Democrats announced earlier today that they’d be holding their 2012 national convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. Apparently St. Louis was in the running to get the convention, but according to Dave Canatenese at Politico Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill campaigned against bringing the convention there saying it would certainly be targeted by protesters:
Ms. McCaskill, one of the president’s closest friends in the Senate, took her concerns directly to the White House, according to party leaders familiar with the selection process. She argued that her re-election could be complicated if the convention was held in St. Louis, because the Democratic gathering will almost certainly attract protesters and compete for fund-raising.
St. Louis has an extremely active tea party movement (in which blogger Jim Hoft is active), and McCaskill has been plagued by their protests for some time now.
If this is why Democrats moved their convention from St. Louis to Charlotte, it’s a real coup for the movement and its influence.
Democrats, if this account is accurate, are literally running scared.