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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Cleveland For 2012 DNC Convention? Final 4! Not Charlotte!

Describe Charlotte, NC in 2010:

When is it okay for Black children to attend Segregated, low performing public schools? Or for Southern, Black leaders to be Scared Tokens? Or to have a Light Rail system ONLY travel to one side of town (the Wealthy, White side)? Like I said Charlotte will probably be ready to host the DNC Convention in 2016 (with major cultural changes) but its NOT ready now!

DNC Narrows Down Four Cities As Finalists For 2012 Convention

And lucky me, the Twin Cities is one of the places that the DNC has chosen for its Final Four.

This isn’t new; the Minnesota metro area had been on the short list for the 2008 convention as well, which may mean an edge for the state that gave Pres. Barack Obama a 10-point victory in that election.

Recognizing that President Barack Obama faces serious challenges in the Midwest he carried not two years ago, the Democratic National Committee on Wednesday picked three heartland cities and just one in the Republican-friendly South to consider for its 2012 nominating convention.

The cities are Cleveland, St. Louis, Minneapolis and Charlotte, N.C.

A presidential nominating convention brings millions of dollars and intense attention to its host city as well as political good will for the party itself. Obama won Ohio, Minnesota and North Carolina in his 2008 race against Republican John McCain, who won Missouri.

With Democrats competing for Senate seats in Ohio and Missouri, the announcement was likely to energize the Democratic base in those states ahead of the crucial midterm elections this year. Even so, putting states in play for possibly holding the convention was not a guarantee for wins there in 2012; McCain held his nominating convention in Minnesota, yet lost the state.

That would allow me to do some extensive coverage of a Democratic convention without the hassle of traveling to a remote location, and I’d certainly be happy to see the local area get an economic boost.

I’m just not sure where the Democrats could go to recreate Mount Olympus a second time.

Minneapolis and St. Paul demonstrated that they could host a grand partisan event in the last election, and the DNC would certainly see a friendlier environment here than the RNC did.

I somehow doubt that the anarchists would crawl out of the woodwork as they did in 2008 to throw bleach on conventiongoers and to smash windows and plot worse acts that the police stopped before they could get started.

However, I doubt that Minneapolis will get it, even having been on the list two straight times.

Obama may have issues with the Midwest in 2012, but probably not with Minnesota.

I’d like to think that my state would come to its senses after four years of incompetence in the Obama White House, but this is the same state that elected Jesse Ventura, Al Franken, and sent Amy Klobuchar to the Senate to ask Elena Kagan about her Twilight preferences.

If Obama loses Minnesota, the only state never to vote for Ronald Reagan, he’s got much bigger problems elsewhere.

So where will they go? Let’s take a look at the other choices:

* Charlotte, NC – Obama carried North Carolina in 2008 by only 14,000 votes, but will almost certainly have trouble keeping it next time. Democrats aren’t going to get the turnout they did in 2008.

A national convention in Charlotte might help keep North Carolina in the blue column.

* St. Louis, MO – If Obama wants to make a difference in the Midwest, this would be a better choice. Missouri is a key state in presidential elections, one Obama just missed carrying in 2008. He’s not likely to do much better in 2012, though, even with a national convention.

* Cleveland, OH – This is in the heart of the Rust Belt, and a region where economic downturns hit hard. Obama won Ohio by over 360,000 votes, even more than the margin in Minnesota, but this traditionally Republican state may flip in 2012.

Ohio has the largest number of electoral votes of any of the four states mentioned, and a win in Ohio puts the GOP nominee in a difficult position to win the presidency.

I’d say Democrats will choose Cleveland in the end.

It’s still a “heartland” state, but it matters more than the two Midwestern states mentioned, and probably better positioned than North Carolina.


It was a 10-point victory in Minnesota for Obama, not 16 points. Thanks to Jeff D for the reminder.

Charlotte To Host 2012 DNC Convention? Wrong Choice!

Is Charlotte, NC the best venue in which to host the 2012 DNC Convention?

After reading this blog post you might not think so.

So I hear Boston Officials are offering to help Charlotte city leaders win the 2012 DNC Convention.


Why in the world would national Democratic leaders even dare think about bringing close to a million visitors to such a BORING Southeastern city running over with Racism?

(Hmmm I smell a Political deal here. Is President Obama involved?)

There isn't a darn thing to do in Charlotte, NC!

In fact Charlotte is nothing more than a large, Southern town.

Trust me I know because I currently reside here.

Perhaps you also think just because Charlotte has a Black Mayor (Anthony Foxx) its a city that welcomes Diversity?

Ha ha ha and the Moon is made of blue cheese!

Anthony Foxx is simply a Token to satisfy Black Voters, who does absolutely NOTHING for Black Voters.

Believe me he has NO Political Teeth at all. He's totally bought and sold by Charlotte's "good ole' boy" establishment.

Here are 12 obvious reasons why Charlotte may NOT be the ideal place to host the 2012 DNC Convention:

1) Every local Restaurant and Business closes early (except Wal-Mart),

2) Charlotte has no Amusement parks or other real Entertainment (i.e., shows, family recreation, etc), except the NASCAR Hall of Fame (expensive redneck entertainment)

3) There's only 1 decent Park in the entire region (Freedom Park)

4) Charlotte has no Zoo. Charlotte's idea of a Zoo is "Discovery Place", ha ha ha.

(You'll have to see it for yourself)

5) Very High Crime rate, especially Homicides.

6) Charlotte has a Train (light rail) which only travels to part of the city,

7) 10.5% Sales tax,

8) There are no real Clubs,

9) There are very few Black & Hispanic Businesses,

10) Charlotte has no place large enough to safely hold close to 1 million visitors in attendance to hear speeches from DNC keynote speakers or the party nominee.

11) Terrible, Racially Segregated Mass Transit system,

and....(drumroll please)

12) I repeat plenty of Racial Segregation citywide.

This includes Charlotte's Racially Segregated Museums (Betchler, Mint & the Harvey B. Gannt Center for African-American Arts.) and its Public School district.

I kid you not!

In fact "Extremely Racist city" is Charlotte's moniker.

How do I know all of this to be true?

I live here remember!

With these crucial facts to consider, why would the DNC allow the 2012 Democratic Convention to be held in Charlotte?

Perhaps Charlotte will be ready to host the DNC in 2016 but definitely NOT in 2012!

Before the 2012 DNC Bid committee makes its final selection as it relates to choosing Charlotte as the host city, I suggest they read this or better yet spend a week in Charlotte, NC.

While DNC officials are visiting don't just check out the Uptown area or Southpark where wealthy citizens reside but venture on over to Charlotte's Black communities and check out how Charlotte's leaders treat Black Voters.

What will they discover? I repeat its Boring, Racially Segregated and Undeveloped!

If I were to choose a Southeastern city to host the 2012 DNC Convention it would probably be Atlanta or better yet Raleigh, NC.

If not a Southeastern city than Cleveland, or Minneapolis or St. Louis.

I'm betting my money on Cleveland.

Hey I'm just saying.

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