12:08 PM, Apr 23, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
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.
9:01 AM, Mar 1, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Today is a good day for the Democratic National Committee. Duke Energy, which helped bankroll the Democratic convention in Charlotte last year with a $10 million loan, announced it would forgive the Democratic party of its massive debt.
11:08 AM, Oct 2, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Former Obama administration official Steven Rattner said on MSNBC that Jennifer Granholm "must have had some medications or something in her system" when she addressed the Democratic convention last month:
12:05 PM, Sep 7, 2012 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
During his acceptance speech last night, President Obama claimed, “I promised to refocus on the terrorists who actually attacked us on 9/11, and we have.”
7:10 AM, Sep 7, 2012 • By KATE HAVARD
Former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm's high-powered, fist-pumping speech to the Democratic convention Thursday night has some calling her the "breakout star" of the evening.
1:40 AM, Sep 6, 2012 • By FRED BARNES
In his fondest dreams, President Obama couldn’t have imagined getting any more from Bill Clinton than he did last night at the Democratic convention. Rather than pull Obama toward his centrist policies, Clinton embraced Obama’s hyper-liberalism—at least for one night.
12:55 AM, Sep 6, 2012 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
In his speech Wednesday night, Bill Clinton said, "President Obama started with a much weaker economy than I did. No president—not me or any of my predecessors—could have repaired all the damage in just four years."
9:39 PM, Sep 5, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
An Obama campaign official confirmed to THE WEEKLY STANDARD that President Obama “personally” intervened to alter the Democratic platform to include a reference to Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The new platform, adopted this evening at the Democratic convention in Charlotte, now includes pro-Israel language that the previous document did not.
6:09 PM, Sep 5, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Huffington Post reports that President Obama "personally intervened" to get the Democratic platform to include pro-Israel language and to include a reference to "God."
1:35 AM, Sep 5, 2012 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
In the hours before network TV broadcast the Democratic National Convention to millions of Americans, the convention was shaping up to be a rip-roaring abortion jamboree.
6:18 PM, Sep 4, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Maryland governor Martin O’Malley, who is giving a keynote address tonight at the Democratic convention in Charlotte, is a beneficiary of Bain Capital, the private equity firm Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney helped create.
2:07 PM, Sep 4, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Today is the first day of the Democratic convention in Charlotte. Coincidentally, GM, the embattled car company that was bailed out by the federal government, has some good news to report.
10:35 AM, Sep 4, 2012 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Was there a GOP convention bounce? The better question may be, was there a VP/convention bounce? The VP choice and the convention have normally been back to back, often making the two in effect one event, with one bounce. This year Romney announced Ryan more than two weeks before the convention. So the best way to see whether the GOP ticket has enjoyed an overall bounce is probably by comparing the race today to where the race was on August 11.