It's Not Us. Republicans Just Didn't Like What's All Around Us.

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Gosh, could there be something about the Texas Republican Party that people elsewhere find off-putting?

First thing, Dallas shouldn't take its rebuff by the Republican Party so personally, because ... because Dallas shouldn't take everything so personally. Sometimes I feel like we're sitting at one end of the bus, a woman gets on and sits at the other end, and we shout at her, "What? You're too good to sit next to me?"

That's weird. You can get a 911 call that way.

George E. Condon Jr. has what's probably a pretty good piece in The National Journal suggesting that Republicans chose recently to take their 2016 national convention to Cleveland not because they had anything against Dallas but because they wanted to avoid the weird Addams Family nightmare that has become the Texas Republican Party.

Citing the gay-hating Mexican-bashing platform adopted at the recent Republican Texas state convention, Condon says the Texas brand of Republicanism is last thing the national party needs to showcase at its national convention two years from now. "The face of a Dallas convention without much doubt," he writes, "would have been Texas firebrand and Tea Party darling Sen. Ted Cruz."

'nuff said.

As always when we get spurned, Dallas is shocked that anybody could take that other one over us, being as how we are so beautiful. And I'm not staying we're not. But other people are beautiful, too.

Look, a reasonable person might reasonably choose to sit at the end of the bus with Cleveland, Indianapolis , Cincinnati, or, believe it or not, Pittsburgh instead of sitting next to us, because a lot of incredibly cool things are happening in those cities. Cool things are happening here, too, but the fact is that some those I have just cited, Indianapolis, for example, are quite a bit ahead of us in redeveloping their downtowns as sophisticated, fun, walkable, human-scale communities instead of freeway-chopped office centers serving radially far-flung suburban encampments.

If we absolutely must have a pity party about it, we might look back to our first big case of unrequited love in 2001 when Boeing CEO Phil Condit moved the company to Chicago instead of here (or Denver). A decade after the move when Condit was retired, he gave the Puget Sound Business Journal about the only negative quote I've ever seen from him about Dallas. Condit said his memory of Dallas was that a bunch of Dallas suburbs at the time were in his ear telling him why he shouldn't move to Dallas.

We could believe that, right? In fact it would be the reflex of Dallas suburbs to warn a guy from out of town how bad Dallas proper is, thinking that was the way to talk themselves up. But of course if you're the CEO doing his two-day chopper tour of the region, all you're going to hear in that is a dysfunctional family. It's just another reason why Dallas, the city, needs to get a divorce from the region.

For one thing, the region isn't at our end of the bus, either. In 2013 the Olympics declined to accept a ring from us. (Gosh, this is a lot of rejection when you add it all up, isn't it? I'm starting to get the snuffles after all.) Bradford Pearson posted a good piece on Frontburner comparing the distances from downtown of the major stadiums in all of the candidate cities around the world. Our stadium, of course, was to be Jerry World.

It was sort of a joke. Most of the stadiums were either right downtown in candidate cities or within six miles or six minutes by transit. Jerry World, at 19 miles from downtown, just is not a Dallas venue. It's in Texas, yeah. But it has nothing to do with Dallas. So why would you have a Dallas Olympics and then do most of it not in Dallas?

I need to get over my snuffles, so I am going to propose a way to deal with this that I think may be good for us. It's not us they reject. It's Texas. And it's the Dallas suburbs. That's who people don't want to sit next to.

Dallas is cool, and we're getting cooler. But we need to get a sign or something we can hold up with an arrow on it that says, "Not with them." I'm convinced if we do that we'll get a date someday. If that doesn't seem to work, fine, we take off our shirts and whistle. Well, you take off your shirt, I'll whistle.

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laa2005
laa2005

Ron Paul.

Ron Paul.

Ron Paul

Ron Paul speaks the truth.

TexMarine
TexMarine

(lets forget that the real reason came down to scheduling)

It's so "hilarious" that all the people who work in the service industry are getting shafted, while democrats high five over this. It's so "funny" how those of you who live paycheck to paycheck won't get to participate in the financial boon that this would bring. Not to mention, the DO's back page would explode with the influx of "professionals" who'd be taking out ads.

Ha...ha....ha.

Tampa Bay saw a direct $214 million dollar impact in 2013 thanks to the convention.

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/republican-national-convention-put-an-estimated-214-million-directly-into/2137394

Yuk...yuk...yuk.

Anon.
Anon.

Jim, we don't need a divorce, we need marriage counseling. I've never understood your penchant for grousing about the 'burbs. Most of Dallas is built on the same suburban model, even your own neighborhood!

Dallas has, what, 1.25 million people? A little quick arithmetic shows 13 Dallas suburbs have about 1.8 million folks. Just the top six Dallas suburbs are at more than 95% of the Dallas population. The top thirteen equal 143% of the population of Dallas. You cannot separate Dallas from it's 'burbs. We are now all in a symbiotic relationship. They say you can pick your friends but not your family. Well, like it or not, we are now family, even with places like Frisco and Allen.

For the most part the suburbs are better governed than Dallas. They do not have the dramatic (and probably artificially constructed) budget problems that perennially plague Dallas. The 'burbs don't make back room deals with gas outfits that want to frack everywhere. Dallas can't even manage to run its own enterprise funds effectively - just look at the landfill's operational challenges!

All that said, Dallas does have a great lot of cool things and seems to be slowly becoming one of the nifty places people want to be. One of the problems is that the middle class, of all ethnicities, fled Dallas over the past few decades. Sure, you can engage in collective teeth gnashing and finger pointing over that trend, but that does not get us to where we all want to be.

So, Jim, please come back to the table. Even here in Texas you, a self professed carpet-bagger, have achieved permanent resident status. I think you would find that most of the 'burbs would welcome an enlightened conversation about how we can work together to make the region a better place for all of us.

EdD.
EdD.

Every time I see this "Cleveland got our convention" stuff I flash back to Bowling For Soup's "Ohio".

Greg820
Greg820

We all realize that any Republican Convention in Texas would quickly become the Ted Cruz Power Hour, right?  The man is such a complete and total narcissist that there could be no other way.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

The author nailed it when he said that, when civic groups from the 'burbs bad-mouth city-folks, they think they're talking themselves up.

As anyone who's ever tried to organize a political campaign or interest group in this town knows, most people don't give a damn about politics, and the ones who do are mostly just losers who will never accomplish anything in their lives.  So the only way they can feel good about themselves is to undermine other people's efforts to do good..

It's why we have a governor like Rick Perry, Senators like Cruz and Cornyn, and mayors like Rawlings and Leppert.

They're the "not everyone needs college" gang, who get so angry whenever the topic of teaching kids comes up, the anti-immigrant freaks, and the psychos who carry their guns into daycares while saying they do it to defend their rights.

leftocenter
leftocenter

We can do without the GOP conventiion...thank goodness!

We haven't had particularly good outcomes with our high-profile events (think ice/snow/missing seats for the Super Bowl).  It's hard to come back from that.  If it had only been the weather, but it was also the distance with made the weather issue huge.  And of course, Jerry.

Don't divorce us out here in the suburbs! We like grousing on the perimeter, but we also like being in the "Dallas area."  We live further out because we can -- and still get to work with a decent commute compared with DC or NY. 

The problem is that Jerry World is in Tarrant County not Dallas County.  It was a mistake to put it there and expect things like Olymipics, World Cup soccer, and major conventions.  And, yeah, things here are way spread out -- part of being a "twin cities" style metroplex in a huge state that has plenty of undeveloped land. 

At least Dallas has some liberals or at least left-of-center-ers.  We care about the immigrant kids.  I'm in a very GOP burb, but I'll be there in Dallas volunteering to help and to shield or counteract likely protests.  I like that about "us"...and that's Dallas.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

Conventions, especially political conventions, are not cool. It is a beguiling industry.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

Feel free to divorce from the suburbs.  Im pretty sure they'd do a lot better without Dallas, than Dallas will do without them

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

After reading this, can you imagine how Las Vegas feels?

Or those other also-rans (in the top five finalists who we got past) -  Denver and Kansas City

Losers

Yea though we ain't first class, we ain't white trash 'cause . . . 

Ray Nagin just got 10 years.

And after all he did for New Orleans despite George W. Bush

James080
James080

Being cool isn't cool. Not being cool, now that's cool.

dingo
dingo

No mention at all in this article concerning Ohio being a swing state.

With that in mind I am 100 percent confident that the author has provided us with the sincerest assessment he is capable of providing.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@laa2005 

This isn't about Ron Paul.  It's about the RNC convention.

That's one of the problems with Libertarian Republicans - They're so self-absorbed that they never seem to know where they are, what's going on, or how to act.

ryan762
ryan762

@TexMarine I don't know why Democrats are high-fiving. They benefit from the GOP showing as much of its crazy wing as possible.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@Greg820 

If it were just Cruz, it wouldn't be a big deal - but Perry, Cornyn, Abbott, Rawlings and a whole slew of other senior Republicans would be up there using it to feed their narcissism, as well.

bippyizod
bippyizod

@leftocenter  Remember what Hillary said about taking a village.  These kids will be a benefit by making our village a bit more diverse. 

James080
James080

@ScottsMerkin 

Whenever JimS starts ranting about how much he hates the suburbs, I think of Navin R. Johnson (Steve Martin in The Jerk) running around at the gas station dodging a sniper's shots, and screaming, "he hates these cans...stay away from the cans."

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@ScottsMerkin

If we drop i-345, they may just return the favor.

Then there'd be a whole lotta walkin' a goin' on.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@dingo

George E. Condon Jr. = "Republicans".

laa2005
laa2005

@bvckvs, exactly. I hope anyone who read what I said took a gander on YouTube or google if they were not familiar with Ron Paul.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@laa2005 

Everyone here is already familiar with Ron Paul and his son.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@ryan762 @bvckvs 

It's not up to a nobody like you to make that decision for him and The Party.  It's theirs - and they've decided that he's a Republican.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@JimSX @James080 @ScottsMerkin

Collin county is going to get its own shirt with that little finger thingy pointing towards Dallas and the caption: "I'm with stupid."

You know the one.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@JimSX @James080 So whats with this recent push to separate Dallas from the rest of the region?  This area is what it is because it works as an economic region together.  Yeah we bicker and moan about each other, but if we didnt have all these cities to welcome all these great companies that headquarter in and around the metro, this area as a whole would not have survived the economic downturn as well as it did.  But to each his own, if you want to divorce what got you hear, that's fine, we all know how the grass winds up being on the other side 99.9% of the time

leftocenter
leftocenter

@MaxNoDifference @holmantx

Maybe we'll have an opening soon!

ryan762
ryan762

@ScottsMerkin @JimSX @James080 I think one of the issues is the idea that Dallas often lets itself play second fiddle to the suburbs by letting suburban-dominated boards and councils and whatnot control where money gets spent, etc.


While it should be a symbiotic relationship, Dallas seems to often let itself be the weak sister.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@tdkisok @TheCredibleHulk

Ya' know, TDK, coming from you, I'll take that as a compliment.

And I retract my first comparison. You make Bucky look like a fucking brain surgeon.

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