I haven’t even mentioned the venue change yet. What a debacle. What’s obvious is that the president’s team and convention organizers overestimated their ability to fill an arena. What’s slightly bizarre is that they changed the president’s venue last-minute due to predictions that there might be some rain.
In Tampa, Republicans moved their convention around to accommodate a hurricane. In Charlotte, the Democrats panicked over a 30 percent chance of precipitation.
When Republicans poked fun at the switcheroo, one Obama campaign official said, “If we were worried about our crowd size, we certainly wouldn’t listen to Mitt Romney about how to build a crowd.”
Why’s that? Because the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City wasn’t one of the most watched, most financially successful Olympics in recent history? Oh wait.
Joe Kildea is a media and rapid response consultant with Rational 360. Previously, Joe was Managing Editor at The Daily Caller. On the campaign trail, Joe was war room manager for Bush-Cheney ’04 and rapid response director for Rick Scott for Governor. In government, Joe served in the Bush administration in the White House Press Office. A proud Hoya, Joe holds a B.S.B.A. and J.D. from Georgetown and is a native Washingtonian.