Kos reports on the 2008 DNC convention finalists:
Eleven cities want the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
Take the poll of which city you think should get the convention.
Update: As I suspected, the early votes show a brewing battle between Denver (part of a Democratic “Western strategy”), and the sentimental favorite — New Orleans.
Sorry… New Orleans?
I’m all for provocative choices. When the Republicans chose NYC in 2004 it was clearly meant to be a bold choice. I fully expected Bush to march down Broadway from Madison Square Garden and pull an American flag from the rubble at ground zero to cap off the evening. It worked. Having Giuliani there and referencing 9/11 a billion times almost certainly reinforced the War on Terror image in people’s minds.
I’d love to see the Dems make a provocative choice. And certainly one reason to choose New Orleans is to hammer home the idea of the Bush administration’s domestic policy incompetence (another, less cynical reason would be simply to pour much-needed convention money into the local economy!).
But New Orleans might be too much. Are you really going to pack the delegates into the SuperDome, and make them use the same restrooms that were piled high with human excrement for five awful days last September? Is that really the image the Democrats want to make?
I know, I know… “rebirth” and “renewal” and all. And who knows where NO will be by 2008 in terms of rebuilding. But right now, it seems like a choice that’s going to open up a lot of raw emotions and wounds that will ultimately distract from the inevitable nomination of Mark Warner (sorry… did I say that out loud?).
Cast my vote for Denver… or Phoenix. Go West, Donkey.