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Good, Charlotte? Well, Not for One Guy

Charlie Cook is eating crow for dismissing Charlotte, N.C., as a 2012 Democratic convention site.


First Lady Michelle Obama may be looking forward to Charlotte's barbecue but, for political columnist Charlie Cook, the Democrats' choice of a convention city has conjured up a different dish.(National Journal photo illustration by Richard A. Bloom)

Hey, even the oracle of Delphi had the occasional off day.

Political prognosticator Charlie Cook is right about a lot of things, but when it came to guessing where Democrats would hold their 2012 presidential nominating convention – well, you decide:


“I’d be astonished if Charlotte were picked,” Cook told Jim Morrill when the Charlotte Observer’s ace political reporter called last year to get the odds on the hometown’s chances. “Not gonna happen.”

Oops. “We are thrilled to be bringing the convention to Charlotte,” first lady Michelle Obama wrote Democrats in an email today.

Maybe Cook is indirectly responsible for raising the level of the Queen City’s game. “Charlie Cook has given us pretty good billboard material,” Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx told the Observer after learning of the political columnist’s earlier diss. “One of my ambitions in this effort is to respond to Charlie.”


Our humbled forecaster complimented Charlotte today for proving him wrong -- and the good sport even donned a napkin and armed himself with a fork and knife to make his point.

The North Carolina city “should be very proud of being selected,” Cook said. ''Charlotte had to beat out some cities that started out with some big advantages.”

Aw, don’t worry Charlie. We hear that crow tastes just like chicken.

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