentioned plus North Carolina in AUGUST? Hot and humid and the speechifiers will make it windy as well. I think that National Conventions should only be held in cosmopolitan cities like New York, Minneapolis and San Francisco. Call me a snob...

    Martha, Rew, PA

    May 24, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  57. Jeff

    Hindsight is 20/20 vision. It was a great idea at the time. The convention will certainly funnel millions into the Charlotte economy and the buzz might actually help Obama in the long run.

    May 24, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  58. Tom Kerr

    Jack, keep in mind that 40% of North Carolinians voted AGAINST Ammendment 1, most of whom were in Charlotte. Charlotte is one of the most liberal cities in NC and is probably the most liberal in the South. As a native Charlottean and a lifelong Independant, I can tell you that Charlotte is the most modern and cosmopolitan city in the South and the only one capable of hosting a gathering the size of the DNC convention.

    P.S. – We don't like unions because we don't feel the need to pay people to speak for us. We are perfectly capable of standing up for ourselves. Afterall, we are a veritable hornet's nest of rebellion.

    Tom in Charlotte

    May 24, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  59. Jarret from Massachusetts

    North Carolina is a great place but somewhere like Ohio would have been a much better choice. I can see President Obama's reasoning for choosing NC but ther state is just generally too right-leaning. The Obama machine used to be smart, they won in 2008 because of their momentum and the anti-Bush sentements not because NC had suddenly ran to the left. If they had gone with Ohio President Obama could have touted the success of the auto-bailout in a state that has many autoworkers and held on to the easier-to-get swing state.

    May 24, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  60. Frank Poynton from Los Angeles

    It was not a mistake at all. There is no reason for second guessing the decision to have the convention in North Carolina. To your points; 1) As for the gay activists who want the site moved out of North Carolina, take a short look back at the history of the gay rights movement in this country and remember your slogan "We're here and we"re queer". So what is it now, you want to be who you are but don"t want to be in North Carolina? 2) Unemployment is an issue in every state so it's a moot point. 3) Like it or not Bank of America pays a hefty fee just to have the naming rights to the stadium, it's not their headquarters. 4) The union workforce in North Carolina, although small in numbers, appreciate having a voice in the Democratic party. Besides they will get a lot angrier if their rights are striped which is a Republican agenda. 5) President Obama could not have foreseen the scandals that are now brewing' when this site was selected. Speaking of scandalous, have you heard what a few Baptists Ministers really think about gays and lesbians and what should happen to them? WHO DO YOU THINK THEY ARE GOING TO VOTE FOR?

    May 24, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  61. Rosemary Leonard

    Jack – There are more folks here that support President Obama than the press thinks. Will he have a harder time winning this time? Yes. Our unemployment rate is higher than the national average and many people (particularly in the rural counties)are still hurting. But coming here is a good thing for our economy and his supporters.

    Rose Holden Beach NC

    May 24, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  62. Steve van Gorp, Las Vegas

    Move the Democratic Convention to Las Vegas ASAP: We welcome everyone! North Carolina has become a haven of hate for gays, women, free thinkers and lovers of liberty. Come West and free yourselves Democrats!

    May 24, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  63. Andy Kelley

    Maybe they should move it to that Babtist Church in Catawba County....that is if Obama's gay supporters can make it over the electric fence that the pastor wants to build. What the heck in goin on in North Carolina????

    Andy – NYC

    May 24, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  64. Richard A. Payne

    North Carolina was a big mistake and one Obama will live to regret big time! It is a state of haters! They love to hate especially gay people, Democrats, Unions and anything that is reasonable, logical and rational! It is a state filled with homophobic sexist racist bigots! It would be last after Utah, Idaho & Wyoming for me! I think America should boycott everything made in the state and send them a message that hate is NOT something most Americans approve of!

    May 24, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  65. Jennifer from Charlotte

    Charlotte is a the perfect place for the convention. While I agree that as a State we have been struggling with our identity, Charlotte is a welcoming multi-cultural and ever-evolving city. I hope that we use this opportunity to showcase everything we have to offer and that people will get to see the side of Charlotte I see everyday, which is very different from some of the recent headlines coming out of NC.

    May 24, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  66. leftyaaron

    It doesn't really matter where the convention is held. What matters is the media coverage. Other than a decent infusion to the local economy, most minds in North Carolina (and elsewhere) will likely already be made up only one month from the election.

    May 24, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  67. WR Jones

    The cost of holding the convention in North Carolina was right, but the unions don't like anyone taking advantage of cheaper alternatives, so I'd say it sends a poor signal to those groups in regard to loyalty.

    On the other hand it make little difference, President Obama will lose this election as badly, if not worse than Jimmy Carter did in the 70's, voters are now understanding what electing a lawyer to office, surrounded by lawyers who do nothing but spin webs and traps for their enemies in an effort to get reelected means for American, and we are sick of it. We don't have a President, we have a king.

    May 24, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  68. Fred

    Yes, Jack, it's a good idea. Perhaps the President will get to know some NASCAR owners as Mitt Romney apparently does. No drivers, no fans, just owners.

    South Carolina

    May 24, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  69. Jeff S. Louisville KY

    no it's not a mistake. The entire goal of a campaign/ convention is to gain votes in areas you were previously lacking. Obama is smart and so is the DNC. It's about time we had a leader who was not afraid of his convictions nor afraid to voice his opinions in places where they aren't very popular beliefs in the first place. That's why certain areas of the country trend the same way cycle after cycle. If we don't challenge the norms of certain geopolitical areas the people in them stay ill informed and instead of having free thinkers with informed opinions in poll booths we end up with sheep voting straight down party lines as opposed to what's in their hearts and in their best interest.

    May 24, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  70. lynn

    Jack throughout the bush years and throughout the President's first term. I have heard of multiple republiCON sex scandals but you didn't seem to interested in those so why are these in NC so important for you now?It doesn't matter where the convention is held because either you hate the President or you don't. Either you were planning on voting for him or you"re not? Either you love republicons and their policies or you don't. Either you are a one issue voter or you're not. Either you care about this country or you don't.

    As many of us have seen over the years for a lot of you republicons it's all about the money but,what many of you don't realize is that people aren't going to disappear because you don't like them and because you say pull yourselves up by your bootstraps when you don't have any. Remember this,If the masses aren't happy it doesn't matter how many millions you have you will never enjoy it because you will always be worried about someone trying to take it away. Jack it is not about the location of the convention it's about the people.

    May 24, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  71. Avery from California

    Is North Carolina perfect? No. But compared to two other finalists that the DNC was considering it's probably the best choice. Cities also considered were Minneapolis (home of the '08 Republican convention), St. Louis (in a state the president didn't win in '08 and probably won't win in 2012). If the party had to do it over again, I'd go with Cleveland–an important city in a crucial state where 1 in 8 jobs are linked to the auto industry.

    May 24, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  72. Rebecca Highstreet

    Browns, blacks, women and a few white guys – the democrats are a messy bunch. It's not about WHERE the convention is. The Democrates aren't perfect. But the Republicans (you know, that group also known as a few rich white guys who hate everybody who isn't just like them) are worse. Neat-nicks and all.

    May 24, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  73. RickFromDetroit

    I think the entire 2012 presidential campaign is a mistake since both candidates appear to be showing the American Public who is the worst candidate. Maybe we should draw straws in November, that would save us billions of dollars in campaign expenses.

    The big winner in November will be the TV Stations, Post Office, Radio Stations, and all of the supporting industries who will profit from the campaign spending!

    May 24, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  74. JB, Soldotna, AK

    No it wasn't, it's just another step in their totally disfunctional Hope & Change to believe in and shows that they really have no answers for any of the worlds or America's troubles, as we continue to sink into the pit of dispare. Iwas a Dumb Dem for Many years until i broke the yoke of stupidity that over flows in that party of Forced devotion, so this pick is a normal thing for Dumb Dems and Thank God i'm not one of them any longer. Hope this helps others.

    May 24, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  75. Henderson Trefzger

    As a resident of NC and of the county where that preacher delivered such hateful words, I am saddened by your unfair question. Shouldn't we instead be asking why NC voted in an anti gay constitutional amendment or why we aren't standing together against that preachers abhorant remarks? I would be proud to see the president come to our state and answer those questions at the convention. It might not be politically expediant but it is morally right. Henderson Trefzger, Hickory, NC

    May 24, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  76. Bob

    I live in Cary, NC, so appreciate the economic boost! I don't see how we propelled candidate Obama anywhere. We were the last state to officially report and he had his 270 long before then. Even then, my vote definitely counted here – it was a squeaker.

    May 24, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  77. Bobby O.

    I don’t think any where the president goes is a mistake. He is the the president! Every where he goes there will be supporters. I live in Oklahoma and Obama didn’t win a single county here but he still has supporters like me. How ever I’m going to have to say that having the convention at any place named after a bank is a mistake.


    May 24, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  78. anne cotton

    Jack, not to oversimplify my reaction; but, " Well, yaha". Alternately, "Well, daha", dependent on your level of sophistication. Anne Cotton, Fairhaven, Masssachusetts

    May 24, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  79. lynnej in nc

    It was a good choice to come to Carolina. Democrats, especially national candidates, have to be willing to come to the Bible Belt and speak their peace. Only then will the tide start turning in the South being a Republican stronghold since a lot of Northerners are moving back home down South.

    May 24, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  80. Lucas In Austin

    I dont think it was a mistake. There are still a lot of Democrats they may lean more conservative on social issues but they are still Democrats at heart.

    May 24, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  81. Loren, Chicago

    Not a mistake if you are a Republican. Just goes to show that President Obama does not walk on water.

    May 24, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  82. A Southern Lady - North Carolina

    When North Carolina voted to outlaw same-sex marriage it was, indeed, NOT our finest hour. It was a shameful act of discrimination against those who only wish to live their lives as they see fit and to have all the same rights of choice as everyone else. President Obama still has a chance of carrying the state in the November election as not all people living here are far-right Republican Southern Baptists who drove the fight for this admendment. President Obama is a good and decent man, has worked hard to get the county back on track after eight disasterous years of Bush and he deserves another term. As more people come to our state from other parts of the county, things will change for the better. President Obama has my vote.

    May 24, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  83. Steve, Clifton, Virginia

    If you are a tactical planner then it could appear to be a mistake to have selected North Carolina at the time it was chosen, but if you plan on a strategic level, which is what the Obama folks are doing, then we won't know if it was a mistake until after the election.

    May 24, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  84. AB

    In light of the recent developments concerning the same sex marriage issue and the sexual political scandals and the poor employment situation, I would say that it was a mistake for the DNC to choose North Carolina as the venue for its 2012 convention. The Democrats could have picked any other state for their convention, but unfortunately, they picked North Carolina. Rectiifying that mistake would be an even greater mistake electorily speaking, and would result in Obama losing North Carolina to Romney. He may very well lose the state any way in light of his position on same sex marriage. North Carolina is hostile to labor unions, gay people and progressive social policies. Therefore, I think that Obama and the Democrats should reconsider holding their convention in North Carolina and seek an alternative venue to hold their convention, a place that is union and gay friendly and supports progressive social policies.

    May 24, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  85. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    President Obama and the Democrats don't expect North Carolina to come to them so they must go to North Carolina and they should have a "whale" of a party. Americans don't want a Commander in Chief who throws a stone and then go into hiding like a coward.

    May 24, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  86. sarge

    Unfit for humans. When I drove through some years ago, this was probably the unfriendliest state...so I kept going.

    May 24, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  87. Cres from Florida

    Seems to me where any convention is held kinda comes under the category of "who cares" or "what difference
    does it make".

    May 24, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  88. Larry in Houston

    Was it a mistake for Democrats to pick North Carolina for their convention?
    Answer : YES – It's a Mistake – but it's too late to change the Location Now. You've got the John Edwards debacle – and You're right the Dems have not carried N.C. since Carter – ( Again, it was a Bad Idea) Axelrod & Plouffe must know that Obama is not going to "make it" for a 2nd Term. To be perfectly honest – anybody with half a brain can see that Obama is on his way to being a "one termer" and wasserman & cardona keeps pushing Obama's agenda, no matter how good or (mostly Bad) Ideas that come from the obama administration. The DNC has got their thumbs stuck up their rear ends, Jack, and they really don't care. I think they must be burnt out, from politicking, or something. LOL Otherwise they should have been thinking about putting SOMBODY ELSE IN THERE, (other than Obama) I mean , somebody who Can & Will WIN, not lose !! Too bad Hillary Clinton got defeated by Obama in 08. pitiful, just pitiful. It's pathetic. Oh well, I'm not worried about it, at this point in my life, I'm "out of the rat race" Jack.
    Vote for the Working Class People – Democrat 2012

    May 24, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  89. Greg Rockford, IL

    What? North Carolina is a right to work state and their unemployment rate is higher than the national average? I thought Republicans told us if we abolish unions and make every state a right to work state that will help the economy? It doesn't? Republicans are lying to us? Impossible.I hope you detect the sarcasm cause I'm laying it on pretty thick.

    May 24, 2012 at 4:53 pm |