Yesterday, Obama staged a rally at Cleveland State University. Unlike the 2008 era of hopenchange, Obama spoke to an auditorium that had thousands of empty seats. The New York Post notes that event organizers are making excuses for the poor attendance:
Shortly before his election two years ago, Obama drew a crowd of 80,000 in Cleveland.
Organizers of yesterday’s event tried to explain away the row after row of unoccupied seats by saying the president was competing with football, church and Halloween parties.
The RNC retorts — “So we’re clear, the event started at 3pm. Most church services were over, trick-or-treating hadn’t yet started and the Cleveland Browns had a bye week. There’s a simple truth, one the Democrats will do anything not to admit: voters just don’t like President Obama and his job-killing agenda.”
I would also add that the Democratic party in Cleveland is currently “at center of one of biggest local corruption cases in U.S. history,” so a lot of the people that would otherwise be involved in dragging to campaign rallies might be, uh, preoccupied. Not to mention that this doesn’t bode well for the party’s get out the vote operation in Ohio, where Democrats depend on a large Cleveland turnout.