September 14, 2012
By Dusty Nix Brace for the fire and brimstone, Democrats. You didn't invite the Big Guy to your party in Charlotte. Sodom and Gomorrah were a carnival compared to what you're in for. No need for a recap of the whole silly flap over the Dems' decision to remove the word God from their platform statement, then put it back in. But you can say this for the Democrats: They're consistent in their stunning political tone-deafness. From a purely practical standpoint, not invoking the name of the Almighty is a nonissue.
August 20, 2012 |
Voters, those with proper ID and otherwise, did you know that there are U.S. Senate races in our region this year? True, in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, even adorable Delaware. Understandably, you may be distracted by the presidential campaign. You may be wondering why, during the dog days of summer, the political parties decided to hold their national conventions in the charmless sweatboxes of Charlotte and Tampa. Not so long ago, potentates chose these quadrennial locations with their stomachs, opting for such gustatory playgrounds as San Francisco and New Orleans where, if you ask me, conventions should be held in perpetuity.
August 22, 2004 |
Max Boot is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations Bush supporters are furious that some liberals have the temerity to accuse the President of misusing terrorism alerts for political purposes. Kerry supporters are equally steamed that some conservatives are questioning whether Kerry really performed all those heroic acts in Vietnam. Charges of negative campaigning fill the air like confetti at a political convention. Much of this, of course, is nakedly self-serving.
July 26, 2004 |
Jet fighters thundered and helicopters thumped over the convention center yesterday. Sand-filled dump trucks blocked most approaches. Black-uniformed state officers and camouflage-uniformed military police clutched automatic weapons. At one point, three guards and two bomb-sniffing dogs sat in the otherwise empty Louisiana section of the FleetCenter. The dogs' names? "Can't tell you," an officer replied. "We're trying to keep the dogs on a low profile. " This is what it's come to as the Democratic Party prepares to open its four-day convention today inside fortresses encircled by eight-foot-high black iron fences.
April 20, 2004 |
Worried that terrorists have been emboldened by the recent train bombings in Spain, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge warned yesterday of possible strikes against Americans at coming events, from the debut of the World War II Memorial to the national political conventions. "With so many symbolic gatherings in the next few months, we must be aggressive," Ridge told radio and television broadcasters in Las Vegas. Other "targets of opportunity" that terrorists might be eyeing, Ridge said, are the Summer Olympics in Athens, the U.S. presidential election, the International Monetary Fund meeting in Washington, the June economic summit of wealthy nations in Sea Island, Ga., the July 4 holiday, and the 2005 presidential inauguration.
January 18, 2003 |
Now appearing at the Convention Center for an extended run: smash-mouth mayoral politics. Republican candidate Sam Katz floated a proposal for the troubled building earlier in the week, with a twist. He said Democratic City Councilman Michael Nutter - one of Mayor Street's harshest critics - should become chairman of the Convention Center's board. Reacting quickly, Street vowed a suit to overturn the state law that recently seized control of the center from the city. Then, two trade unions allied with the mayor said they would pull out of an agreement aimed at ending the labor disputes there.
March 10, 2002 |
At the close of the Republican convention in 2000, Mayor Street exuberantly vowed that the city would bid for the Democrats' convention in 2004. But with a crucial Democratic deadline weeks away, city leaders have yet to decide whether the region wants to assemble enough players to orchestrate another political convention. "It's the mayor's call," said David L. Cohen, a politically connected city lawyer who helped direct the region's effort to land and manage the 2000 Republican National Convention.
August 1, 2001 |
Last summer, a jubilant Mayor Street, buoyed by the city's success in hosting the Republican presidential convention, vowed that he'd bring the Democrats to town in 2004. "The moment it's over," Street told the Philadelphia Daily News, "we're going to start gearing up to go for the Democratic convention four years from now. " So far, that convention drive hasn't gotten out of neutral. This summer, while other cities - most of them past convention bidders - are already clamoring to put their names in the running for both 2004 political conventions, Philadelphia's voice is nowhere to be heard.
February 12, 2001 |
You could see from a block away that something big was happening at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. A police car flashed its lights on the corner. Stretch limousines and SUVs poked their noses into the drop-off area, which was aglow with light. An excited crowd, held in check by yellow plastic tape, strained for a look at disembarking celebrities. "I saw Mike Tyson; I saw Mike Tyson," squealed Shonda Pender, 29, who, with her 6-year-old son, Shaunbrdrk, had squeezed to the front. Only marginally impressed with the former heavyweight champ, the boy was watching for a bigger star in his mind - a wrestler.
December 31, 2000
CONVENTION LEAVES PHILA. LOOKING GOOD, MOSTLY When Edward G. Rendell returned from the Democratic National Convention in Chicago 1996, the mayor wanted to give Philadelphia the same chance to shine. He put his sidekick, David L. Cohen, on the case and appointed Karen Dougherty Buchholz, a top-notch saleswoman, to make a strong pitch for a political convention. Either party would do. As usual, no one thought Philadelphia had a chance. But an aggressive, thorough and well-researched sales effort combined with state-of-the-art facilities at the First Union Center and a major hotel-building program to bring the Republicans to Philadelphia.