Dallas Wants to Host the 2016 Republican Convention, So Of Course It Turns to Jewish Democrats for Help

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The time to start stockpiling balloons is now, Dallas.
In 2016, on a yet-to-be-determined date in June, Republicans from across the country will gather somewhere to pick their next presidential nominee. Maybe it'll be Chris Christie. Or Rand Paul. Perhaps a Jeb Bush-Ted Cruz ticket? Yes, that last one is stupid, but so is speculating on a race that's more than two years from being decided.

Considerably less stupid is trying to figure out where the Republican Party will decide to have the event. Dallas, we learned this week, is in the running.

"[A]fter careful consideration, the City of Dallas is enthusiastically throwing its hat in the ring!" Mayor Mike Rawlings wrote in a letter, cosigned by former Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. "There is no better time than 2016 and no better way than this event to showcase our dynamic city to such an expansive array of media, delegates and families who will, in turn, bring great economic impact to our city while here."

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Problem: Dallas' bid package is due on February 26, and it's just now getting under way. That leaves city leaders all of a week to line up $50 million and a plan to accommodate the13,000 delegates and politicians who will flood into town, plus entourages, media, and various other hangers on.

"We are playing catch-up fast and furiously, putting the bid together," Phillip Jones, president and CEO of the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau, told The Dallas Morning News.

So fast and furious is the effort that the fundraising letters are landing in some unexpected mailboxes. Like that of National Jewish Democratic Council Chairman Marc Stanley:

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Who knows. Maybe a sense of civic pride will overwhelm the Jewish Democrats' partisan leanings, just as Rawlings, a Democrat, is putting his aside. So, it's worth a shot?

(h/t Michael Li)


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Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Seventy percent of American Jews voted for Barack Obama. The result is in line with the 74 percent support he received in 2008, and the 70 percent average support Democratic presidential candidates have received since exit polling began in 1972.  In the swing states of Ohio and Florida, Jewish voters backed the president by 69 and 68 percent, respectively. They supported Democrats for Congress nationally by 69 to 30 percent. As they always have. ---NY Times

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

Only want this effort to succeed if the protester with the "Eat the Rich" sign from the last time the convention was here is still available?

daviddennard
daviddennard

Where's my editor? 


"...a plan to accommodate the13,000 delegates..."  Gee, I forgot the space between "the" and "13,000"...oh well...

When is this ass-sorry rag (we love you, actually) gonna get it's quality control shit together?

RobertaJeffress
RobertaJeffress

Actual Democrat Jews are few and far between.   It is six of one/half dozen when it comes to how they ACTUALLY vote when they get in the box.   Even though there are less Israeli Firster's today than...say 10 years ago, they are still pretty much in the political biz to ensure Bibi & Izzy get their mega billion$ every years so we can continue to be able to call them our BFF.


Even though most Dems are far from being a fan of Israel's political system.  W\e have our own war mongering bunch to bow down to the Bibi and his holy White Phosphorus.

JohnJay24
JohnJay24

Part of me says "do it" the money would be great.

However, I went to Minnesota to see Ron Paul speak, about 30 minutes away was the Republican convention at that time, we decided to drive over and check it out. (At least the outside) there were tons of protesters, and a police presence that would make Ukraine look like sock puppets) We saw people who were sitting in grass (just sitting) get tear gassed. The whole area was on like a lock down..... I don't think I would be looking forward to all that.  

Cliffhanger
Cliffhanger

That gives me two years to get the permits for a booby bar lined up!

blankcur1
blankcur1

They should have it at Cowboys stadium, in Arlington, not in Dallas. 

jmckee3
jmckee3

Actually I think Dallas makes a lot of sense, their get a bump in the election by holding it in a swing state didn't work out so well and with Texas trending towards purple it might give them an opportunity to shore up their base in a large city equipped to pull off a well run convention with a lot of media coverage. With the park, hotel and arts for a city with little scenery Dallas has become pretty photogenic.


I think it really depends on how good they feel about their chances in 2016, with the Christie implosion and a very good chance at another damaging clown car race to the finish with a formidable opponent (Is anyone still pretending the Dem nod isn't Clinton's if she wants it?) it might be best to contain the mess in a relatively safe state that they badly need to shore up support in.

ruddski
ruddski

Oh noes! Another O'Keefe video documenting lawbreaking has burst forth. Get on it kids.

s.aten
s.aten

I would hope our city had higher standards than to allow the Republican National Convention into our city.   They did nothing for local business in 1984 despite all the hype.  The delegates spent all their time at private parties & endless convention sessions.

whocareswhatithink
whocareswhatithink

If the Jewish Democrats can make money from the convention, they will be in.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

My money's on the gopers nominating a black lesbian for potus, and Santorum as her runny mate.

casiepierce
casiepierce

Economic impact? I understand that Republicans are crappy tippers and never eat out at anything above an Olive Garden (except when in DC) OTOH, Silver City is poised for a windfall, and maybe even some of those poor girls working at Bombshells.

ruddski
ruddski

The point is enlisting people to help the city of Dallas, not enforce ideological purity. No Jews I personally know are so politically bigoted as to cut Dallas from potential economic gain.

MissMacy
MissMacy

@GregoryPecker I don't think you know what you're talking about. Every Jewish person I've ever met in my entire life is a Democrat (me included). Why the hell would Jews support America's Christian taliban?

ruddski
ruddski

Even if they do, it will still be in "Dallas"

casiepierce
casiepierce

@ruddski Enough with the "noes" already, your snark is wearing oh-so 2011.

LeroyJenkem
LeroyJenkem

@s.aten A boss for whom I worked in my sordid youth was at the 1984 RNC, and he was a regular at the COMDEX tech show in Las Vegas until COMDEX went under in 2003. He said that the crowds were almost identical: a lot of people who showed up with one shirt and one $20 bill, and they didn't change either for the entire week. He had good things to say about other RNCs, and even said good things about the 1992 show in Houston, but he was less than impressed by Dallas's show. I'll have to hunt him down and ask him if he'd return to Dallas for another one, because he was a serious political junkie, but probably not enough of a political junkie to put up with a repeat.

Guesty
Guesty

@s.aten  I'm a Dem, but it is absolute nonsense to argue that it doesn't help local businesses.  Who do you think catered all those private parties?  And who was the valet?  And the entertainment?  Who did the party planning?  Where did the people stay?  

LeroyJenkem
LeroyJenkem

@casiepierce If it's anything like the 1984 Republican National Convention was, the only people who made out well were those putting in time in the vice squad. That was the year that the DPD went through the phone book and shut down every last escort service in the city, in the desperate hope that if the delegates didn't have any temptation, they wouldn't make the news. I'll also add that tow truck companies made out like bandits during the RNC and every time the Southern Baptist Convention comes to town. Not only do they get lots of overtime from the people who feel that "Employee and Customer Parking ONLY" signs don't apply to them, but they also get all of the dolts who park out in front of the Dallas Convention Center because they think the signs reading "No Standing" only applies to pedestrians. And I wish I were kidding.

ruddski
ruddski

You probably "understand" that conservatives are less charitable than libs, and that conservative PACs dominate political contributions as well, and that the sun orbits the Earth.

RobertaJeffress
RobertaJeffress

@MissMacy @GregoryPecker Many Christian's believe some bullshit about needing Israel to get to heaven.   This is the reason Evangelist nutjobs and war mongers for profit tend to support Israel at any cost.   Now to be sure, NOT every Jewish person supports all that Israel does but there is a odd marriage between the two religions.

markzero
markzero

@MissMacy @GregoryPecker  Why the hell would Jews support America's Christian taliban?


There's a whole bunch of fundamentalist Christians that believe in something called Christian Zionism. They're keen to support Israel because they think it will bring about the Second Coming, Armageddon, etc. 


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_Zionism


It's kind of a you scratch their back, they scratch yours while still trying to convert you thing.

observist
observist topcommenter

@Guesty @s.atenThe answer to all of your questions is "strip clubs".

casiepierce
casiepierce

@LeroyJenkem @casiepierceYeah, well, a lot's changed in 30 years. My only question is, if thy know that Dallas County is trending blue, why did they choose Dallas? I guess because it's less blue than Houston and Austin/SA? That said, I hope we do get it, it will be fun watching all the bobble-head protesters. And seeing what the City does to hide all the homeless from that end of DTD.

casiepierce
casiepierce

@ruddski Wow. Somebody really doesn't understand how sarcasm works. No wonder everyone in here hates you...

ruddski
ruddski

They were being sarcastic.

ruddski
ruddski

I got it, I read dan savage.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@casiepierce @LeroyJenkem  They are already getting practice with what to do with the homeless.  They bring the paddy wagon out and round them up here in the CBD and take em over to uncle Lew's house for a short stay

ROFLCopter
ROFLCopter

@casiepierce @LeroyJenkem  Thinking that illegals are going to come out and vote somehow to turn Texas blue anytime in my lifetime is funny stuff.  You've been sold a big bag of crap, just like the ACA.  Texas will be red till I take my last breath about 50 years from now.

J_A_
J_A_

I blame CelebrateDivershitty guy. It started going downhill from there.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@casiepierce @ruddski  Well a few years ago, the commenters here didnt try to eat each other.  We didnt all agree but it was much more cordial.  These days we all try to nuke each other.  

casiepierce
casiepierce

@ruddski Hum, that sounds just pitiful. Wilonsky asked me a few years ago if I'd be willing to help him head up a DO commenters meet-up. So glad that never happened. I would have hated to see you crying into your beer. 

RobertaJeffress
RobertaJeffress

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz @ruddski He is sort of like your pitied Sonny to your Cher.   Providing Sonny was a 24/7 spewer of contradictory hate  who never contributes a consistent thought without bashing 8-12 people in the process.  



ruddski
ruddski

@monstruss

But a wealthier, smarter, better-looking dickhead than the others who eat your lunch. That counts for something, if you could count.

ruddski
ruddski

I nurse orphaned trolls back to health with an eye dropper. They really like the brown acid.

monstruss
monstruss

@ruddski  Sorry, but no one has a monopoly on thinking you're a dickhead.

Mervis_Earl
Mervis_Earl

@dfwheathen "known as trolls, can be dangerous when they go after the vulnerable."

Didn't realize we were vulnerable around here.

ruddski
ruddski

I'm gonna eat some worms!

ruddski
ruddski

Casie, go cry on someone's willing shoulder, Myrna has the hate ruddski franchise here - try and respect her territory.

casiepierce
casiepierce

@ruddski Perhaps because your "sarcasm" is about as sharp as a box of rubber bands.

ruddski
ruddski

Oh noes! Hatreds!

Sometimes, it's possible that the sarcasminator is the one who doesn't understand how sarcasm "works" on the internet, but that couldn't possibly be the case here, right, cause you know how clever and smart you are.

Funny how you completely missed my sarcasm.

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