Although I’m not a big baseball fan, I have to admit that I loved the movie, “Field of Dreams” and it’s message – “If you build it they will come.” It was one of the most inspirational films I have seen – a man holding on to his dreams despite the perception by everyone around that he was out of his mind. I watched it again recently and thought I would borrow from it to entitle this post.
Well, as you have probably guessed this post is not about baseball. Rather it is about the Democratic National Convention this September to be held in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Dems couldn’t have picked a lovelier site for their big get together as the city is one of those which still retains a great deal of old world charm and history.
With today’s announcement today by Missouri Sen. Clair McCaskill that she finds herself “unable to attend” there are now apparently more seats available at the shindig. Several weeks ago the three top Democrats in West Virginia, Sen. Joe Manchin, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Rep. Nick Rahall all found that the convention conflicted with their schedules. And in Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional district, Rep. Mark Critz finds himself similarly pre-occupied.
I should note that these five elected officials happen to be involved in trying to get themselves re-elected. Some more insightful political commentators than I have suggested that they view “distancing” themselves from President Obama can only improve their chances in that effort.
Sen. McCaskill has some ethics issues of her own to deal with in that she billed the taxpayers for the private jets she hired to go here and there on official business. To her credit – she did repay the Treasury for these flights – after they were made public.
So my question is are these isolated instances or the beginning of a trend? Who knows?
Because of the exceptionally complicated formula that the Democratic Party has in determining the number of delegates a state will be awarded (this comes as no surprise to me) the actual number of people who will be seated is unknown at this time – but it might approach as many as 6,000. Surely, there will be more people checking the “Unable To Attend” box when they receive their invitation – and it would be a shame to let those seats go to waste.
So as a suggestion, I think the DNC should auction those seats off on eBay as a fundraiser. From friends and acquaintances who have been delegates to past conventions, I understand the food and booze is definitely over the top. And there is perhaps no nicer time of year in Charlotte than early September.
I would like to open the bidding at – well, let’s say three dollars.