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GOP starts 2012 convention site selection process

by: Matt

Fri Jul 31, 2009 at 22:08:40 PM EDT


2012 Democratic National Convention Site Selection News
2012 Republican National Convention Site Selection News

At the Republican National Committee's summer meeting in San Diego, the party took its first steps toward picking a site for the 2012 Republican National Convention. But the GOP has a strange rule that prohibits members of the site selection committee from representing states that will bid for the convention.

There are members of the committee from the states of Michigan, Ohio, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Colorado, Georgia, District of Columbia, Connecticut, Utah, Alaska and South Carolina. Which, in theory, would rule out the cities of Detroit (GOP 1980), Cleveland, Cincinnati, New Orleans, Milwaukee, Denver (Dem 2008 - how soon we forget), Atlanta (Dem 1988), Washington, DC, and other smaller cities.

It's hard to really believe that the RNC would rule out a really viable bid for this reason - much more likely that the site selection committee person would just resign - but for now, we have to assume these cities aren't eligible to bid for the convention. As the Atlanta Journal-Constitution notes:

We’re less than a year past the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul., Minn., and already the list of 2012 sites has been narrowed.

And Atlanta is a victim of the narrowing.
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Not that our fair city had yet launched much of a campaign, or even said it was interested.

As for the Atlanta bid that never-will-be, state Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine, a 2010 candidate for governor, declared his intention to bring the 2012 convention to Atlanta during last year’s national convention.

As for cities still in the running, just two tidbits of news:

Meeting this week in San Diego, the RNC has a chance to scope out the self-described America's Finest City. California Republican Party Chairman Ron Nehring, who lives near San Diego, has already approached Mayor Jerry Sanders (R) about returning to San Diego for the 2012 convention, 16 years after ex-Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kan.) accepted the party's nomination here.

Florida has made a conscious effort to stay off the committee in hopes of returning the convention to the Sunshine State. Republicans and Democrats both held their conventions in Miami Beach in 1972, and the GOP held its 1968 convention there as well. -The Hill

San Diego is certainly a possibility, and Tampa made a serious go at the 2008 GOP convention. But, unfortunately, conventions take place in high hurricane season, and the political parties may be gun shy about choosing hurricane-prone cities. Last cycle, hurricanes certainly hurt Tampa's bid:

Tampa bid organizers said [Ken] Mehlman, [chairman of the Republican National Committee] told them the threat of hurricanes cost them the convention.

And this was before Hurricane Gustav hit Louisiana, causing a one day postponement of the start of the 2008 Republican convention in St. Paul. I wonder if New Orleans or Florida will ever see another convention.

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Presidential politics and election site (0.00 / 0)
If I were a Republican consultant, my logic on their site would go like this:

--You're probably not going to win the Presidency in 2012, so this is about image-building for 2016.

--Don't hold it in the South. The GOP is already being branded as a regional party. The goal for 2012 is to prove it's not. So also don't hold it deep in enemy territory, where critics can point o a bad result in the host state in November.

--On that basis, go for the rust belt. McCain did relatively well in some of this area in 2008, and Obama's popularity remains tenuous in these states. Pittsburgh might be perfect, or perhaps Cincinnati or Cleveland.

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So my money is on Pittsburgh.  


My Guesses (0.00 / 0)
Logically thinking, what State (or area) do they need to re-energize to win back. Okay, they would have to have multiple sites. Maybe they could go hi-tech and actually use multiple sites. Naw, it's the Republicans.....

So, trying not to look at where the committee members are from...

Omaha Nebraska - Kind of isolated, but President Obama did steal an electorial college tick from there.

Kansas City - Grabs Kansas and Missouri

Dallas or Austin - Texas is slipping.

Las Vegas - They damaged their image when they attacked the high speed rail system stating it was just to get LA folks to Las Vegas.

Or countless other locations that they need to right their sinking ship. ;o)


Not Kansas City (0.00 / 0)
Even with the new Sprint Center, I really do not see the facilities in Kansas City to support a modern national convention.

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