5 Ways Dems Could Ruin Their Own Convention

Bill Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, and Occupy: all possible hazards
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 3, 2012 1:30 PM CDT
A delegate shows off her President Barack Obama button in the convention hall before the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Monday, Sept. 3, 2012.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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(Newser) – The RNC ran into its share of snags—a hurricane, Clint Eastwood, frustrated Ron Paul supporters—but the Democratic convention has a few potential pitfalls too. Politico lists five:

  • Bill Clinton. He remains popular, but also has a slight case of foot-in-mouth disease—which Republicans will pounce on if given the chance. He's already implied support for a GOP plan on Bush tax cuts, and doesn't like taking talking points from Team Obama.
  • Elizabeth Warren. Can Dems trust the Massachusetts Senate candidate to glow in her debut on the national stage? Plus, she might aim for voters in her home state—and say something that doesn't play well in Middle America.
  • Occupy. Protesters will surely be on the streets, but what to do about them? A harsh crackdown would make the Democratic establishment appear insensitive.
  • Turnout. The Obama campaign kickoff at Ohio State University attracted 14,000 people—but that left 4,000 empty seats. Will the Dems do better in Charlotte, NC? Democrats are giving away tickets, which could open the floodgates to protesters or nasty hecklers.
See Politico's fifth DNC "landmine" here. (Read more Democratic National Convention stories.)

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