Yes, Democrats Should Want The RNC In Denver Too


As the Denver Post’s Allison Sherry reports:

In its attempt to woo Republican officials to Denver to host the Republican National Convention in 2016, Denver put a party in a Broncos-bedecked bag.

At the Republican National Committee’s winter meeting held here this week, a handful of cities were throwing schwag, amenities, appetizers and alcohol to party bigwigs in hopes of winning the ultimate prize: The chance to host 50,000 Republicans, VIPs and guests for five days ahead of the next presidential race.

The RNC expects to make its decision around the time of its summer meeting, in August.

The Post’s Lynn Bartels reports that Democrats in Colorado, as well as competitor host city Las Vegas, back their counterparts’ respective bids–with a fair share of smack talk, of course.

…Nevada Democrats back efforts by state Republicans to host the RNC in Las Vegas that year, according to a November memo to RNC chairman Reince Priebus.

“The reason is simple,” they said. “Putting the national spotlight on Nevada Republicans for a week-long national convention will do more to damage the Republican Party’s brand than anything Democrats could possibly do.” [Pols emphasis]

Here’s the full statement on Denver’s bid to host the 2016 Republican National Convention from Colorado Democratic Party chairman Rick Palacio:

“While we may disagree on matters of public policy and politics, I support Chairman Call, and his Party’s efforts, to bring the Republican National Convention to Denver,” Palacio said.

“As we learned from 2008, a political convention of this size can mean increased revenue to the small businesses of our state, as well as help to showcase our world-class city,”

“However, I would caution the GOP; as long as their party demonizes immigrants, ostracizes women, and pushes an outdated and extreme agenda, nothing, let alone a convention, will help them win over the independent minded voters of our great state.” [Pols emphasis]

Bottom line: there is absolutely no good reason for Democrats to oppose the Republican National Convention coming to Denver in 2016. Partisan leanings aside, the 2008 Democratic National Convention was a huge and sustained economic boon to the city of Denver and state of Colorado as a whole. It would be hugely counterproductive for Democrats to oppose an event that will result in millions of dollars in the pockets of every kind–and we mean every kind–of Colorado business. When such opportunities present themselves, smart leaders put aside partisanship and take the money.

But if that’s not enough to stay your partisan rectitude, consider this: Colorado is the home of the nationally-recognized (and feared) “Colorado Model” of well-organized and highly effective Democratic-aligned political groups (see: Adam Schrager and Rob Witwer’s Blueprint). Bringing the entire national Republican establishment to their proverbial parlor could be considered an epic opportunity. In fact, if we were the RNC, we might be a little worried about that.

But in terms of a downside for anyone in our state? No, we can’t really see one.


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  1. davebarnesdavebarnes says:

    One big postive reason? Hookers.

  2. Urban Snowshoer says:

    A side benefit is that the summers are much more tolerable here than in Phoenix or Las Vegas.



  3. JBJK16 says:

    I read Blueprint.

    I don't the see the connection to the RNC being worried about coming to Denver.

  4. BlueCatBlueCat says:

    They can get into more trouble in Vegas with more hookers per square foot to suit every persuasion and highest potential for high octane gambling. 

    Phoenix is just hot and boring but they have hookers, too.


    Both Phoenix and Vegas would be hell on demonstrators. 


    Denver has a well organized, politically powerful Latino community that would no doubt stage great demonstrations, legal weed, hookers and much better weather that time of year.  


    All in all, I vote for Denver.

  5. Diogenesdemar says:

    Sure, this could be of some benefit economically to Denver, but what about any of our real ( . . .the only real . . .) Coloradans, those folks in Swink, Rangely, Armel, etc., etc. — what's in it for them ???

    Nope.  I already know all I care to know about our high plains dwelling nutters — I say let's let another state have a chance.  (Anyway, I'm also just a little curious to see how those Nevada lunatics compare to our Colorado strains . . .)

  6. kwtreemamajama55 says:

    Denver's gay cowboy bars dance floors will be crowded with closeted Republicans …it will be an economic boon second only to the Stock Show.

    • JeffcoBlueJeffcoBlue says:

      Don't forget the Wrangler!

    • Urban Snowshoer says:

      They'll be closeted until some enterprising reporter drops by–either for fun, or for a story–and a few cowboys get outed. Today's press, for better for worse, isn't the press of 50+ years ago that kept quite about say President Kennedy's affairs, despite the fact that everyone knew. 

      By the way will these bars be having a wide-stance competition?

  7. CaninesCanines says:

    The RNC is leaning towards the West, it's said — and it's likely not going to choose Las Vegas for its image. Same with Denver, I suspect.

    Due to its extreme heat and extreme politics, I think they're going to favor Phoenix.

    Oh well, our loss is our gain.

    • Maybe they'll be able to deny global warming better in Phoenix.

      • CaninesCanines says:

        And work directly on ending illegal immigration.

        • ajb says:

          What if all the undocumented workers went on strike that week? You can only imagine…

          • Given Sheriff Joe is nearby, perhaps the legal immigrant should join them – along perhaps with anyone with Native blood or related to Spanish land grant holders.

          • BlueCatBlueCat says:

            Genius, AJB.  Can picture them all whining about no service at their hotels, no place to eat. Wherever they have it, the undocumented and documented Latino workers should have a mass sick out and demonstrate with the rest of us joining in solidarity. Denver weather would be ideal.  

            Message: You don't want to make life easier for the undocumented who have been working hard for you all these years by passing immigration reform? Here's what life will look like if you get your wish and they all "self deport". This should jog all the the people who thought they'd be making money and don't without the Latino workers, documented and un, to reconsider their support for Republican candidates who want to block all viable immigration reform. 


            LGBTs should also take part and single and married women and couples who want the right to plan their families as they see fit. Fast food workers who want a living wage, too. Take all of the above out of the workforce and see how your pasty white male convention goes. Of course they'll still have the male and female hooker and weed if it's here in Denver but not much else.

  8. itlduso says:

    Anyone think they could fill a stadium like we did in '08?

    • Koch's front groups will bus them in if they can't find enough here.

    • Urban Snowshoer says:

       It's admirable that the Democrats took an open-approach 2008, bringing thousands of people who weren't party insiders to participate in the final night of the convention.  I don't know how many other conventions have done this, but it doesn't seem to be a common approach.

      If the GOP comes to Denver and takes a similar strategy  we can find out whether there are enough angry, old, white people to fill Mile High? 


      • Gray in Mountains says:

        they can take their guns right? The GOP would not try to prevent that. Would they?

        • DavieDavie says:

          Ooh, ooh, open carry week at the convention.  What a brilliant idea!

          What red-blooded, American Patriot Republican wouldn't want an audience of thousands listening to their words of inspiration packing heat to show their solidarity?

          Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition 🙂

          • kwtreemamajama55 says:

            You can bet your sweet bippy (ah, nostalgia!) that the Republican convention will be even more stringent about security than the Democratic one. I was able to see Obama speak at Mile High Stadium – it took 2 hours in line, metal detectors, property search, etc.

            The gunzos will just have to suck it up.

            • BlueCatBlueCat says:

              My son and I didn't spend nearly that much time in line, though it was certainly long enough, and everybody was so friendly and chatty it wasn't bad at all. Maybe you should have come earlier.

            • Urban Snowshoer says:

              I was at Mile High in 2008 as well, and maybe it was just a function of getting there early, but security was fairly painless for me.

              • DavieDavie says:

                Same here, got an early bus from the hotel where I was a volunteer. So the security wait at the stadium was maybe 15 minutes, if that long.  Only downer was later when the convention was over, I got caught up in the crowd leaving and got directed out the west exit, away from the buses.  A few hundred of us spent the next 30 minutes hiking around outside the fence trying, to no avail, to get back inside to catch our bus.  Security turned us away despite our obvious status as attendees.

                Finally a commercial shuttle van happened by, and radioed in to his dispatcher that there were pedestrians all over the place needing rides, and to send everything they had!

                • BlueCatBlueCat says:

                  Leaving was a challenge for a short person like me as the crowd was thick and I couldn't see a thing. Luckily I'd grown my own 6 foot son (with help of 6'1'' husband) brought him with and hung on until we popped out of the crowd. 

      • Diogenesdemar says:

        . . . Elway nation ??!!??

        (sorry to harsh your buzz Bronco fans . . . )

    • itlduso says:

      Not sure if Red Rocks would be large enough.  They could make smarmy references to God's creation, blah, blah.  

      If they hold it at an outdoor venue, maybe the rain that the Focus on the Family prayed to disrupt the Obama speech will finally arrive.

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