The balloons have deflated. The confetti has been swept away. The elephants are back to doing whatever it is they do.
Now that the GOP convention site selection committee has wrapped up its four-city tour, where do the competing cities — Denver, Dallas, Kansas City and Cleveland — stand?
No one knows. Anyone who says he or she knows is fibbing.
But what good is punditry if you can’t make an educated guess?
No good at all. So here’s a rough ranking of where the cities might be, along with pros and cons for all of them.
Caution: this is pure speculation, based on conversations, committee statements, reading, and sticking a wet thumb in the air (I picked Cincinnati as the favorite in the round of six, fwiw):
I would. And despite their denials, so would the GOP. Travel times to Cleveland would also be shorter, on average, than to the other cities.
Dallas, like Denver and Cleveland, can’t hold the convention until mid-July, and GOP chairman Reince Priebus would prefer June. Dallas is hot in July.
Kansas City is the only city available for the June date, what Priebus called “a nice little nugget.”
Oh, and you can buy pot in Denver.
So there you go. The list could change: all the cities appear fairly close. The committee will have to balance competing and conflicting interests — is the heat in Dallas a bigger problem than hotel rooms in KC? How can you gauge that?
A decision is expected in August. But the actual choice may come in the next two or three weeks: by the 4th of July, the party will likely narrow its choices to a couple of cities.
Then the pencil-pushing begins, with an announcement to follow.