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posted at 4:41 pm on April 23, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

The DNC began its selection of a 2016 convention site in earnest, or at least mostly so. Fifteen cities got invited to bid for the late-summer event, including one of the RNC’s finalists, as well as one very curious choice:

The Democratic National Committee has asked 15 cities to present bids to host the Democratic National Convention in the summer of 2016.

In a letter sent to the mayors of each city, the DNC put an emphasis on locations that share values on “equity, inclusion, diversity, respect and dignity.” The party also emphasized a location with a strong relationship to organized labor, due to security and construction issues. …

The cities chosen by the DNC for inclusion in the process were Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Miami, Nashville, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh and Salt Lake City.

Detroit? Isn’t this the same city that now struggles to find a way to hang onto its art collection after a fiscal collapse? The current bankruptcy of Detroit perfectly highlights what to expect after 50 years of Democratic governance, but is that the message that the DNC really wants to highlight in its quadrennial convention?

Perhaps. Geoffrey Norman calls this “the perfect venue” for Democrats:

What city could be more appropriate as a setting for the celebration? Detroit was ruled, for a half-century or so, by a corrupt, one-party (Democratic) political machine that drove the city into the greatest municipal bankruptcy in the nation’s history and sent many office-holders to jail. Formerly prosperous citizens (Detroit once had the highest per-capita income of any American city) left by the thousands leaving empty streets, abandoned buildings, and feral dogs behind.

Joe Biden likes to brag that the administration “saved” Detroit. It would be fitting then, for a Democratic party to convene itself in this ruined city and be addressed by a long-serving, water carrying, pitch man who can say that with a straight face. Then the delegates could leave the hall and step out into the night and reality.

Nor is that the only potentially “perfect” venue open to Democrats. One of these cities were invited even though their initial inquiry was less than enthusiastic. Oddly, that wasn’t Detroit, but Chicago:

The requests for proposals to host the late-summer convention, which were sent to cities that expressed some form of interest, are to be returned to the DNC on June 6.

One Democratic official, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the process, said Chicago’s expression of interest was a “little more undecided” than other cities and was akin to having “left the door open to considering” playing host for the event. Sarah Hamilton, a spokeswoman for Mayor Rahm Emanuel, said the administration “will evaluate the opportunity this could provide and proceed accordingly.” …

While the city is Obama’s hometown, the president’s lame-duck status makes a Chicago choice questionable as Democrats pick a nominee to succeed him. At the same time, political parties also factor in the political value of a potential host city — particularly when it might help to locate the event in a potential swing state such as Ohio, Pennsylvania or Florida.

If Democrats need to woo Illinois with a convention, they may as well save their money in 2016, and the same is true for New York. At least Michigan has a shot at being competitive, especially after the collapse of Detroit. The inclusion of Salt Lake City, Nashville, and arguably Atlanta are odd in the other direction. Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania are, on the other hand, must-hold states for Democrats, and Miami is particularly important for Democratic ambitions in the Sunshine State:

Still, the inclusion of Las Vegas is a bit curious, too:

It’s not terribly unusual for cities to bid on both conventions, but one has to wonder whether the DNC is just hoping to pre-empt the RNC here. If Las Vegas hosts the DNC later in the summer, it will negate whatever political benefit Republicans hope to gain in a state with few electoral votes at stake. They could choose Cincinnati or Cleveland and compete for Ohio, which is much more significant to Electoral College hopes, even if Democrats choose Cleveland or Columbus for themselves.

At this point, though, one has to imagine that the RNC is rooting for Detroit to land the DNC convention, but few gifts like that ever materialize in politics.

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Schadenfreude on April 23, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Why not Detroit? They can showcase the Progressive paradise.

tdarrington on April 23, 2014 at 4:44 PM

They never pay their bills, the godless deadbeats.

Murphy9 on April 23, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Detroit needs some good news after all those years of carpet bombing. Wait, it wasn’t carpet bombed? You could fool me. Yankees only play there during the week, at night. Even parking a block away from Comerica I won’t step foot in Detroit at night.

rbj on April 23, 2014 at 4:47 PM

The DNC could hold their convention in this fine building.

Bitter Clinger on April 23, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Republicans should eliminate Las Vegas and then state that the reason for rejecting Las Vegas is only and entirely Dingy Harry and his insane mumbling.

slickwillie2001 on April 23, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Chicago is OUT? Chicago IS OUT?!! CHICAGO IS OUT?!!!

ConstantineXI on April 23, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Emmanuel knows the democrats would leave town without paying their bills. He ain’t no dummy.

Murphy9 on April 23, 2014 at 4:55 PM

The muggers,buggers,and thieves will have a field day.

docflash on April 23, 2014 at 4:58 PM

At this point, though, one has to imagine that the RNC is rooting for Detroit to land the DNC convention, but few gifts like that ever materialize in politics.

McCain…
Bob Dole…

Skywise on April 23, 2014 at 4:58 PM

rbj on April 23, 2014 at 4:47 PM

I lived in Detroit in the late 60s (before, during and after the riot), and even then, when we went to a game at Tiger Stadium, we had to pay for “protection” for our car. Back then, the “protectors” were as likely to be Italian or Polish as black.

notropis on April 23, 2014 at 4:58 PM

It won’t be Detroit. Republicans are never that lucky.

ElectricPhase on April 23, 2014 at 4:59 PM

In a letter sent to the mayors of each city, the DNC put an emphasis on locations that share values on “equity, inclusion, diversity, respect and dignity.” The party also emphasized a location with a strong relationship to organized labor, due to security and construction issues. …

DNC hates poor people without equity. 1 per centers!

Rambotito on April 23, 2014 at 5:01 PM

that still have not paid their bills from the last one, cities should all refuse them.

dmacleo on April 23, 2014 at 5:01 PM

that still have not paid their bills from the last one, cities should all refuse them.

dmacleo on April 23, 2014 at 5:01 PM

that should say THEY still have not paid.
sorry

dmacleo on April 23, 2014 at 5:03 PM

While the city is Obama’s hometown, the president’s lame-duck status makes a Chicago choice questionable as Democrats pick a nominee to succeed him.

Um…. Chicago is the rat-eared wonder’s adopted hometown. Killary Clinton was born there. Just sayin’

Happy Nomad on April 23, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Rand: “Republicans are over-emphasizing on red state conventions”.

nobar on April 23, 2014 at 5:04 PM

KOOL-AID CAN GO!!!!!!

ToddPA on April 23, 2014 at 5:04 PM

…so it will be a do not pay any bills convention…at a place that doesn’t pay any bills?…that should be lucrative!

KOOLAID2 on April 23, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Orlando and the Magic Kingdom would be appropriate.

Jocundus on April 23, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Please, please, please don’t let it be Atlanta!!!!!!

Barred on April 23, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Maybe Indy? Could keep the state in play.

Would also be interesting if the current gov. (Pence) throws his hat into the ring, or gets picked for VP candidate.

cs89 on April 23, 2014 at 5:09 PM

Keep the he!! out of Indy!

dforston on April 23, 2014 at 5:11 PM

Maybe Indy? Could keep the state in play.

Would also be interesting if the current gov. (Pence) throws his hat into the ring, or gets picked for VP candidate.

cs89 on April 23, 2014 at 5:09 PM

NO!

I don’t want that trash in my state.

dforston on April 23, 2014 at 5:11 PM

The party also emphasized a location with a strong relationship to organized labor, due to security and construction issues. …

Oh! And if having Rahm around weren’t enough this is another reason for Chicago…. gun free city! Would make security all that more safe!

And there is precedent. Who doesn’t have fond memories of the 1968 Dem convention there?

Seriously though, Chicago was also the site of Bill Clinton’s nomination in 1996. Chicago may not be thrilled with the invite but they may not have a choice here.

Happy Nomad on April 23, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Orlando and the Magic Kingdom would be appropriate.

Jocundus on April 23, 2014 at 5:06 PM

The day room at a federal correctional facility would be even more appropriate. They could even have the whole gang there for the nomination!

Happy Nomad on April 23, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Please, please, please don’t let it be Atlanta!!!!!!

Barred on April 23, 2014 at 5:07 PM

I once talked to a guy who was involved with the local committee when both the GOP and the Rats had put New Orleans on their short list. This guy was a die hard liberal but admitted that the committee didn’t want the Rats to pick them.

The GOP showed up and were concerned about stuff like logistics and the venue. The Rats showed up and demanded to know how many hotels were unionized.

Happy Nomad on April 23, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Nashville? Are you kidding me? ‘rats won’t spend their money in a right to work state that will no way vote for a ‘rat POTUS.

I mean if Algore couldn’t carry this state, what ‘rat thinks they can?

ladyingray on April 23, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Even with the issue of hotel space, I’m surprised the GOP is not giving Pittsburgh a look. It’s time to start picking off some purple states.

reddevil on April 23, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Curious that the CBC isn’t clamoring to have the DNC convention in Detroit, a majority black city which could use the infusion of cash.

Bishop on April 23, 2014 at 5:50 PM

Nashville? Are you kidding me? ‘rats won’t spend their money in a right to work state that will no way vote for a ‘rat POTUS.

I mean if Algore couldn’t carry this state, what ‘rat thinks they can?

ladyingray on April 23, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Well, you all do have Ashley Judd.

Happy Nomad on April 23, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Even with the issue of hotel space, I’m surprised the GOP is not giving Pittsburgh a look. It’s time to start picking off some purple states.

reddevil on April 23, 2014 at 5:35 PM

The Rats picked Charlotte for that reason in 2012. How’d that work out?

Happy Nomad on April 23, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Even with the issue of hotel space, I’m surprised the GOP is not giving Pittsburgh a look. It’s time to start picking off some purple states.

reddevil on April 23, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Also why Ohio would make sense for either party.

CW on April 23, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Even with the issue of hotel space, I’m surprised the GOP is not giving Pittsburgh a look. It’s time to start picking off some purple states.

reddevil on April 23, 2014 at 5:35 PM

The Democratics steal too many votes in Pennsylvania to ever allow Republicans to win.

slickwillie2001 on April 23, 2014 at 6:24 PM

The Rats picked Charlotte for that reason in 2012. How’d that work out?

Happy Nomad on April 23, 2014 at 5:57 PM

About as well as us holding Ohio in 2012. ;-)

Some experts seem to think it carries importance, but the ones the GOP is picking (Denver, Las Vegas, Dallas, Kansas City, Cincinnati, Cleveland) I can’t really say makes any more sense than Pittsburgh. The GOP either needs to fold in Hispanics or round up a good portion of the Reagan Democrats. I guess we could use Hispanics to get Colorado (9 electoral votes), Nevada’s (6). Doesn’t seem worth it. Texas is Red no matter what. Missouri’s (10) we just got. Ohio’s (18) we just lost. I’m OK with trying to get Ohio back, but I think it’s time we started to look at more than just them. The opportunity is there for capturing white working class voters and making a statement. Especially when a typically Dem state like WV, who is looking at having 3 Reps & a Senator in the GOP is covered by the Pittsburgh Market.

That’s if having a convention in any particular state means a better performance for that party. Could be just a wash.

reddevil on April 23, 2014 at 6:24 PM

Working the train station for the Republican Primary in Illinois, a lunatic lib screamed at me that Obama had already saved Detroit, closed down GITMO and balanced the budget. Why not showcase all of these wonderful accomplishments. Do it.

Fallon on April 23, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Local Chicago media is/are hyping Chicago. Meh.

Fallon on April 23, 2014 at 6:53 PM

Philadelphia ain’t no slouch when it comes to matching Detroit & Chicago as far as what democrats have done to it.

SouthernGent on April 23, 2014 at 7:41 PM

Detroit, great idea! I think this place is available. A few fake Greek columns and some crepe paper and it’ll be good to go. Charlie Rangel can stay here rent free.

Oldnuke on April 23, 2014 at 7:55 PM

KOOL-AID CAN GO!!!!!!

ToddPA on April 23, 2014 at 5:04 PM

…I’m sure I can find a limousine…to crap on!

KOOLAID2 on April 23, 2014 at 9:24 PM

I thought the GOP should go to Detroit. The only thing better would be the Democrats going there and exposing themselves to that disaster.

eski502 on April 23, 2014 at 11:06 PM

The DNC should hold it in Newark NJ, downwind of the sewerage treatment plant.

V7_Sport on April 24, 2014 at 12:01 AM

All you hating on Detoiet
there a some great investments in Detroit….
just ask Kwame……lol

Weiner_Holder on April 24, 2014 at 12:51 PM