Milwaukee Mulligan For DNC 2020

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Andrew Donaldson

Born and raised in West Virginia, Andrew has since lived and traveled around the world several times over. Though frequently writing about politics out of a sense of duty and love of country, most of the time he would prefer discussions on history, culture, occasionally nerding on aviation, and his amateur foodie tendencies. He can usually be found misspelling/misusing words on Twitter @four4thefire.

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  1. The DNC encouraged Denver to bid for the 2020 convention. (Given that would be only 12 years since the 2008 convention, I figure they wanted a stalking horse.) Bids were due before the final dates were set, so Denver submitted a tentative bid. By the time the DNC set the final dates, Denver had to withdraw because most of the facilities the DNC wanted to use were already committed for that week.Report

  2. Avatar Marchmaine says:

    Good Choice. Having narrowed it down to Milwaukee, Houston, and Miami… *not* picking Milwaukee would have been worse than never considering it at all.Report

  3. Avatar North says:

    A sound selection. I’m pleased with this pick.Report

  4. Avatar Jaybird says:

    Some Democrats had been concerned that choosing Milwaukee would open the party up to Clinton jabs, which Republicans immediately started making on social media.

    Not every criticism that every Republican might make about the Democrats choosing to visit Wisconsin is necessarily a valid criticism, but the attitude that criticisms that have a pretty good point at their core are better off avoided than addressed is, like, so dumb.

    Is there a reason that the Democrats wouldn’t want to say “We messed up by not campaigning here”?

    I mean, other than “but Republicans will mock us for acknowledging that!”?Report

    • If I were on the DNC, I’d be worrying a whole lot more about the possibility of a complete hotel snafu. Milwaukee is not that far above the DNC’s minimum requirement for area hotel rooms — much closer to the cutoff than Charlotte was — and there has been concern expressed that they are short on the type of luxury hotel space demanded by the donor class.

      If Milwaukee can’t handle this, it is likely to be a long time before the convention goes anywhere that isn’t a large conference-destination or tourist-destination or both.Report

      • Avatar North says:

        Yeah I certainly hope they’re working the logistics issue pretty hard.Report

      • Avatar Kolohe says:

        ” there has been concern expressed that they are short on the type of luxury hotel space demanded by the donor class.”

        I thought in this age of Warren AOC populism, the donor class was being told to sit on a Shotz beer bottle?

        edit – I guess there’s no getting away from that big Hasenpfeffer Incorporated money.Report

        • Avatar Michael Drew says:

          I certainly hope that the response to the concern about luxury hotel rooms that Michael articulates was “Good. There are fine Best Westerns and Hotel 7s in every town between here and Cottage Grove, and then more luxury rooms in Madison.”Report

          • Avatar Jaybird says:

            Fozzy Bear had a great line in The Great Muppet Caper during a scene set in a Fancy Schmancy restaurant:

            “You’d think a classy place like this would put pretzels on the table.”

            That said, what counts as luxury to you and me probably wouldn’t count as luxury to the people we’re talking about.Report

  5. Avatar Pinky says:

    “The jokes will write themselves.”

    What jokes? This state should have been an easy win for the Democrats, and it ended up a very close loss. As such it’s a good choice.Report

  6. Avatar Burt Likko says:

    I’m partial to the town of my family’s roots, to where I return roughly every other year or so despite my thoroughly west coast identity. So I’m pleased to see non Wisconsinites pleased with the choice as well. Suffice to say that not only does Milwaukee boast the largest music festival in the country (I know, JazzFest, SXSW, Coachella, Bonnaroo — but Summerfest rocks) and the best bar in America (don’t worry about finding the password, you can get in without one with a simple demonstration of trustworthiness).

    More importantly, the venue will force Democrats to demonstrate they take the concerns of the Midwest and manufacturing workers seriously. Let’s hope they rise to the challenge.Report

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