Nothing Personal, New York (Or Not For Everybody, Anyway)
January 13th, 2007

When Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean announced the choice of Denver over New York City as the place for the Democratic National Convention in 2008, the analyses were numerous. Some didnt make much sense.

For example,
The National Journal
wrote: NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg was once enthusiastic about the prospect of a DNC convention, even opening City Hall for meetings of top Democratic financiers. But Bloomberg turned soured [sic] about the prospect the more he dealt with the DNC.

New York City would have been the safe choice, logistically and financially. But it would have been a political nightmare and set Dean apart from his Netroots allies and virtually every strategist, presidential candidate and office holder in the party. But Dean aides have said that he was not prepared to risk holding a convention in a city that was not prepared to handle it.

How could it have been a safe choice and a nightmare at the same time? (And, as one of the commenters on the blog pointed out, “since when do all Democrats hate NYC?”)

A little more clearly, the Daily Kos wait Phew. Among the hundreds of comments on that blog were some negative about New York, e.g.:
I’m sick of NYC being the staging place for conventions
New York would be (1) a logistical disaster, (2) a boring, ho-hum choice, and (3) politically no advantage at all.
NYC was the choice of the old dem party.

But the conventional wisdom seemed to see the choice as having more to do with the advantages of Denver rather than the disadvantages of New York.

The widely-held consensus seems to be that the Democrats, having made notable gains in the West, want to send a signal that they will not take any of the fifty states for granted, wrote the blog Politics Now. The site selection becomes even more significant as the DNC ditched New York City, a traditional Democratic stronghold. In a way, Denver represents the Democrats desire to present themselves as the party of common sense liberal values (implying that New York is the center of irrational liberal values.)

The blogger of Captains Quarters wrote: Democrats in New York fit the Nancy Pelosi/Hillary Clinton model quite nicely. The media center of the Big Apple would have amplified the messages of the convention, and the facilities are second to none. I attended the Republican convention in 2004, and I can attest to New York’s ability to stage an impressive event, and to provide equally impressive security.

However, the Democrats hardly need to woo New York. The Democrats have a lock on the entire state and certainly the city. With a new Congressional majority to protect and to expand, the Democrats need to engage on the frontier of their popularity, and Colorado makes perfect sense for that effort.

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