Quick Question

I know everyone has probably heard that our governor has endorsed the idea of bringing the RNC to Anaheim. What actually shocked me was when I heard on NPR that Schwarzenegger has also suggested that San Francisco would be a good location for the 2008 convention.

I’ve only been able to find brief mentions of his thoughts, like in this article:

He added that San Francisco would be a “great” site as well.

I know it’s far more likely that Anaheim would be chosen as a location, and that the Republican party in general will probably be looking closely at the way Schwarzenegger signs off on this next round of bills, but I can’t help but think about what it would be be like if the RNC came here. I mean, geez! Did anyone else notice how quiet it was this past week? Between Burning Man and the RNC Berkeley was practically empty. Every time the media quoted someone about the protests in New York, it seemed to sound something like:

Sandy McSignholder, a 32 year old protester from San Francisco…

Governor Schwarzenneger has said that it would be a boom for the economy, creating jobs, growth and local business. But, c’mon! The RNC in San Francisco? How could anyone think that would be a good idea?

2 Comments so far

  1. (unregistered) on September 8th, 2004 @ 8:14 am

    It’d be brilliant. Think how much we would save on airfares and BM tickets.

  2. cd (unregistered) on September 9th, 2004 @ 8:04 am

    From the NYC RNC coverage – it seems the economic boom from delegate dollars was turned around and put back into paying cops overtime, renting baracades, and eaten by businesses within the various safe zones whose usual customers couldn’t get to them.
    I doubt the RNC would come here – though from a hotel/facility point of view – SF is a great place for a convention, generally. It’s dense core is the kind of easy-access place more large groups like (as opposed to, say, LA, where the DNC in 2000 had a hard time finding enough hotels for everyone because that city is so spread out).
    From a political point of view – if I may geek-out for a moment – it would be very intelligent for the RNC to hold its next convention in California. It may be hard to recognize from our fogged in perspective here in SF, but a lot of the state is more conservative than you’d think (classically conservative, that is – on the libertarian side. not bogus “conservatism” as Bush runs things with growing government and deficits).
    Going into openly hostile cities – like NYC – is stupid. But winnable, friendly areas – squeaky clean and freshly landscaped – like OC – would make sense. Especially since this state wasn’t always a D stronghold and could swing back more easily than you might think.
    The Dems, then, should go to friendly parts of Florida, Ohio, any other swing state where they want to make inroads. State Dems should get their asses to the Central Valley, stat.

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