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Obama will appear come rain, or shine.....

was the word Tuesday morning. According to campaign manager Jim Messina, Tuesday AM was the cut off point for switching to an indoor venue. The forecast then was 40% rain and today, it's still 40%.

But things have changed and Obama's acceptance speech has now been moved to a much smaller 20,000 seat indoor area because of the chance of rain. I suppose on one hand the move goes right along with Carneys statement a few weeks back that they are reducing crowd sizes intentionally, so that Obama can better connect with the people. However, it could very well be that the DNC is now certain that Obama cannot fill a 70,000 seat stadium anymore and they want to avoid the embarrassment of a bunch of empty seats.

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Another no-win for Obama with the loony right

If he moves the speech indoors, he's accused of not having enough support to fill the larger venue. If he doesn't move it indoors and it does in fact rain, he's accused of not caring about people's comfort or safety.

40% chance of rain sounds like good enough odds to play it safe and move to the indoor venue.

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40% chance of rain and peoples safety wasn't an issue....

on Tuesday morning when campaign manager Jim Messina said "Rain, or Shine" the show will go on at the BOA outside venue. He also said thatTuesday AM was the cut off point for switching venues.

I do not care where they choose to chant "Obama!" Personally, I think they are more worried about not filling the near 80,000 seat BOA facility with enough people and that would be terribly embarrassing for Obama. Crowd attendence has been down at previous rallies, too.

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Rain would have reduced the crowd

No question about that. The polls show that Obama is drawing plenty of interest though. Wink

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