When the Democrats announced, early last year, that theyd hold their 46th quadrennial convention in Charlotte, it was a first for North Carolina no major-party convention had ever been held here and a testament to the rise of the metropolis just north of the South Carolina line.
Mainly, though, it was a measure of North Carolinas importance in current-day Electoral College arithmetic. Barack Obamas Democrats had pulled off a stunning, and stunningly narrow, victory here in 2008, and if they could duplicate it this Nov. 6, the presidents chances would be greatly enhanced.
Many Tar Heels, meanwhile, wondered how barbecue-challenged Charlotte would fare in the national spotlight.
While the weather was minimally cooperative hot and wet were the watchwords the convention went off without a hitch (albeit without a dramatic closing session outdoors). The reviews were positive, and the Democracy was fired up.
Will that enthusiasm generate another victory? Will the Queen City turn out to be a kingmaker? Stay tuned.