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The Perfect Venue

12:08 PM, Apr 23, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
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The political conventions will be coming in the summer of 2016 and the parties must choose locations for the festivities.  As Mario Trujillo of the Hill writes, the Democratic National Committee has asked several cities to submit bids, among them:

… Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Miami, Nashville, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh and Salt Lake City.

The name on that list that grabs your attention is, of course, Detroit. 

What city could be more appropriate as a setting for the celebration? Detroit was ruled, for a half-century or so, by a corrupt, one-party (Democratic) political machine that drove the city into the greatest municipal bankruptcy in the nation’s history and sent many office-holders to jail. Formerly prosperous citizens (Detroit once had the highest per-capita income of any American city) left by the thousands leaving empty streets, abandoned buildings, and feral dogs behind. 

Joe Biden likes to brag that the administration “saved" Detroit. It would be fitting then, for a Democratic party to convene itself in this ruined city and be addressed by a long-serving, water carrying, pitch man who can say that with a straight face. Then the delegates could leave the hall and step out into the night and reality.

Also, it would be fun watching all the interest groups and media operations trying to line up some slick venues for their cocktail parties and buffets.  And to count the number of pistol-packing security types necessary to keep them safe on the mean streets of the Motor City.

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