This year’s Democratic National Convention resulted in a modest (and temporary) polling bump for President Barack Obama in the national race, but in the convention’s host state of North Carolina, Obama lost ground in the polls and never got it back.
There was scandal surrounding this year’s convention in Charlotte even before the first session gaveled open. Democratic National Committee chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz pleaded ignorance after the committee fell far short of its fundraising goal for the convention, in spite of breaking a promise not to take donations from special interests. Later, the Charlotte Democratic committee had to fall on its own sword after a video produced by the committee proclaiming “government is the only thing we all belong to” was met with a predictable backlash.
These failures and fumbles may have served to underline the preexisting disarray of the Democratic party in North Carolina. Gov. Gov. Bev Purdue, a Democrat, decided not to seek reelection earlier this year amid plummeting approval ratings, while scandal has tainted the North Carolina Democratic Party’s executive director, Jay Parmley, and the party’s chairman, David Parker.