Concord Mayor Scott Padgett thanks convention organizers for kicking off the Democratic National Convention at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, back in January.

The Democratic National Convention is moving its Labor Day kickoff event , CarolinaFest, from Charlotte Motor Speedway, in Concord, to uptown Charlotte, closer to Time Warner Cable Arena.

CarolinaFest, as the Democrats called it, is supposed to be a celebration of North Carolina, Virginia and the South – places to where President Barack Obama is trying to reach, especially since he carried North Carolina and Virginia in 2008 with razor-thin majorities.

Why not have one of the convention parties at the race track?

After all, a good majority of the delegates will be staying at the hotels on Bruton Smith Boulevard anyway, and the speedway is very good at handling big parties.

But money, logistics and lack of media attention are changing the Democrats’ plans. It was a good thought, I suppose.

I also have to wonder if the idea of hanging out at the speedway is a bit too on the nose for out-of-town activists, reinforcing less-than-desirable Southern stereotypes.

This is, after all, the sport whose fan base booed Michelle Obama at Homestead, Fla. last year. NASCAR is a red sport, but if you’re going to have your convention in Charlotte, you have to acknowledge motorsports.

Now, as a native North Carolinian, I like the idea of my home state being a player on the national stage. In my lifetime, North Carolina has never felt so important.

Coming into a Southern state with a resurgent conservative base to try and keep a tenuous majority is a daunting task, but it’s looking like the Democrats aren’t up to the task.

CarolinaFest was a half-baked idea to begin with, a concession to labor unions who were unhappy with the DNC being held in a right-to-work state and beginning on Labor Day.

But it was a good idea to have it at the speedway, which is on the other side of the interstate from Concord Mills, the giant outlet mall which also happens to be the biggest tourist attraction in the state.

If Democrats wanted to reach out to blue-collar and middle-class voters, the speedway is the place to be.

With about two months to go, however, the DNC still hasn’t announced acts, venues or events for this CarolinaFest. Without a line-up, it’s going to be pretty hard to fill up uptown, much less the speedway.

Logistically, yes, it would be easier for CarolinaFest to be in uptown Charlotte, closer to the convention action. So why didn’t the Democrats do that to begin with?

As for the money issue, the Democrats are being a bit hypocritical anyway by banning corporate contributions for the DNC. The political parties are private organizations, whose members are public officials, who take corporate money all the time to get elected.

We all know it’s standard operating procedure for politicians, on both sides of aisle, to take corporate money and leave regular voters out in the cold, so why the charade of transparency?

If you’re going to throw a party, throw a party. Get the base fired up. National conventions aren’t the place to convince new voters, that’s what the ground game is for.

The hits just keep on coming for the disorganized Democrats, and I’m afraid North Carolina is going to be the loser in this whole deal.