CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- An afternoon thunderstorm in downtown Charlotte gave Democrats some measure of comfort Thursday, validating organizers’ decision to bring the final night of the convention indoors.
But it also served to underscore the inherent gamble they were taking by attempting to hold the proceedings in the open air in the first place.
Four years ago, Denver proved to be a more hospitable setting for Barack Obama to deliver his acceptance speech outside. When his campaign team first explored the idea, they were so nervous about the possibility of rain that they asked the meteorologists union to study 100 years worth of conditions for the city on the day of the speech. The meteorologists found that, out of those 100 days, it had rained just once.
In “Audacity to Win,” his account of the 2008 campaign, David Plouffe recounts how Obama asked his team what could be done if rain did arrive. “Well, what if this is the one time?” Obama asked. “Can we look at the most detailed forecast that morning and decide to go back inside?”