There is bound to be more behind this week’s UVa story. Methinks the Cavalier deniest too much. How can they display so much enthusiasm for retaining an ousted school president and then deny the One? No, there’s something amiss here and inquiring minds want to know.
The stated reason doesn’t make any sense. The first week on campus consists of settling in, changing classes and dorm rooms, attending welcome events that groups sponsor, resolving parking issues, etc. The initial days would have the least impact on productive class time.
Then we see Larry Sabato coming to the defense by tweeting out in professorial tone “Sorry, folks. #UVA made correct decision. Classes should not be cancelled for any political event. Bad precedent”. But wait; UVa canceled classes to watch Obama’s swearing in ceremony. Is not continuing the legacy even more important than starting it?
The excuse of canceling classes made no sense? Then I read that Obama was requesting venues like the McIntire Amphitheater. What is this? Have they forgotten their state of the art Scott stadium and other sport arenas? Who dares show such lack of faith in the One? Romney was man enough to hold a rally in a football stadium and in Detroit no less.
The stadium and other arenas are conveniently located in outlying residential sections, which won’t impact central campus traffic. The only requirement is to find 50K+ believers who want to vote solely on the basis of race again – should be easy in a college town.
No, I suspect that UVa did not want to be the host for a half-empty unenthusiastic event filled with Cville Democrat Party old timers and create another embarrassing PR blunder. Which leads us to ask, if Obama can’t get crowds on a college campus then what? He’s alienated most every other group. Maybe Kaine’s earlier rally at the Pavilion entrance in April was an indicator of receding student enthusiasm since the only students in attendance were either on stage or collecting signatures.
Face it, the marketing gloss is off this guy and the Great Bamboozle is coming to an end. But I could be wrong. The Pavilion is only a hop skip and jump from campus for students. We will be paying attention to the camera angles and use of the zoom and comparing this to the energy at Obama’s October 2007 event. Maybe Tim Kaine will make an appearance and reuse his “I Had a Feeling Speech”; although he’s probably saving that gem for the convention.