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  •  DC= Most underrated city in America, BUT... (0+ / 0-)

    I live in DC, and it is a fantastic city.  Much, much cooler, better, and more livable than most Americans realize.   Yes, everyone kvetches about the DC insiders, but... look beyond that, and you'll see a city with a higher percentage of people trying to change the world than any other city in America.  

    As far as holding a convention, hell yes, we'd do a kick-ass job of it.  There are great hotels, venues, restaurants, etc., and the mass transit is among the best there is.

    BUT... Kos is 100% right on this one.   This is the chance to make a splash in a swing state.  Colorado would be nice, as would any number of purple states.  Hell, even Vegas would be fine, given Nevada's purple hue.

    Look, I'd love to have it in DC or NYC (my old home).  They're both great cities that could hold great conventions, but there's simply no political benefit to be gained from either.

    Still though, I suppose it would be a better choice than Boston in 2004 -- truly one of the most asinine choices in convention history.   Don't get me wrong, I like Boston, and used to live across the river.  Lovely city.  BUT... no political advantage, and in fact, disadvantage (just what we need, more association between the Dems and Massachusetts).   And beyond that, it simply wasn't made for a convention this size.   Tens of thousands of good Dems couldn't get tickets because the venue was too small.  The events were way spread out.  It was just... stupid.

    The GOP in 2004, on the other hand, went two for two with NYC -- a locale that made them seem more moderate, and a great place to host a convention.

    If it's NYC, so be it, but... gees, you'd think we could find a city that combines political advantage and doable locale.

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