To be or not to be...

March 22, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

 

 

That is the question! Will Dallas be the site of the Republican National Convention in 2016?

 

From what I am reading in the Dallas Morning News, the leaders have already lined up two-thirds of the $60,000,000 (yes, that is millions of dollars) needed and would have it all a year ahead of time.  There are seven other cities vying for the brass ring, so to speak, and it seems that Las Vegas may be an archrival in the quest. 

 

Why not Dallas.... after all, this is the state of Texas, home of George W. Bush, Rick Perry, Greg Abbot, Ted Cruz... and the like.  And in true form, it is pro-Christian, pro-gun, pro-death penalty, anti-gay, anti-women, anti-fair pay, and anti-healthcare for those who have no health care insurance.  Not my choice but hopefully, we all have a vote. 

So... bring it on!

 

Now mind you, this will take place in August and our brutally hot weather is not exactly friendly at that time of the year and not only that, Dallas is not a pedestrian friendly city.  Yes... we do have lots of hotel space but only 58% of the 16,000 rooms within a 1.6 mile area that the GOP seeks according to the article.  Quite frankly, I cannot imagine walking that distance in the heat of summer.  Surely they would have to plan alternative methods to transport people in a timely manner to the American Airlines Center where the convention would take place.

 

And then there is the issue of having adequate time to plan and prepare for the security and revamp the venue for the convention.  It seems that the basketball and hockey playoffs might leave only 3.5 weeks of preparation time and the GOP would prefer 6 weeks of time.

 

Traffic is already a tangle coming into and out of Dallas and I cannot imagine what added headaches this might involve in logistics, not to mention the added responsibility of the police in an effort to have adequate security and emergency services.  It seems they barely have enough in everyday life let alone with such a huge event and the potential issues that must be faced.  The convention will undoubtedly bring protestors to the area as well.  This is a lot to deal with.  Of course the thought is, that it will bring in big bucks to the Dallas area and will bring lots of media attention to Dallas.

 

So the quest is on to see who will be "the winner" of the site of the GOP convention.

 

Update: July 8, 2014... And the winner is... CLEVELAND!  Sorry Dallas!  You are a loser this time in spite of bringing on the party atmosphere, the Dallas Cowboy's cheerleaders and a couple elephants to entertain the visiting GOP!


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