Saturday, January 13, 2007

Democrats Choose Denver to Host Convention in 2008

I'm a little late on this one but as most of you know Denver, Colorado was selected to host the
Democratic National Convention in 2008. Being a Democrat living in Colorado I couldn't be happier. For far too long the mountain west has been "fly-over country."

While no one was paying attention to the west it was becoming more and more progressive:

In 2000, all eight mountain states had Republican governors; now five governors are Democrats.
Colorado is one of those states that now has a Democratic governor. The Dem's control both the state House and Senate and four of the seven Colorado Congressional seats are held by Democrats. In addition, one of the two senators from Colorado is a Democrat. Colorado is turning more and more blue and the Democratic Party couldn't have made a better choice. Especially since Colorado is often seen as the regional center of the mountain west.

the financial, governmental and transit hub of the mountain states.

In addition, Colorado and the other Mountain states have always had a strong independent, moderate streak to it and that means the state is a goldmine of undecided voters. It's a great place to show the country that Democrats really do have a big tent:

The convention also would give national Democrats a chance to showcase the moderate, fiscally conservative Democrats who have gotten elected to office in Colorado and the Intermountain West, not just the East and West Coast liberals.

“The truth is, the Republican Party for the last 20 or 30 years has successfully painted Democrats as something they weren’t,” Democratic National Committee Chair Howard Dean said in making the announcement. “I would argue most Democrats are ... independent minded, fiscally conservative.

“Remember, it was Democrats that balanced the budget in Washington five, six, seven, eight years ago, not Republicans. And Republicans haven’t done so since.”

There are also a lot of progressive minded people moving to Colorado with the attraction of the environment centering around the mountains/national parks and over 300 days of sunshine throughout the year.

The city of Denver is one of the cleanest, little-big cities in the country. There are a lot of great restaurants, micro-pubs and entertainment opportunities (especially the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and the many comedy clubs). Not to mention all the professional sports teams that one can check out. There always seems to be some sporting event available to attend all year round.

And August is the best time of year in Colorado so come and visit us out here in the west!!! If you do, send me a note and I'll meet ya for coffee.

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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

James - I think with the addition of your new museum and the center for performing arts Denver is going to become more than a ski destination. I was there last July and had some fabulous food. I even did an homage to your fair city Rocky Mountain High

JoeC said...

That's a gorgeous photo of the Denver skyline. I didn't know the state was becoming so progressive...cool. Looks like the convention committee made a great choice. Of course, their requirements are so much different from the Republican convention committee who's first criteria is: Will there be enough prostitutes? :-)

http://nymag.com/nymetro/news/rnc/9681/index.html

james said...

FashionGirl:

I really like the architecture of that new museum. Unfortunately I have yet to go inside and check it out. I will soon though. I forgot about the great restaurants in the Mile High City.

Great post on Denver. Thanks for the plug!!

Joe:

Yeah I love the sunsets in Colorado. And seeing the contrast between sky scrapers and snowy mountains in the back really shows off Colorado's essence. A progressive, modern city that is close to raw nature.

Anonymous said...

I'm not that far away ... in Phx. If we are ever up that way, I'll definitely drop you a line.

I definitely like the turn a lot of these western states are taking. For the longest time, we only had one Dem congressman. Now half our contingent are Democrats ... plus we have a Democratic governor.

james said...

Dbackdad:

Yeah the west is the place to be in the next election. It's an exciting time to live out here.