Charlotte

Clinton, Obama, and the Triumph of Substance
September 06, 2012

As usual, Clinton talked for too long and in too much detail. It almost certainly worked.

How I Got Ejected From a Super PAC Reception
September 06, 2012

What I learned at a Democratic super PAC reception before being thrown out

Slouching Towards Charlotte: The Alienating Spectacle That is the Democratic Convention
September 05, 2012

CHARLOTTE—For me, who had never been to a convention until I arrived in Charlotte Monday night, and who had never been a straight political journalist until I felt compelled to act like one because I was suddenly surrounded by them, the problem of watching a speech from the convention floor, is the problem of the convention generally: With so much manufactured spectacle right up in your face, and so much interpretative press machinery grinding away loudly on every side, you don’t know where to look, or how to look, or even if you’re actually there at all.

How Obama’s Biggest Donors Get Their Goodies in Charlotte
September 05, 2012

"Two suite passes... Four honored guest passes... You can give it to them and say, 'I got you lounge passes.'"

Why Team Obama is Telling the Truth About the Weather
September 05, 2012

If Team Obama were lying about canceling the stadium speech because of weather, they'd seem a lot less unhappy than they do.

Wagging the Dog: Michelle Obama’s Soft Media Campaign Continues
September 05, 2012

It’s fine that Michelle Obama’s recent media spotlights show a more personal side of the First Lady, but she’s capable of much more.

Why is the Main Obamacare Event in Charlotte So Empty?
September 05, 2012

Obamacare got a strong defense from the podium on Tuesday. Will it get a strong defense from party faithful?

The Charlotte Letter: Alone Time with Ed Rendell
September 05, 2012

Chatting with Rendell on why Hillary will run in 2016, why Cory Booker is the biggest wuss in the party, and how he thinks CNN should be blown up.

The Different Ways That Republicans and Democrats Want to Divide America
September 05, 2012

The First Lady's speech had something in common with Julian Castro's: It was about driving the wedge between the rich and the middle class.

Why Did the DNC Move Obama’s Speech Inside: Weather or Low Turnout?
September 05, 2012

Obama blames possible bad weather for moving his big Charlotte speech indoor. Possible empty seats might have had something to do with it, too.

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