Former Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, Northern Cheyenne Tribe, told Indian Country Today that he was unable to make it to the Republican National Convention this year because schedulers of the event only gave him two days notice beforehand that they wanted him to attend.
RNC planners had wanted him to give a speech on tribal issues and to talk about the importance of the Indian vote. But Nighthorse Campbell was already scheduled to be at a business summit and other meetings.
"I just couldn't make it," Nighthorse Campbell said with a sigh. "I just had other commitments by that point in time."
For that matter, why didn't he contact the schedulers himself? This attitude that he had to wait for an invitation like a belle at a ball is ridiculous.
If it was important enough to Campbell, he would've found a way to be there. Period.
Which isn't to excuse the RNC's planners. Obviously, they should've invited Campbell weeks or months in advance. But these are the same people who projected an image of Walter Reed Middle School, not Walter Reed Army Medical Center, behind John McCain. They aren't the swiftest boats in the ocean.