The significance of political party conventions — in this writer’s opinion — is minimal. Sure, there are some subplots regarding up-and-comers and the speaking slots they receive, the length of the boost in the polls following the get-togethers, etc. In this age of instant news and act/react before all the facts are in, however, a drawn out orchestrated party for party faithful seems to have little long-term consequence.
Where the confabs take place, though, and the reactions of the locals is of some interest. And the 2012 sites have been narrowed down for the Dems after the GOP picked its rallying point earlier in the year.
The Democrats will choose between St. Louis, Charlotte, Minneapolis and Cleveland. The political factors at play: President Obama barely lost Missouri in 2008 and earned a narrow victory in North Carolina, while Ohio seems to always be a battleground and Minnesota has stayed "true blue" in most cases.
A Republican panel chose Tampa over Phoenix and Salt Lake City. That decision is expected to be ratified next month.
Let the mudslinging begin (as if it ever really stops)!