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  •  If a hurricane hits, it'll be great! (none)
    Going to NOLA for a political convention is a terrible idea, not least because the city (and especially its Black residents, or former ones) will be even worse off then and it will simply focus more attention on what will have been the Democrats' inability to have done much to provide for them.  It just plays into the GOP's hands.

    And, if it is in the Convention Center, there is something just sick about having a celebration in a place where so many died of neglect.  Even if you disagree, that's how it will be perceived.

    And, frankly, with the Gulf Coast waters this warm, I'd be leery of going anywhere in the hurricane zone in the summer.  I'd do it for my personal vacation, but not for something as fixed in advance and hard to move if necessary as a political convention.

    Note also that I'll bet few of us voting know about all eleven cities' infrastructure for holding conventions.  I voted for Denver because I think it helps a Western strategy, but I don't know how many hotels they have.  So I wouldn't call this an informed vote -- just a beauty contest.

    My apologies to students who took my U.S. Government class in the 90s: evidently the Constitution doesn't limit Presidential power after all. Who knew?

    by Major Danby on Tue Feb 28, 2006 at 11:13:02 AM PST

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    •  It would be in the Superdome (none)
      The Democrats don't do conventions in Convention Centers anymore (last one in 1984 - SF) - they're too small, and the sightlines are bad for many of the seats. The Superdome works well - they'll curtain part of it off. (The GOP did conventions in the Superdome in '88 and Astrodome in '92).

      Now your point about the Convention Center will apply only slightly less if it's on the Superdome, and still remains valid. The convention will be held just before the 3rd anniversary of Katrina. All the pictures will be back. I don't think it makes sense.

      •  It would be a less severe version (none)
        of holding the GOP convention in the footprint of the WTC. which even they weren't idiots enough to try.

        My apologies to students who took my U.S. Government class in the 90s: evidently the Constitution doesn't limit Presidential power after all. Who knew?

        by Major Danby on Tue Feb 28, 2006 at 11:58:22 AM PST

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