Sunday’s New York Times looks at the pros and cons of the four cities — including Minneapolis — competing for the Democratic National Convention in 2012. And it raises the question: Will the Dome collapse affect our bid?
The paper doesn’t handicap the race, but gives pros and cons — mostly political considerations — for each of the cities.
For Minneapolis, it says, an advantage is that the Twin Cities “successfully” pulled off the 2008 Republican National Convention. While some might quibble with how successful it was, city leaders play up their confidence with the slogan for getting the DNC: “Resourceful. Reliable. Ready.”
Other pluses: union leaders are pushing Minneapolis (and St. Louis) because there are so many unionized facilities. And also, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak was among the first to support President Obama’s early presidential bid.
Disadvantages, says the paper:
The Republicans just held their convention in the twin city St. Paul in 2008. Why do a replay so soon? Also, if Mr. Obama cannot win the reliably Democratic Minnesota, he has probably lost the 2012 election anyway.
The roof of the Metrodome, the likely venue for the convention, deflated Sunday under two feet of snow. This has happened a few times in the past, providing a publicity challenge for convention organizers.
Various progressives and activists are working against a Minneapolis bid, saying they do not want a repeat of what they said were civil liberties violations during the 2008 convention, including mass arrests.
The other contenders:
- Charlotte — important for political reasons, inspiration to students and blacks, pretty place to vacation. But, no union hotels, lots of banking interests which might remind voters of bailouts.
- Cleveland — battleground state, affordable city, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But, excitement in the Rust Belt? Can they afford to put it on? Corruption in county.
- St Louis — lots of experience with national conventions, swing state, lots of unions, the Arch. But, Obama lost the state in ’08, not exactly hip and happenin’ city, could lose an electoral vote.