Las Vegas is not the place for the GOP convention

Speculation abounds that the 2016 Republican National Convention will take place in Las Vegas. Some of this names Sheldon Adelson, casino magnate and major donor to GOP causes, as the reason. Richard Johnson writes for Page Six:

Las Vegas has a big advantage over the other five cities hoping to host the Republican National Convention in 2016: Sheldon Adelson.

Adelson — the owner of the Las Vegas Sands (which operates resorts and casinos all over the world, including the Venetian and the Palazzo in Vegas) — has a net worth of $40 billion, and he donated $100 million in 2012 to the campaigns of Newt Gingrich and then Mitt Romney.

“Sheldon is adamant that the GOP must go to Vegas,” said one source. Some GOPers fear that if Adelson doesn’t get his way, he’ll give a couple hundred million dollars to the Democrats just for spite.

I hope that this is disinformation, and speculate that Mr. Adelson, whose devotion to the survival of Israel is legendary, would be loath to see another Democrat elected to the presidency during a period of great peril to Israel, no matter where the convention is held. A Vegas convention couod help elect that Democrat.

The other five cities in contention are Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver and Kansas City.

There are several reasons why La Vegas is not an appropriate host city:

Handing propaganda points to the Democrats

The one-liners write themselves:

-What’s nominated in Vegas should stay in Vegas

-Don’t gamble on the Vegas nominee

-Don’t throw the dice on the Republican

-Don’t gamble with America’s future the way the Republicans did

And on and on. You can no doubt come up with your own examples.

Appearances

Now that the ideas is out there that Sheldon Adelson is demanding Vegas, going there would cement the image that he is pulling the strings in the GOP. This would open a Pandora’s Box of anti-Semitic innuendo.

Electoral calculus

Nevada has only six electoral votes, and is becoming a blue state. An in-state covention usually is worth a few percentage of the presidential vote, and there are three other states under consideration that are bigger, and where the convention bounce could better be put to use: Colorado, Missouri, and especially Ohio. I would suggest Cleveland or Cincinnati would be the top choices. How about outreach to unemployed manufacturing people or Rock and Rollers, art a Cleveland convention?

Sabotage

 Hotel and culinary workers in Las Vegas are heavily unionized in radical unions, with strong connections to Harry Reid. The possibility of sabotage can’t be ruled out. A little food poisoning could be very disruptive, or maybe a bunch of folding chairs not showing up on time.

Speculation abounds that the 2016 Republican National Convention will take place in Las Vegas. Some of this names Sheldon Adelson, casino magnate and major donor to GOP causes, as the reason. Richard Johnson writes for Page Six:

Las Vegas has a big advantage over the other five cities hoping to host the Republican National Convention in 2016: Sheldon Adelson.

Adelson — the owner of the Las Vegas Sands (which operates resorts and casinos all over the world, including the Venetian and the Palazzo in Vegas) — has a net worth of $40 billion, and he donated $100 million in 2012 to the campaigns of Newt Gingrich and then Mitt Romney.

“Sheldon is adamant that the GOP must go to Vegas,” said one source. Some GOPers fear that if Adelson doesn’t get his way, he’ll give a couple hundred million dollars to the Democrats just for spite.

I hope that this is disinformation, and speculate that Mr. Adelson, whose devotion to the survival of Israel is legendary, would be loath to see another Democrat elected to the presidency during a period of great peril to Israel, no matter where the convention is held. A Vegas convention couod help elect that Democrat.

The other five cities in contention are Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver and Kansas City.

There are several reasons why La Vegas is not an appropriate host city:

Handing propaganda points to the Democrats

The one-liners write themselves:

-What’s nominated in Vegas should stay in Vegas

-Don’t gamble on the Vegas nominee

-Don’t throw the dice on the Republican

-Don’t gamble with America’s future the way the Republicans did

And on and on. You can no doubt come up with your own examples.

Appearances

Now that the ideas is out there that Sheldon Adelson is demanding Vegas, going there would cement the image that he is pulling the strings in the GOP. This would open a Pandora’s Box of anti-Semitic innuendo.

Electoral calculus

Nevada has only six electoral votes, and is becoming a blue state. An in-state covention usually is worth a few percentage of the presidential vote, and there are three other states under consideration that are bigger, and where the convention bounce could better be put to use: Colorado, Missouri, and especially Ohio. I would suggest Cleveland or Cincinnati would be the top choices. How about outreach to unemployed manufacturing people or Rock and Rollers, art a Cleveland convention?

Sabotage

 Hotel and culinary workers in Las Vegas are heavily unionized in radical unions, with strong connections to Harry Reid. The possibility of sabotage can’t be ruled out. A little food poisoning could be very disruptive, or maybe a bunch of folding chairs not showing up on time.

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