DNC 2012: Still Kitschin'

Weigel
Reporting on Politics and Policy.
Sept. 2 2012 3:52 PM

DNC 2012: Still Kitschin'

CHARLOTTE -- The first difference I've spotted between this convention and the RNC is the ready availability of candidate kitsch. Real passion eludes Mitt Romney. He's like the median presidential candidate -- his base will vote for him, but not venerate him.

But the Cult of Obama staggers on. North Carolina is 21.5 percent black; Charlotte, 35 percent. In 2008, Obama won North Carolina by a scant 14,000 votes. He carried Mecklenberg County -- Charlotte and suburbs -- by 100,000. (That was up from a 12,000-vote margin here for the Kerry-Edwards ticket.) My plane into the city was chock-a-block with black delegates, and the streets near the convention zone are dotted with vendors selling for-us-by-us Obama merch. Below is James Hickman's "Keep the Dream" calendar, which I was offered by a man who identified himself as the maker's nephew and gave his name as "Red Storm."

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The optimistic January 2013 page:

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The sort of cryptic July 2013 page:

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The faithful August 2013 page:

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David Weigel is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics

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