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October 22, 2014

A GOP Convention in Vegas? What Could Go Wrong?

Please, please, please make this happen: the Nevada Host Committee’s effort to bring the 2016 Republican National Convention to Las Vegas.

The group, which trumpets the involvement of Nevada Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki as its figurehead, wants to lure Republicans from across the land to Sin City to nominate the party’s presidential standard-bearer in the next election.

“Las Vegas is the number one convention destination in North America. We do it better than anyone else in the country,” Krolicki said in a release.

They have a point, noting that Vegas hosted more than 21,000 conventions last year and has almost 150,000 hotel rooms. For those of us who have suffered through Charlotte, N.C.; Tampa, Fla.; St. Paul, Minn.; and Denver, the thought of not having to drive 50 miles from a hotel to the convention site is quite appealing.

And, for journalists, at least, what could possibly go wrong when you have public officials that close to gambling, 24-hour drinking opportunities and, ahem, adult entertainment, complete with ready-to-go wedding chapels? If you’ve seen “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” “The Hangover” or “Mars Attacks,” you can rest assured nothing but good can come from a visit to the desert.

  • DonQuixote109

    What’s not to like – The *Moral* Minority meets Sin City?

    One of their Big Gun supporters heads up one of the Casino Syndicates, right?

    “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.”
    I somehow doubt the city’s tag line would survive the week.

    But, then again, they have been forewarned – Poor Prince Harry’s “in his own room behind closed doors, just another group of soldiers letting off a little steam before deployment” expose’ is fair warning.

    Sarah and Michelle doing Pole Dances?

  • Igor Shafarevich

    Where laws and regulations are used to restrict ways of doing things to those currently known, those restrictions prevent people from trying new ways of doing things and thus prevent innovation and technological advance.

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