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    What Happens if Democrats Have to Cancel Their July Convention Due to Coronavirus?

    What Happens if Democrats Have to Cancel Their July Convention Due to Coronavirus?

    If Republicans have to cancel their national convention in August, it would disappoint many people but it wouldn’t matter nearly as much, politically.

    The Coronavirus crisis has shut down public life, and bans on large gatherings could extend well beyond the end of April. The 2020 Democratic National Convention is scheduled for July 15th. What happens if it has to be canceled?

    Given the number of people involved, rescheduling it for a later date would be a nightmare. Canceling it could be a political disaster. What if they hold it and people get sick?

    David Siders of Politico looks at the big political picture of the Democrat effort to oust Trump in the age of Coronavirus:

    How coronavirus blew up the plan to take down Trump

    For many Democrats, it’s the election of a lifetime. Yet the question preoccupying the party for several days this month was whether their presumptive presidential nominee, Joe Biden, could get the webcast working in his rec room.

    It was a telling obsession, one that revealed the extent of the party’s anxiety as it comes to a nail-biting conclusion: Despite all the arguments Democrats have crafted and all the evidence they have amassed against Donald Trump, his reelection is likely to rise or fall on his handling of the coronavirus crisis and its fallout alone.

    “It’s the most dramatic example I can think of in my lifetime about how you cannot control the agenda,” said Les Francis, a Democratic strategist and former deputy White House chief of staff in the Carter administration.

    The most fascinating part is when Siders focuses on the Democratic convention:

    One problem for Democrats is that the nation’s battle with coronavirus — and Trump’s position at the center of it — may go on for months. The party’s marquee political event, the Democratic National Convention, scheduled for July, is the subject of contingency planning in case the coronavirus still precludes large crowds from gathering. DNC officials said last week that planning is moving forward for the Milwaukee event. But many Democrats are doubtful — and fearful of a worst-case scenario in which the pandemic upends the Democratic convention, but not the Republican gathering the following month.

    “It matters for this reason,” said Bob Mulholland, a DNC member from California. “That Thursday night speech by our nominee could be seen by 50 to 60 million Americans, most of them who haven’t paid a minute of attention to the primary. That’s the conversation that takes us to winning.”

    He said, “If we have to cancel and Trump has a convention with 40,000 people screaming and yelling … that’s an advantage to Trump, because nobody saw us except some text they got, and then they watched Trump.”

    Jay Jacobs, chairman of the New York Democratic Party, suggested last week that Democrats should at least consider putting their convention off until late August. Even if the coronavirus pandemic has eased by late spring, he said, “everybody’s going to be absolutely exhausted.”

    Would Democrats try to hold the event remotely on television and the internet with people making speeches in studios? Joe Biden has already proved this is not one of his strong suits.

    What happens if Biden still doesn’t have the required number of delegates? Will they try to settle this with the voting app that failed them during the Iowa primary? So many things could go wrong.

    No convention would mean no speeches from Obama, Warren, Bernie, or celebrities. The adoring media coverage of those speeches would also be non-existent.

    If Republicans have to cancel their national convention in August, it would disappoint many people but it wouldn’t matter nearly as much, politically.

    There wouldn’t be any dispute over the nominee, and as an incumbent, Trump has the advantage of near constant media exposure.

    This March 14th tweet from the Democratic Convention’s official Twitter account is the most recent word on the subject. It looks like they’re still going forward for now:

    That could easily change and it will have huge implications if it does.


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    oldgoat36 | April 1, 2020 at 6:04 pm

    Funny, when mentioning that the video-conferencing wasn’t Biden’s strong suit, I was stuck trying to come up with something that wasn’t a negative that WAS his strong suit.

    The man is pervy, creepy, not very bright on his best days – which are long past. Reality is Biden is a politician who benefited from stupid voters who never bothered looking at the man himself, only the party, and that served this creepy, handsy, strange man well for a long time.

    He lies. Steals other people’s work and pretends it’s his own. Was not a great student in a meh level law school. Never really worked as a lawyer because he is like Bernie, lazy.

    And those are his best qualities.

    At least he wouldn’t have that strange wooden wacky face during the festivities of a coronation at a convention like Hillary did. So, there is one more plus for the dementia man.

    I work with people who schedule conferences currently. They do it for a living. All the conferences are being rescheduled. NOBODY is scheduling a conference for April, May, June, July, August, or September. The earliest ones I know of are being scheduled for October and November and people are being tentative about them. The July DNC conference is not happening. A lot of attendees are older people. Nobody will want to put their life on the line to listen to or participate in an event celebrating Joe Biden. Or anyone else for that matter. Not even the Bernie Bots. They may have to do the Democratic convention virtually to at least get someone nominated to start pushing. Given Biden’s early dementia, that may work for them.

    The August 24-27 date of the Republican Convention is also probably too early. It will likely be pushed to later. That is not a big deal in this situation.

      SuddenlyHappyToBeHere in reply to Alpha. | April 2, 2020 at 3:47 pm

      We just need a viable vaccine before the general election. And then make sure Repubs get it first and, then, whoops, we’ve run out, dang it!

    Aarradin | April 1, 2020 at 10:39 pm

    Given the fact that Biden is their likely nominee, having 50-60 million people watch him fail miserably at reading a teleprompter at their convention would not only sink his campaign before it started but destroy the hope of dozens, probably hundreds, of other D’s down-ticket across the nation.

    If D’s want any chance of Biden not costing them the House, or any chance of retaking the Senate, they should keep him as far from the public eye as possible. No debates, no live appearances, no TV interviews. Just scripted, edited, pre-recorded statements from his home.

    hopp singg | April 2, 2020 at 1:18 am

    “But Ms. Hillary, the whole plan was to replace Joe at a brokered convention. Now what do we do?”

    Demonized | April 2, 2020 at 9:03 am

    The DNC has no intention of running Joe Biden, never did.
    Brokered convention, unfortunate incapacitation, or just a plain old coup. The real democrat candidate is waiting to enter the stage.

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