Also, Kessler did not completely rule out the Twin Cities hosting the Democrats. He said it was off the table for now. Kessler is a pretty in-touch political reporter, one of the best I've seen in the upper midwest, so I suspect he's got his information straight.
If I heard this reporting right, and the Dems were just about set to go to Minnesota before being surprised by the Republicans (the decisions weren't supposed to happen until AFTER the elections, after all), does this raise the possibility that the Dems would change their rules and announce they're coming to Minnesota anyway? Especially if there's anough sentiment within the party to go somewhere other than NYC and Denver's bid isn't good enough? After all, it was Dean who threw out tradition and scheduled the DNC convention in late August, when traditionally the party out of power scheduled their's no later than early August. Why not say, "to heck with it, we're coming as well."
Here's a shocker: an AP story that falls all over itself trying to show the unstoppable push that Minnesota is making towards the GOP and becoming a red state (despite actual, you know, facts that contradict those claims).