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The RNC just announced that the choice for the location of the 2016 convention has narrowed to two cities: Dallas and Cleveland.
My choice, as I’ve mentioned before, was Detroit, which represents, tragically, the failure of modern progressive activism. What better place to announce that there’s a better, smarter, more compassionate, more effective, and more liberating way to run things? How cool would it have been to have events in broken down factories and ruined neighborhoods, all brought to you by the Democratic party? This, the RNC could have thundered, is what we’re going to change.
But, okay, they didn’t see it my way. So now it’s Dallas or Cleveland.
I love Dallas. But I think Cleveland is the right choice. There are already rumors that Cleveland is going to lose out, which is a shame, because it, too, represents a lot of what’s wrong with progressive politics. Republicans have to try, at least, to win in the cities. They have to take their arguments to urban America, especially in states that the party has been losing in presidential elections.
My worry is that Dallas — a lovely city — represents a retreat behind the barricades. I’d be more enthusiastic about a charge over the top.