Friday, February 17, 2006

A Party In The Neighborhood?

This is a longshot, but since it's in the news this morning, we'll pretend that it might actually happen:

Pittsburgh is among 31 cities the Republican National Committee invited to bid for the right to host the party's 2008 convention, where delegates will nominate their candidates for president and vice president. That puts the city in the same class as Philadelphia, Atlanta, Houston and San Francisco.
We're already in the same class as those cities. They all have major league baseball and football teams, too. I'm not sure that stirring the political pot would be such a good idea. Pittsburgh hasn't been Republican friendly in over seventy years. The city's present leaders are much younger than that; the Democratic party is the only one they know. The Republican party is alien to everything that they have been raised to believe. As born lefties, they have a rather confused view of what the right is all about. With leadership like that, why would Pittsburgh even consider hosting a gathering of what many would consider to be THE ENEMY?
Could a solid-blue Democratic city like Pittsburgh ever host thousands of red-state Republicans?

If it improves the city's fortunes, yes, said Dick Skrinjar, spokesman for Mayor Bob O'Connor -- a Democrat, like each of his predecessors since the New Deal in the 1930s.

"When it comes to the green, we are neither a red or a blue area," Skrinjar said.

Now, who's the party of greed again? Which side is supposed to be all about the money? This admission from the spokesman is stunning in its sheer honesty. But you know, he does have a point, and it's one that the Republicans ought to seize on. If the RNC comes here, and the money flows into the city like Niagara Falls, then perhaps some of the locals could be convinced to change their ways. The party would have one week to show that Republicans can improve the local economy and really turn things around. Hey, it might work.

Oh, who am I kidding? They won't receive a warm greeting from the locals. The Republicans will be about as welcome as Danish cookies in a Saudi grocery. There's too much of an undercurrent of left-wing street protest. This is another thing that puts Pittsburgh in the same class as those other, aforementioned cities. No matter where the RNC holds its convention, you can be sure that there will be no shortage of odiferous scumbag hippie protestors clogging the boulevards. Take a look at Zombie Time's San Francisco photo albums. Do we really want Pittsburgh to turn into that?


jipzeecab said...

Maybe the most interesting thing about this post is the discovery that Dick Skrinjar (former spokesman for PennDot) has jumped out of the kettle into the fire. Has he lost the "hard hat"?

Here's what Pittsburgh lacks that Philadelphia and New York had which helped them attract the GOP... First class hotel rooms. It's nice we've got the new Convention Center but it will be many, many years before we have the type and quantity of hotel accomodations one of these gatherings requires.
I do believe that if they could handle it Pittsburghers would be good hosts to the RNC. There is something unique about people raised in Western PA which you don't find in other Eastern cities, call it common courtesy and consideration..something like that.. I realize we've seen the left turn out some really raunchy protesting demonstrators in the last 5 years but not in the massive numbers other cities have been able to raise.

Nicko McDave said...

Yes, and it's a shame, too. I remember when the first David Lawrence Convention Center was built; I was about 13 years old at the time. There was a big opening expo touting the success of Renaissance II, and it looked like Pittsburgh was really trying to turn itself around. I have never been as impressed with the city as I was that day.

Within ten years, it had become more and more obvious that the city didn't have the space inside or outside the Convention Center to handle something on the magnitude of a major political party convention. It was a bit of a shock to me that this almost brand new building was demolished to make way for a larger structure, but that's the way of progress.

The article made it sound like the only way that Pittsburgh could handle such an affair right now would be to seek lodging for the attendees all over Allegheny County and surrounding areas. Can you imagine the traffic nightmare that would ensue? that's something that Dick Skrinjar knows a thing or two about. It would come in handy if he could find a way of diverting the out of town protestors who would inevitably show up.

jipzeecab said...

They'd all camp out at the Point..