Months ago, when the DNC first booked its now ill-fated convention in Charlotte at Bank of American stadium, there were some questions raised about the propriety of holding a “populist” event featuring an endless string of speeches excoriating the evils of big banks, big business and Wall Street at a location named and sponsored by one of Wall Street’s biggest offenders and a primary target of the Occupy Wall Street movement, Bank of America.
Luckily, swift on the uptake as they are, the Democratic Party has finally gotten around to addressing the issue. Donna Brazile, who is apparently Al Gore’s press secretary now, sent out an invitation just a few days ago, wondering if any of the members of the DNC host committee would be interested in hanging around after the convention for a fun party…in Charlotte’s fabulous Panthers Stadium.
National Democrats have repeatedly touted their stand against taking corporate money for their convention in September, and so it was striking to see two emails from the DNC host committee referring to the Charlotte venue where President Obama will speak as “Panthers Stadium.”
It’s the place where the Panthers play, but it’s actually called Bank of America stadium.
A recent email from the host committee signed by former Al Gore campaign manager Donna Brazile urged people to win a trip to Charlotte for the event, which will wrap “Thursday night at Panthers Stadium with President Obama.”
The funny thing is, obviously, that by making such a show of changing the name – to something that the Charlotte stadium has never actually gone by - seems to draw more attention to the issue than it deflects. But, at least they got around to thinking about how their slowly-shortening party is being perceived by the masses as a metaphor.
So this leaves me with one big wonder, obviously. Just how are they going to get that sign down?