Sin City one bidder for 2016 Republican convention

posted at 4:01 pm on January 25, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

It’s that time of the political cycle again, where the major parties make the final decision where to hold their presidential nominating conventions — and when.  Jazz already reviewed some of the primary rules changes made by the Republican National Committee for the 2016 cycle, but one in particular comes directly from the experience in 2012 of having the presumed nominee held captive to brutal attacks from a better-funded and unchallenged incumbent. Republicans will hold their convention about two months earlier than has been the case in recent cycles, with the earliest national convention since 1948:

The Republican National Committee took steps Thursday to change how it will pick its presidential candidate in 2016, the latest effort by the national party to tighten control over the primary calendar. The motivation behind the change is simple: it’s all about the money.

In the summer of 2012, Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign was cash-strapped as most of its resources were tied up until he officially became the GOP‘s nominee at the Republican National Convention, allowing the Obama campaign months to define him with a television blitz. The RNC, is looking to free up those general election dollars sooner by moving the 2016 convention to late June or mid-July.

Last cycle, Mitt Romney ran low on primary funds, which made him a sitting duck for Team Obama all summer long. Outside PACs attempted to fill the gap, but after serving as a punching bag for two months, Romney started off the general-election campaign at a large disadvantage. In 2016, there will be no incumbents, but the GOP is worried that a quick Hillary Clinton coronation could leave them in the same position if the Republican primaries force its eventual nominee to spend all of his or her primary cash before the convention. It’s a smart move in that respect, although it does have the potential to slow the momentum from the convention over the summer months, and leaves the Democrats the last word before the season kicks into high gear after Labor Day.

Now the question is where to hold the convention. NPR and other sources say Las Vegas has become one of the leading candidates:

Every four years a handful of cities battle to host the big nominating conventions for the major political parties. The competition for 2016 has already begun, with a surprising and aggressive player making a bid for the Republican National Convention: Las Vegas.

Certainly it’s a place that knows how to host a big convention, but for the GOP to give Vegas the nod, the party will have to look past the city’s well-earned reputation as “Sin City.”

The Las Vegas 2016 committee is eager to change the idea that the city is not a place a political party wants to be associated with.

In a video, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval makes a political case for the city.

“Nevadans have come from everywhere and found success in coming together. We are stronger because of our vibrant Hispanic, African-American and Asian communities. Our party can and must appeal to everyone,” Sandoval said.

Here is Sandoval’s personal invitation to the GOP:

The city’s bidding team has its own website up, Las Vegas 2016, with another video, “Las Vegas is Ready”:

The two videos and their decidedly antiseptic view of Sin City amused my friend Jon Ralston, a savvy Nevada political analyst:

No doubt, Las Vegas knows how to handle big events. It’s also a place that advertises with the now-notorious slogan, “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” — except it won’t when it comes to a political convention. Other cities have plenty of opportunities to create public-relations and legal trouble for Republican delegates and officials, but no other city is so well designed for that purpose, or has the concentration of potential trouble that Las Vegas does. (In every other effort to attract tourists, the city practically makes than an explicit sales pitch.) On the plus side, we have an opportunity to stick a thumb in Harry Reid’s eye and partner up with Sheldon Adelson, a big GOP donor who’s taken a beating for his activism over the last few years.

The other bidders make a little more sense. Even though Democrats did Denver in 2008, Republicans might want to consider the city now in an effort to turn the once-reddish state back in the GOP direction. It has more electoral votes than Nevada, too, although in 2008 Denver had some significant capacity issues. The hold-the-line argument can be made for Columbus, Ohio and Kansas City, Missouri, two purple states that the GOP has to win in 2016. Phoenix could be a dark-horse contender, close enough to the interior West states to build excitement for Republicans in Colorado and Nevada without the potential pitfalls of those two venues. I used to live in Phoenix and still have family there. Arizona should be safely Republican, though, and that may turn off those who want to use the convention to stake out new turf (or pull disputed turf back in the fold), although Politico notes that Phoenix would be a good platform to woo the Hispanic vote.

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The GOP should say no to any sanctuary city–and publicly announce it.

BuckeyeSam on January 25, 2014 at 4:04 PM

At least we wouldn’t have to worry about hurricanes or tropical storms.

bluegill on January 25, 2014 at 4:05 PM

They Pass amnesty Ed I am gonna vote “Phone Booth”…

Why on God’s green Earth is the GOP wanting to enrich Harry Reid’s Piggy Bank?

harlekwin15 on January 25, 2014 at 4:05 PM

The GOP should say no to any sanctuary city–and publicly announce it.

BuckeyeSam on January 25, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Dude the GOP is about to make America a sanctuary city…

The minute they pass ANY immigration bill Reid passes it Obama signs it and then issues a Royal Proclamation that grants Amnesty and Citizenship.

I’d bet my baby shoe money on it.

harlekwin15 on January 25, 2014 at 4:07 PM

They Pass amnesty Ed I am gonna vote “Phone Booth”…
Why on God’s green Earth is the GOP wanting to enrich Harry Reid’s Piggy Bank?
harlekwin15 on January 25, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Agreed.

bluegill on January 25, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Agreed.

bluegill on January 25, 2014 at 4:07 PM

It’s surreal…I hope the money they are getting from the Chamber of Commerce is good because they do hinting they are doing I am cutting a 1200 dollar check to Hillary! as a “f*** you”

If we’re gonna go ‘tard let’s go full ‘tard

harlekwin15 on January 25, 2014 at 4:09 PM

I’m surprised they aren’t considering Tijuana.

Mark1971 on January 25, 2014 at 4:11 PM

How about Detroit?

Pork-Chop on January 25, 2014 at 4:13 PM

How about Detroit?

Pork-Chop on January 25, 2014 at 4:13 PM

That would be brilliant…

which is why they won’t do it.

harlekwin15 on January 25, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Hershey would be a good choice. Or maybe Milwaukee.

forest on January 25, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Gitmo

kcewa on January 25, 2014 at 4:13 PM

I’m surprised they aren’t considering Tijuana.

Mark1971 on January 25, 2014 at 4:11 PM

or Havana

harlekwin15 on January 25, 2014 at 4:14 PM

I heard rumors of Chicago, just to mess with Obama.

Like the Olympics, this appears to be a no-go, eh?

*sad face*

Fallon on January 25, 2014 at 4:15 PM

How about Detroit?

Pork-Chop on January 25, 2014 at 4:13 PM

That would be a smart move, but apparently the city isn’t bidding for it.

Ed Morrissey on January 25, 2014 at 4:15 PM

On the one hand, they’ve the facilities and are very economical.

On the other hand, this is a political engagement and choosing Vegas sends a message that we might not want to send. Furthermore, Vegas is not a republican city. Nevada is blue. Its Harry Reid’s state.

We can find something that is logistically acceptable AND politically acceptable.

Karmashock on January 25, 2014 at 4:17 PM

As Republican National Committee members descended on Washington this week for its winter meeting, delegations from a handful of cities aggressively worked to woo the GOP leaders as they begin the process of picking their 2016 convention city.

“It’s sort of a love-fest,” said Montana GOP Chairman Will Deschamps. “As voters within the RNC, we get lots of swag.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/01/2016-republican-national-convention-city-102590.html#ixzz2rRnYSyHK

SMH

kcewa on January 25, 2014 at 4:19 PM

That would be a smart move, but apparently the city isn’t bidding for it.

Ed Morrissey on January 25, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Why require a bid at all?

GO…book it and pay.

Rub their nose in it and the national Democrat TRAGEDY Detroit embodies?

Nah let’s not force the media to spin Sinkhole City let’s go to Harry Reid’s Piggy Bank and get busted for Drunken Disorderlies and chasing Horizontal Recreational Refreshment Agents in enemy territory providing free blackmail material to Reid.

If the RNC is the answer since Lee Atwater it’s been stupid questions.

harlekwin15 on January 25, 2014 at 4:19 PM

They might as well stay in DC for the convention and stop the charade that they care what any of us think out here in flyover…

Meh.

Fallon on January 25, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Put it in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio has more electoral votes, and is more likely to swing back to the GOP than Nevada.

Stoic Patriot on January 25, 2014 at 4:22 PM

Why on God’s green Earth is the GOP wanting to enrich Harry Reid’s Piggy Bank?

harlekwin15 on January 25, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Right.

Why reward the casino unions that were bussing every member off to the polls (no doubt with an “info” sheet on the benefits to voting Dem) in 2012? The unions and the mob keep Reid in office – let the Dems hold their convention in Vegas. I’m sure it’s lovely in late August.

Wethal on January 25, 2014 at 4:23 PM

harlekwin15 on January 25, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Having been in a host city for one of these events, I can tell you that it takes a huge amount of public resources — for security, traffic, and so on, and especially on public funds. You can’t just drop in on a city that’s not prepared for it, and especially not one whose core services are as dysfunctional as Detroit’s.

Ed Morrissey on January 25, 2014 at 4:23 PM

The Columbus mayor wants it.

CWchangedhisNicagain on January 25, 2014 at 4:23 PM

The city’s convention slogan: “Rise of the Republicans: Phoenix 2016.”

LOL

Okay, I’d like to change my vote to Phoenix.

Fallon on January 25, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Put it in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio has more electoral votes, and is more likely to swing back to the GOP than Nevada.

Stoic Patriot on January 25, 2014 at 4:22 PM

Not if Amigo Grande! passes….

I’m an Ohioan my blue collar GOP relatives are in a rage at amnesty.

You think some residuals from a party in solid Donk Columbus is gonna make the Ohio GOP and Indy swayables thrilled?

“heh”

harlekwin15 on January 25, 2014 at 4:25 PM

It needs to be a swing state. Colorado is more reddish purple since the last election with the gun control recall elections.
More libertarian with the decriminalization of weed.
Denver is the best choice.

BedBug on January 25, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Last cycle, Mitt Romney ran low on primary funds, which made him a sitting duck for Team Obama all summer long.

He cold have spent his own millions; the law doesn’t forbid that.

He was too cheap, and his campaign manager Stu Stevens kept telling him no one watched television in the summer, anyway.

Wethal on January 25, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Columbus. It’s not the most exciting place (except for Ohio State football home games) but it’s time to focus on getting Ohio red again at the Presidential level.

Bitter Clinger on January 25, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Agree with above… why support Reid’s state… Cripe

Y’all come down to sunny Phx :)

cmsinaz on January 25, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Phoenix? Reward a state that re-elects McCain every time?

Wethal on January 25, 2014 at 4:27 PM

ATL

Bmore on January 25, 2014 at 4:28 PM

Having been in a host city for one of these events, I can tell you that it takes a huge amount of public resources — for security, traffic, and so on, and especially on public funds. You can’t just drop in on a city that’s not prepared for it, and especially not one whose core services are as dysfunctional as Detroit’s.

Ed Morrissey on January 25, 2014 at 4:23 PM

Correct Ed, but that is WHY even if they won’t cave you get the PR from LOUDLY lobbying Detroit to host.

You stress in their papers or run ads in Detroit explaining “there’s about 20 million easy money minimum just on dinner and tips for the city Detroit.”

See Ed I skipped the RNC in ’12 despite being invoted because I am in a very cranky mood b/c of the supine nature of the GOP the last 5 years.

Lee Atwater rest his soul understood along with Jack Kemp that you have to SHAME the Democrat machines in the cities and go like Daniel into the lion’s den to sell the GOP to minority areas of urban blight.

I’m certain it’ll be a nice party and we’ll all have a great time, and NOTHING will be proved or points made with the process.

San Diego was a good RNC, who knows maybe I’m wrong…

harlekwin15 on January 25, 2014 at 4:31 PM

“What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” is a lie.

ElectricPhase on January 25, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Why are you asking the “conservative” RINO commenters here what the Republican Party should do, Ed?

They hate the Republicans more than Obama and the Dems do and have basically ceded the country to the progressives. Just because they feel disrespected, or something.

You know what and how they “think”–scratch that, feel. They don’t think, they react. Negatively. To everything. Can’t imagine why voters are so turned off by conservatives and the tea party…

They are not rational, politically savvy people. Please stop treating them like they are.

Meredith on January 25, 2014 at 4:34 PM

“What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” is a lie.

ElectricPhase on January 25, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Especially since “what happens in Vegas” became antibiotic resistant.

harlekwin15 on January 25, 2014 at 4:34 PM

No Southern cities in the mix? That’s telling IMO.

Yes, I’m aware it was last in Fl. It doesn’t have to end up in the South, of course. But reading this, with no Southern city in the apparent top 5, makes me worry the GOP is continuing to run away from it’s base/ grassroots as fast & far as it can…

cs89 on January 25, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Personally, I like the idea of New Orleans. It’s a party city that can keep politics separate from the fun! Though it would be a tad awkward if there is a Bush on the ticket. I also think holding it in the smoldering ruins of Detroit would be an outstanding choice.

Of the choices given, I’d go with KC or Columbus. Something in the Midwest. The edge to KC because why should the GOP reward a rat fink like Boehner?

Happy Nomad on January 25, 2014 at 4:38 PM

Columbus. It’s not the most exciting place (except for Ohio State football home games) but it’s time to focus on getting Ohio red again at the Presidential level.

Bitter Clinger on January 25, 2014 at 4:26 PM

And reward Boehner?

Happy Nomad on January 25, 2014 at 4:40 PM

Vegas is a fun town, but pretty much a lost cause politically.

Kenosha Kid on January 25, 2014 at 4:40 PM

Vegas or Phoenix in July, when it’s 118 degrees in the shade?

Sounds like fun.

AZCoyote on January 25, 2014 at 4:41 PM

They are not rational, politically savvy people. Please stop treating them like they are.

Meredith on January 25, 2014 at 4:34 PM

Meredith I have been invited to five RNCs based on my donations I have been to two.

How many have you gone to ma’am?

I understand you do not like the anger in the base. Yes, you may certainly try to portray rebellion or obliteration of the GOP power structure as irrational. Here’s the deal the GOP is either a bottom-up organization that is swayable to its members’ political goals or IT IS NOT. If it is in fact unswayable then it is structurally unworthy of the loyalty it needs.

Amnesty will destroy the national identity reward the Democrats’ politically for importing 30-50 million new voters. Obama is so lawless that if the House passes anything he will deem it a total Amnesty and the GOP lacks the will to impeach him. I have working class relatives who will be hurt by this stupidity.

Obamacare means businesses are incentivized in hiring the Amnesty workers over Americans.

It is simply not sane to do this while the situation is what it is, and America has NO DUTY to act contrary to how other nations act on “here I am!” migration.

You keep on rolling grenades into camp and you’ll get your wish before they pass amnesty.

The choice is simple they can explain why they can’t pass ANY immigration fix while Obama wield his “pen, phone, and hammer&sickle” or they can destroy the party.

They cannot take the Chamber of Commerce’s cash and not pay a price if they ignore their caucus.

harlekwin15 on January 25, 2014 at 4:41 PM

I can already hear liberals screaming that the GOP choice of Columbus is a slap in the face to all indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere.

Mark1971 on January 25, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Meredith on January 25, 2014 at 4:34 PM

I can feel the love.

CWchangedhisNicagain on January 25, 2014 at 4:44 PM

It was 104º in Las Vegas on Aug 27 2012, the date of the last GOP convention. And that was lower than the high for the year of 113º in July.

Just how many attending GOP are they looking to kill?

chimney sweep on January 25, 2014 at 4:44 PM

David Marriott is supporting amnesty because he says he needs green cards for all the service workers in his hotels and resorts.

Lindsay Graham out a provision in the Senate amnesty bill that gave SC extra work visas so all the SC resorts could get the beds made, dishes washed and golf course grass cut.

Go some place where the hotel and restaurant workers are Americans, if such a place still exists.

Wethal on January 25, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Why are you asking the “conservative” RINO commenters here what the Republican Party should do, Ed?

They hate the Republicans more than Obama and the Dems do and have basically ceded the country to the progressives. Just because they feel disrespected, or something.

You know what and how they “think”–scratch that, feel. They don’t think, they react. Negatively. To everything. Can’t imagine why voters are so turned off by conservatives and the tea party…

They are not rational, politically savvy people. Please stop treating them like they are.

Meredith on January 25, 2014 at 4:34 PM

You’re going to need all those people you hate to win in 2016. You cannot just win with moderates. You need your base. Those people you insult are the base.
Perhaps you would like the convention in wine country?

BedBug on January 25, 2014 at 4:46 PM

I like Detroit, however, it is full of morons who don’t work
or want to. Then there are its crooked politicians; just as bad as
Chicago. And no to Chicago. They will make sure nothing works;
like the lights, microphone, etc.

Why reward Harry Reid’s state for electing him over and over again?

Why reward Colorado whose pot smoking and gun laws are ridiculous?

Phoenix, Kansas City, Columbus are boring.

If the repub party had any brains, they would hold it in Texas.
The convention is supposed to drum up enthusiasm. Nothing like
enthusiasm from a red state! I can see Palin now in her cowboy
boots (will she be invited this time?) and Perry in his ten gallon.
George Bush can be reinvigorated; rejuvenated, whatever. Ted Cruz
will be masterful! What fun it would be!!!

Amjean on January 25, 2014 at 4:46 PM

I can feel the love.

CWchangedhisNicagain on January 25, 2014 at 4:44 PM

The Moderate Media All-Star Squish wing will either accept that “no means no” or they will get to be the entire GOP.

I am not going to punish the GOP by not donating if they betray the American worker. I am not going to “just sit it out” though I did SERIOUS soul searching on it back in 2008 because John McCain got rewarded for betraying Bush constantly and likely costing us the House in 06. I will support Hillary! to the hilt and vote for democrats for the first time in my life.

In the wake of the 94 loss being shown to be sincere Nanzi Pelousy demanded the Democrats charge left and left charge they did.

The GOP response to 06 and 08 and 12 has been lurch left.

If the answer to what is ailing us is going to the left, which does seem to be the message then why go left slowly towards Dick Gephardt circa 1990?

Go left past DeBlasio and Lieawatha Warren.

I am stupid, I max donated to both Romney and McCain BUT even in my stupidity I am trainable.

The GOP is training me to be a democrat.

harlekwin15 on January 25, 2014 at 4:47 PM

I voted for ‘Unsure/No Opinion’ because I always wonder who those types of people are.

Anyway, they should have it in Death Valley. Because I bet they’re going to screw up this one too.

WhatSlushfund on January 25, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Why do I keep thinking of these?

The Best of Meredith

Fallon on January 25, 2014 at 4:48 PM

<blYou’re going to need all those people you hate to win in 2016. You cannot just win with moderates. You need your base. Those people you insult are the base.
Perhaps you would like the convention in wine country?

BedBug on January 25, 2014 at 4:46 PM
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Who knew! Meredith is a rino wino!?!

Amjean on January 25, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Vegas is the perfect place for a political convention. It has gambling, prostitution, and “gentlemen clubs”. Perfect place for lobbiests, congresscritters, and media whores. Ok, I am a cynic about these shows that are nothing more than giving blowhards a stage to bullshit from.

simkeith on January 25, 2014 at 4:49 PM

But enough of this nonsense! What did Chris Christie say today? That rascal’s every words make the “moderates” at HA swoon with pleasure. Don’t you suppose the GOP should consider Atlantic City if they are looking at Vegas?

Happy Nomad on January 25, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Wherever it is, it will have to be large enough so that when they nominate “electable” Christie he can squeeze in.

They should have highlighted that in the ads.

WhatSlushfund on January 25, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Wherever it is, it will have to be large enough so that when they nominate “electable” Christie he can squeeze in.

They should have highlighted that in the ads.

WhatSlushfund on January 25, 2014 at 4:57 PM

They nominate Christie I say we should hold it in the Yellow Stone Caldera….

Chrispy Chreme is on my Ron Paul/Mike Huckabee “no way I’d vote D first” chair this cycle.

We nominate him he’ll try to make Obama Veep.

harlekwin15 on January 25, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Okay RNC!! let’s talk turkey, shall we?

Bring the circus to Vegas, and its steaks on this guy for every HotAir member, at the Ellis Island Brewing Co. A steak, potato, soup or salad, a vegetable, and a beer. All for under $10, all on this guy!!

Best deal in town…!!!

JohnGalt23 on January 25, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Something to consider —>
President Obama famously told the nation about how
“… you can’t go to Las Vegas …”
thus hurting the Nevada economy
Would the RNC consider helping that economy … the way Harry Reid has NOT ???
(isn’t he up for re-election sometime?)

TimLenox on January 25, 2014 at 5:17 PM

What could go wrong?

Plus, a nice reward for Harry Reid’s union workers.

Really smart.

bofh on January 25, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Bring the circus to Vegas, and its steaks on this guy for every HotAir member, at the Ellis Island Brewing Co.

JohnGalt23 on January 25, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Is that some kind of a statement about amnesty for the illegals? ;0

Happy Nomad on January 25, 2014 at 5:22 PM

They are not rational, politically savvy people. Please stop treating them like they are.
Meredith on January 25, 2014 at 4:34 PM

Every single comment of yours on this site is a complaint about conservatives, including those who are rightly opposed to illegal alien amnesty. Every. Single. One.

Liberal Meredith, why do you hate conservatives and the tea party more than you oppose Obama and the Democrats.

bluegill on January 25, 2014 at 5:50 PM

TimLenox, you convinced me- turns out Reid’s running for reelection in 2016. Take the fight to Vegas, baby- get a twofer with an RNC convention & “defeat Reid” rally!

(Btw, I hate that the mobile app doesn’t let me copy/paste on iPhone, Ed…)

cs89 on January 25, 2014 at 6:13 PM

It isn’t on the list, but I’d say Dallas. Not that we need any more traffic issues but it would be a great way to show a red state to the rest of the country that is growing by leaps and bounds. And show off WHY we are growing, being a very business-friendly place.

Also this is ground zero where the dems “Battlefield Texas” snakes are and they are full steam ahead to turn Texas blue. If that happens, we’ll NEVER win another presidential election, period.

tru2tx on January 25, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Also this is ground zero where the dems “Battlefield Texas” snakes are and they are full steam ahead to turn Texas blue. If that happens, we’ll NEVER win another presidential election, period.
tru2tx on January 25, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Good point, and key to turning Texas blue is passing mass illegal alien amnesty AKA special pathway to legalization as part of “comprehensive immigration reform.”

If amnesty passes, eventually you can forget about ever again electing a conservative president.

bluegill on January 25, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Nothing encourages and leads to more illegal immigration like passing mass illegal alien amnesty.

bluegill on January 25, 2014 at 6:33 PM

They keep gambling with our lives and jobs, so Las Vegas is the correct place.

sadatoni on January 25, 2014 at 6:36 PM

On the other hand, this is a political engagement and choosing Vegas sends a message that we might not want to send. Furthermore, Vegas is not a republican city. Nevada is blue. Its Harry Reid’s state

Okay, what’s the difference between Reid and McNumbnutz? It’s a trick question….there is no difference. While this won’t happen unless hell freezes over; the GOP should tell Arizona that they can have the convention as long as McNumbNutz does not run. Otherwise my vote is Kansas City. Colorado is too blue.

Waiting for ice cubes to come out of the sewers…..

JimmyGee on January 25, 2014 at 6:37 PM

Having been in a host city for one of these events, I can tell you that it takes a huge amount of public resources — for security, traffic, and so on, and especially on public funds. You can’t just drop in on a city that’s not prepared for it, and especially not one whose core services are as dysfunctional as Detroit’s.

Ed Morrissey on January 25, 2014 at 4:23 PM

…only the better!…highlights what happens when you keep electing demorats!

KOOLAID2 on January 25, 2014 at 6:38 PM

Having been in a host city for one of these events, I can tell you that it takes a huge amount of public resources — for security, traffic, and so on, and especially on public funds. You can’t just drop in on a city that’s not prepared for it, and especially not one whose core services are as dysfunctional as Detroit’s.

Ed Morrissey on January 25, 2014 at 4:23 PM

My favorite was LA in 2000 when they ended up firing rubber bullets at the protesters. It was before they started corralling protesters miles away from the delegates in meaningless zones.

Happy Nomad on January 25, 2014 at 7:18 PM

Bring the circus to Vegas, and its steaks on this guy for every HotAir member, at the Ellis Island Brewing Co.

JohnGalt23 on January 25, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Is that some kind of a statement about amnesty for the illegals? ;0

Happy Nomad on January 25, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Not at all. Just an offer to take advantage of the best deal in Vegas. On this guy, as a reward for having the RNC in the happiest place on Earth…

JohnGalt23 on January 25, 2014 at 7:19 PM

Not at all. Just an offer to take advantage of the best deal in Vegas. On this guy, as a reward for having the RNC in the happiest place on Earth…

JohnGalt23 on January 25, 2014 at 7:19 PM

You in Vegas?

VegasRick on January 25, 2014 at 7:51 PM

You in Vegas?

VegasRick on January 25, 2014 at 7:51 PM

Not any more. But if the RNC goes to Vegas you can find me at the EIBC…

JohnGalt23 on January 25, 2014 at 7:58 PM

Sandoval?! Really?!

Same Sandoval who keeps extending a one time tax? Same Sandoval who actively proposed $600 Million in new taxes to give to unions? Same Sandoval who is so pro union in his actions? Same Sandoval who just allowed illegals to get driving licenses? Same Sandoval who allowed gay marriage in NV? Same Sandoval, who despite stating he will veto a proposed anti-gun law then vacillated for a week, with hand wringing of “What should I really do?!” crap, before finally doing what he first said he will?

That Sandoval?

I live in Vegas, there is not GOP here when it is represented by Sandoval and his hand picked cronies. They are Liberal Lite, at best.

I really hope RNC picks another city.

riddick on January 25, 2014 at 8:12 PM

It should absolutely be Detroit, bid or no bid.

Ronnie on January 25, 2014 at 8:18 PM

Arizona in the summer? Okay, Vegas is hot too, but it is more geared up with the night life and the hotel pool emphasis during the day. I say Vegas only because it is hurting economically and that would be a great message for the GOP (turning things around).

Mr. Joe on January 25, 2014 at 8:34 PM

Arizona in the summer? Okay, Vegas is hot too, but it is more geared up with the night life and the hotel pool emphasis during the day. I say Vegas only because it is hurting economically and that would be a great message for the GOP (turning things around).

Mr. Joe on January 25, 2014 at 8:34 PM

Yeah, let’s have it here what with good numbers of union members serving Strip casinos as well as conventions being illegals. Way to send the message out.

riddick on January 25, 2014 at 8:44 PM

Agree with Ronnie: Make it Detroit. If the GOP announces it wants to go there, they WILL make it happen.

As for Las Vegas, I’ve got nothing against Vegas per se. I’ve got everything against them inflicting Harry Reid on the rest of us. Screw them.

Zumkopf on January 25, 2014 at 8:52 PM

Why in the world would the RNC give money to a state that voted in Reid?

Why don’t they give the money to a solid red state?

kim roy on January 25, 2014 at 9:07 PM

Why are you asking the “conservative” RINO commenters here what the Republican Party should do, Ed?

They hate the Republicans more than Obama and the Dems do and have basically ceded the country to the progressives. Just because they feel disrespected, or something.

You know what and how they “think”–scratch that, feel. They don’t think, they react. Negatively. To everything. Can’t imagine why voters are so turned off by conservatives and the tea party…

They are not rational, politically savvy people. Please stop treating them like they are.

Meredith on January 25, 2014 at 4:34 PM

Pi$$ off. A lot of us voted for Romney even though it was debatable whether he’s even a RINO and after being ignored by the GOPe. Maybe most of us are tired of being battered wives and decided to leave. I’d ask you how many smacks upside the head will it take you to leave, but it appears you enjoy it.

Glad to see that the LSM has worked its magic on you. They’d show their gratitude for your obedience if they didn’t think you were a complete moron.

kim roy on January 25, 2014 at 9:14 PM

Does a U.S. city exist, that is genuinely “conservative politics” friendly?

listens2glenn on January 25, 2014 at 9:53 PM

Cedar Rapids.

trigon on January 26, 2014 at 12:48 AM

I’d hold it in…. Detroit

Or some other hard hit, struggling city (I voted for Columbus above, Cleveland would be better in Ohio). Instead of the typical hung-ho rah rah convention they should go to the inner city and say “this is what 50 years of liberal policy has done to once great American cities.”

Then, have a platform calling for tax cuts and other market based ideas to breathe life back into said place.

Republicans could make a strong case for urban votes. For some reason they never choose to. It baffles me. At least make the arguments. We need to hit Democrats hard on their own turf- by claiming back the minds of people they have dumbed down into poverty.

eski502 on January 26, 2014 at 1:47 AM

I like Detroit, however, it is full of morons who don’t work
or want to. Then there are its crooked politicians; just as bad as
Chicago. And no to Chicago. They will make sure nothing works;
like the lights, microphone, etc.

Why reward Harry Reid’s state for electing him over and over again?

Why reward Colorado whose pot smoking and gun laws are ridiculous?

Phoenix, Kansas City, Columbus are boring.

If the repub party had any brains, they would hold it in Texas.
The convention is supposed to drum up enthusiasm. Nothing like
enthusiasm from a red state! I can see Palin now in her cowboy
boots (will she be invited this time?) and Perry in his ten gallon.
George Bush can be reinvigorated; rejuvenated, whatever. Ted Cruz
will be masterful! What fun it would be!!!

Amjean on January 25, 2014 at 4:46 PM

The “morons that don’t work or don’t want to” line is bull crap. Sure, people out there scam the welfare state. But anyone who has been to Detroit knows that place has the worst of the worst poverty. Detroit is bad because even the lazy crowd has skipped town for better shelter. IF you’re still in Detroit it is because you can’t get out, or you’ve gone in recently to try and resurrect it.

This poorest of the poor people who are there are the ones we should pitch the free market too. Liberal policies have destroyed that said and essentially enslaved its people in poverty. We need to put that under the microscope.

eski502 on January 26, 2014 at 1:53 AM

We have to win Ohio and Missouri, and Colorado would be a huge help towards getting to 270.

The convention would probably have the most direct and noticable effect on Columbus, so that gets my vote.

Nevada, it should be noted, was a dependably red state for a very long time. It’s the corrupt union influence in Vegas that makes it competitive now, the rest of the state is still predominantly Republican.

Adjoran on January 26, 2014 at 3:09 AM

Okay RNC!! let’s talk turkey, shall we?

Bring the circus to Vegas, and its steaks on this guy for every HotAir member, at the Ellis Island Brewing Co. A steak, potato, soup or salad, a vegetable, and a beer. All for under $10, all on this guy!!

Best deal in town…!!!

JohnGalt23 on January 25, 2014 at 5:06 PM

I’ve wanted to stay next door at the motel 8, but my fiancé won’t stay there.

newportmike on January 26, 2014 at 4:21 AM

From the options on the list? I picked Columbus, but Denver would be good, too.

Las Vegas would not just be my last choice on the list. It would be my last choice in the country (Reid; unions; sin city; etc.). If it was up to me, I’d put it in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska before I’d put it in Vegas.

Don’t get me wrong. I love Vegas. Party town. I just don’t think it’s a good idea to bring her home to meet Mom.

fadetogray on January 26, 2014 at 7:23 AM

Why not hold the GOP convention in Hawaii aboard the USS MISSOURI?

What better place would there be for the party of unconditional surrender?

HondaV65 on January 26, 2014 at 7:27 AM

Las Vegas gives too much support to Harry Reid. We don’t need to help any Democrat voters. It should be a big time Republican city & probably state. Since it would help Reid by being in Las Vegas, the GOP will probably go there…

Karmi on January 26, 2014 at 8:23 AM

On the plus side, we have an opportunity to stick a thumb in Harry Reid’s eye and partner up with Sheldon Adelson, a big GOP donor who’s taken a beating for his activism over the last few years.

The problem isn’t just Harry Reid or Harry Reid’s past support from the Las Vegan unions, but the potential for key union people to basically act as Harry Redi’s Stasi during the convention — going over security camera videos to find any that might be embarrassing to key Republicans (ask William Bennett about the leaked gambling videos he had to deal with), to even the possibility of having convention delegates or key GOP political operatives have their rooms searched or monitored, because the Vegas hotels are so far ahead of other cities in security measures.

All it takes is for one small gaffe to be blown into The Biggest Story In The World — see the majority of the big media’s handling of Wendy Davis vs. Mike Huckabee this week for the most recent example of that phenomenon. Better to take the convention to Columbus, where there’s no assurance of no problems, but less of an infrastructure set up to ferret them out.

jon1979 on January 26, 2014 at 9:56 AM

Las Vegas gives too much support to Harry Reid. We don’t need to help any Democrat voters. It should be a big time Republican city & probably state. Since it would help Reid by being in Las Vegas, the GOP will probably go there…

Karmi on January 26, 2014 at 8:23 AM

So, I suppose it was a bad idea for the 1980 Reagan RNC to be in Detroit? Or the 2004 Bush RNC to be NYC?

Have ya thought this through? I’m thinking ya haven’t…

JohnGalt23 on January 26, 2014 at 10:22 AM

I would love to see the RNC take the convention to what some might consider “hostile territory”. Why do we also go to safe, red cities instead of taking our message right to the enemy’s front door?

For many of the reasons stated above, I think Detroit would be the perfect place to spend our convention money and get our message out. A recent “right to work” state, a City that desperately needs business dollars and would probably salivate at the chance of being story #1 on the nightly news for a week.

People love seeing their home city on TV and I think we’d have a pretty good chance of swinging Michigan in 2016. If the unions show up and try to disrupt the convention or make the usual fools out of themselves, put them on TV for the whole World to see. They’ll look as foolish as the OWS crowd or the squatters at the Wisconsin State Capital.

JetBlast on January 26, 2014 at 11:15 AM

JohnGalt23 on January 26, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Karmi think!?!? Funny! He is a poacher so no doubt he would pull for someplace in Florida. Preferably somewhere close to Manatees. You know so he could kill two birds, (Manatees) with on stone. (harpoon)

Bmore on January 26, 2014 at 5:23 PM

It was 104º in Las Vegas on Aug 27 2012, the date of the last GOP convention. And that was lower than the high for the year of 113º in July.

Just how many attending GOP are they looking to kill?

chimney sweep on January 25, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Air conditioning- How do you turn that on, precisely?

BillH on January 26, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Vegas? July 2016? 1200 degrees outside. Does not sound like fun to me

ConservativePartyNow on January 26, 2014 at 9:03 PM

New York City isn’t on the list?

Oh, that’s right. Their fine governor doesn’t need the cash from pro-life, second amendment supporters. Cuomo’s rolling in the dough up there.

NoPain on January 26, 2014 at 11:34 PM

You know, Oklahoma is so deeply red it’s bordering black…

jedijson on January 31, 2014 at 3:20 PM