Before the first night of the Democratic National Convention was over, I’d declared there was no lack of enthusiasm in Charlotte for President Obama and the Democratic Party. But I knew something was up upon my arrival in the Queen City four days earlier.
Like most journalists, I’d bought into the narrative that a majority of Obama’s base was disillusioned with him. Their lack of enthusiasm for him due to unmet, sky-high expectations and the prospects of a second term left many wondering if Charlotte would be a wake rather than a revival. Yet my first clue that the impending convention would be a roar of approval for the incumbent came as I was eating dinner on Aug. 31.
A nice lady came by to say hello and pay me a compliment. Always nice to hear in this age of mean tweets. What grabbed my attention was the Floridian’s revelation that in 2008 she was just a volunteer who “probably did donate $100 or $200.” Because “my circumstances have changed,” she arrived in Charlotte as a major donor. The pro-Obama super PAC, Priorities USA Action, has gotten a check from her. She also said she maxed out to Obama and the Democratic congressional campaign committees.
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