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Lessons Learned in Tampa and Charlotte

Gwen's Take

CHARLOTTE -- I am typing this while sitting in a darkened arena. From my vantage point high above the convention floor, thousands of happy Democrats are cheering a video collage of Barack Obama's campaign and Presidency. In this version of pro-Obama utopia, the hits fly by -- the misses not so much. We watch Sarah Palin dismiss the President's background as a community organizer, and immediately cut to video of then-candidate Obama brushing off his shoulder Jay Z-style and singing a little Al Green. Oh, and then he orders a hit on Osama bin Laden.

August 31, 2012

Weekly Show

Special Washington Week from Charlotte, North Carolina: Did Mitt Romney fulfill expectations at Republican National Convention? Plus what affect did Clint Eastwood's unscripted speech have? Also, we preview the Democratic National Convention. Joining Gwen:  Jeff Zeleny, New York Times; Karen Tumulty, Washington Post; Alexis Simendinger, Real Clear Politics; John Hardwood of CNBC / New York Times.

 

Five Things to Watch in Charlotte

Gwen's Take

Charlotte, N.C. — We dodged a hurricane, survived the gripping humidity and thrived for a week in the belly of the beast — a national political convention that one first time attendee Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc), said reminded him of a trade show.

So let's rinse and the repeat, this time in the Tar Heel State, where Democrats are already descending to renominate Barack Obama. The incumbent gets the privilege of the last word when it comes to scheduling events like these. So expect much of what you see here to be reactive.

Obama Camp Offers Tips on Access to Convention Speech

Essential Reads

Those eager to trek to Charlotte, N.C., to see President Obama as he accepts the Democratic nomination on Sept. 6 were invited by his campaign Thursday to sign up for pointers on how to get tickets.

Democrats Shorten Convention to Three Days

On The Radar

Votes in the South may be in doubt, President Obama and the Democratic National Committee decided, but his delegate support is not. So the president's September nominating convention in Charlotte will shrink to three days while Labor Day will become a telegenic "y'all come" festival in that city aimed at wooing Southern, white and NASCAR voters.
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