Thursday, July 24, 2014

Phoenix: Not a Good Place to Convene Anything!

by Pa Rock
Citizen Journalist

The Democratic Party is narrowing the field of potential cities to host it's 2016 Hillary Coronation national convention.    The national committee initially sent out invitations to thirty-five cities to bid on hosting the convention.  Five of those cities either didn't show an interest or withdrew from the process (Las Vegas, Miami, Orlando, Pittsburgh, and St. Louis).  Nineteen more were knocked out of the running during the first round of consideration (including my personal favorites of Kansas City, Portland, and San Diego), leaving a field of just eleven in the semi-final round - where five more were eliminated this week (Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis, and Salt Lake City).

Today, the list of final contenders was announced.  The urban brawlers still left in consideration to host the first national political convention in the United States where a woman is likely to become the presidential nominee are:

(Drum roll, please!)

Birmingham, Brooklyn, Cleveland, Columbus (Ohio), Philadelphia, and Phoenix!

Five of the six would make adequate choices - though none would offer as much in the way of fine food and exceptional entertainment as Kansas City, Memphis, or the Big Easy.  But it's not just about having a good time.  The week of intense political activity will ultimately nominate the person who is likely to become the next President of the United States.

With all of that in mind, I must say a word or two against my former city of residence.  DNC, are you effing nuts!   Do you know how hot Phoenix is in the summer?  Have you seen an Arizona dust storm?  What message will you be sending the rest of the world if you take all of that money and limelight and squander it in a state that codifies hate, elects morons like Joe Arpaio and Jan Brewer, and can't even figure out how to kill a man in under two hours?

Democrats, leave Phoenix to the rattlesnakes, scorpions, and Arizonans - and hold your convention  someplace that at least resembles civilization.  The world will be watching!

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