Hillary may save us from a New York convention
2008 Democratic Convention Watch points to an interesting tale told by Novak, in which he lays bare a badly kept secret about a convention in New York and Hillary Clinton:
Denver lacks sufficient hotel facilities, a suitable arena and labor union support, not to mention adequate financing. But when New York was leaked as the site, the reaction was so negative that Dean delayed a decision. Party members complained that it would be the fourth out of the last nine Democratic conventions scheduled for New York. Backers of Hillary Clinton don't want her nominated in her place of residence. George H.W. Bush and John Kerry lost elections when nominated in their respective hometowns of Houston and Boston.
2008 Democratic Convention watch points out that Hillary is publicly backing New York, but that going back to the 1950s, Presidential candidates who are nominated too close to home have a hard go at it.
Wouldn't it be ironic that Clinton's pre-primary inside the party power -- before she fizzles out in front of voters and caucus goers -- could put the convention out West?
Emmett O'Connell | December 24, 2006 | Comment on This Post (3 so far)
Your Personal Note:
Geez, people, hold the thing in the Midwest! Forget the coasts! Think 50 states!
Posted by: Jack Bog | Jan 3, 2007 2:26:22 AM
Ahem, Denver isn't on the coast.
Posted by: Emmett O'Connell | Jan 3, 2007 6:12:26 AM
It just makes sense to have the convention in the interior west. Denver is a major city, but it is also not perceived as a place of much importance by most of the "average Americans". Having the convention in Denver (or another interior western city) will solidify the value and importance of the west (and most importantly its residents). Utilizing Union facilities is incredibly important for the Democratic party, but it is also key to remember that to many Western Dems, or Westerners in general, that Unions are seen as anti-independence. The Dems should not take that for granted when choosing a site.
Posted by: Jake | Jan 4, 2007 12:10:16 PM
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