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  •  An obvious choice (4.00)
    The cities must have a convention space that can seat 23,000 to 25,000 people (in portable or non-portable seating), must have 17,000 hotel rooms and 1,000 suites available, and be able to provide adequate office space, media work space and transportation to and from the convention site.

    But will the infrastructure be ready in time to host the convention?  At the rate things are going now, I don't know if I could say for sure.

    Liberal: "I still think it's a respectable word. Its root is "liber," the Latin word for "free," and isn't that what we are all about?"--Mary McGrory

    by mini mum on Tue Feb 28, 2006 at 10:46:01 AM PST

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    •  That is the big issue, of course (none)
      but we do have a couple of years.

      Who knows how big the convention will be then? Hell, it might be mostly virtual - it certainly is possible.

      TV doesn't give a damn about it, the 'winner' is usually annointed by then, so the whole thing is just a sham anyway.

      Hmmm... sounds like Vegas would be the perfect place then. No real purpose, a lot of partying, lots of noise, and often regretted in a few months.

      Yep, that's Vegas.

      •  Vegas could hold both conventions at once... (none) fact, the Dem convention could be held just at the south end of the strip, using the MGM, NYNY, Trop, Mandalay Bay, and Luxor, and having the actual convention in the Thomas & Mack Center, with satellite events at the hotel ballrooms.

        For shits and giggles, I'd redirect Bill O'Reilly's reservation to the Paris.

        Las Vegas would be good, but I would also like the convention to be in New Orleans.  With the opening on August 29, 2008.

        Katrina changed everything.  However, I'm afraid the  Dems are too chicken to rub the Rethug's nose in the failure that was the Federal government's response to the disaster.

    •  Infrastructure is ready. (none)
      An earlier diary on this already brought this up. The convention center is already re-opened and will be fully functional in Novemeber, and there are 18,000 hotel rooms available right now. By 2008 things should be doing a lot better.

      We also can realize the dream of a world without war, but only by stubborn persistence, only by a refusal to surrender that dream -Howard Zinn

      by Jawis on Tue Feb 28, 2006 at 10:51:21 AM PST

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    •  Bullshit (none)
      The host city needs liberal alcohol laws and an abundance of prostitution.  Check and check.

      "I say unto you, in as much ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." Jesus of Nazareth

      by Spider Stumbled on Tue Feb 28, 2006 at 10:52:14 AM PST

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    •  Interestingly (none)
      it kinds of cuts both ways.

      If New Orleans is completely open for business, in great shape, well, the Democrats could look kind of idiotic standing on a podium pounding and screaming about how New Orleans is the fault of the Republicans- cut to shot of Bourbon Street with big party going on.

      If there is anything I have learned from Scooby Doo, it is that the only thing to fear is crooked real estate developers.

      by JakeC on Tue Feb 28, 2006 at 10:55:30 AM PST

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