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Hey, Clintons, why such bad Democratic convention seats for Arkansas? (+video)

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(Read caption) With the Democratic National Convention starting tomorrow, CBS News political director John Dickerson explains the party plans on using former President Bill Clinton to break through the bleak mood caused by the recession to excite the base.
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Why do the Arkansas delegates have such bad seats at the 2012 Democratic National Convention?

That’s the first question that came to mind Monday morning while we were perusing the seating map for Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C., the host city. Arkansas, the state that produced the last Democrat who won reelection to the White House,  doesn’t just have a bad location; the Arkansans have the worst seats in the place. They’re at the very back, in the middle of the arena, half-wedged behind a camera platform. Some of them might need periscopes to see the action at all.

OK, Arkansas is a red state now, likely to fall to GOP nominee Mitt Romney. Plus, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and her ex-presidential spouse haven’t lived there for years. But their current state, New York, is a blue leaner, big, and a crucial building block for any Democrat looking to put together an Electoral College victory. And New York’s seats are not fantastic. They’re right next to Arkansas in the back. Their only advantage is that they’re not behind the camera platform.

Is President Obama trying to send the Big Dog a subtle message? Illinois, Mr. Obama’s home, has the best front-and-center seats in the arena. Well, it’s easy to overthink this, so it’s probably just due to the fact that the Razorback delegation is a small group that hails from Romney territory. But still. We wouldn’t take the risk of maybe offending someone who’s giving a key speech. We’d at least have cleared it with him. (Of course, maybe Team Obama did.)

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