Today the NY Times published a piece about ongoing planning for the Democratic National Convention which is scheduled to start in Milwaukee one month from today. Originally intended to host 50,000 cheering partisans the in-person event has now been pared down to about 300.
First to 5,000 attendees. Then, a mere 1,000.
Now, one month before the party is set to gather at a convention site smaller than the one originally selected, officials are expecting the quadrennial event to include as few as 300 people — a number that includes not only attendees but members of the news media, security personnel, medical consultants and party workers.
Every aspect of the four-day Democratic National Convention, scheduled to begin Aug. 17, has been scaled back from the ambitions set when Milwaukee was named the host city in March 2019. A program of five to six hours of daily speeches, engineered to entertain delegates in the arena and draw heavy television coverage and headlines for Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his vice-presidential nominee, will be cut down closer to three hours each night. Much of the program is likely to be pretaped videos, according to people familiar with the planning…
As of this week, only Mr. Biden and Tom Perez, the Democratic National Committee chairman, are committed to come to Milwaukee, although party officials said the program was still being written. They’ve even given the event a new slogan to reflect the change: “Convention Across America.”
It sounds absolutely awful. The convention was originally scheduled to be held in a basketball arena. Now it’s being moved at the Wisconsin Center, a convention center across the street.