Well, maybe not actually to Smallville, but the 2012 Democratic National Convention will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, roughly an hour or so from our little town.
Charlotte beat out St. Louis, Cleveland and Minneapolis in the bid to land the convention, which is expected to bring big bucks–some $150-$200 million–to the city. It will also provide a much needed economic boon to the city, in terms of new construction and other jobs for the next two years leading up to convention week.
So, a lot of folks wonder, why Charlotte?
Well, DNC Chairman Tim Kaine says that politics played a big role in the decision to bring the convention to Charlotte. He said Democrats plan to play offense in the South and they feel like choosing Charlotte moves them in the right direction.
And they’re hoping to build on Barack Obama’s success in North Carolina. In the 2008 presidential election, Obama beat Republican John McCain in 2008 by some 14,000, which put the state’s electoral votes in the Democratic column for the first time since 1976.
And we must build on that, in North and South Carolina.
Republicans, of course, have a different position on the whole thing. The North Carolina Republican Party chairman, Robin Hayes, welcomes Democrats to Charlotte for their national convention next year, but believes it won’t be enough for President Obama to again win the state’s 15 electoral votes.
Think again, Hayes.
Change is coming, and Charlotte will pave the way.