Top Democrats are fretting over the mile-high risks their party faces tonight in Denver when Barack Obama takes the stage at Invesco Field. Officials fear rock-star treatment, complete with Greek-inspired staging Republicans dubbed “Barackopolis,” could reinforce claims of an out-of-touch candidate. “It’s likely that the campaign would do it differently if it had to do it again,” one tells Politico.
“We already know he is a rock-star,” added Tennessee’s Democratic governor. “He needs to talk to people who haven’t made up their minds yet.” Obama’s aides said the concerns weren’t a surprise, but insisted that for the history-making speech, “a diner’s not an option.” Dennis Kucinich concurred: “Would you want to play the Super Bowl in a Little League park?”