Denver DNC, its all about the geography
Al Eisele writes in the Huffington Post:
With Republicans trying to gain a foothold in the Democratic stronghold of Minnesota, Democrats are crazy if they don't try to break out of their East Coast-Midwest-Southern mindset by making inroads in the West. After all, Colorado just elected a Democratic governor, and there are eight other Democratic governors from Kansas to Oregon, including a likely presidential candidate, New Mexico's Bill Richardson. And the new Speaker of the House is from California and the new Senate majority leader is from Nevada.
Sure, Democrats held their 1984 convention in San Francisco and their 2000 convention in Los Angeles, but look where it got them -- Fritz Mondale, who lost every state but his own, and Al Gore, who couldn't even carry his own home state. In fact, Democrats haven't won with a candidate who was nominated in a city west of the Mississippi since they picked John F. Kennedy in Los Angeles in 1960.
As the brothers Salazar of Colorado, Sen. Ken and Rep. John, argue, energy sources are key to many of America's most pressing problems, including freeing us from the stranglehold of Middle Eastern oil imports. Colorado, with its vast oil shale deposits, and the West with its limitless coal deposits and other alternative energy sources, is a good place to position the party for the future.
So let's hear it for Denver. It may be a cow town, but if Democrats want to make the west a battleground in 2008, they better be ready to ride in the rodeo.
This is the nut of the issue, geography matters. Are we the party from New York or the party from the West? That's what people who are fighting for a Denver convention are saying, that we've been too long a party of the Northeast.
Your Personal Note:
Oops. Al Gore and look where it got us? We got a winner who wasn't inaugarated. He carried the popular vote by more than 500,000 and that would have been enough if our voting system wasn't so infantile. Other democracies manage to select the person who gets the most votes but not here. We need an intervention. An extra layer just in case the people get it wrong. The electoral college is wrong for the 20th century - oops the 21st century.
My choice for President and Vice-President is a governor with international experience. That's Richardson. My vote for our convention is Denver because the West is ascendant - and the East has failed us.
Posted by: Mary Robinson | Jan 10, 2007 5:52:00 PM
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(and yes, we know that sometimes they're very, very wrong. Other times, they're right on.)