So, the convention schedule is firming up:
A few thoughts on this: first off, yes, that's significantly earlier than from the previous two election cycles (as Dan McLaughlin is noting here). In 2008 the Democratic convention was held from August 25th to the 28th, and the Republican convention was held from September 1st to 3rd. In 2012 the GOP held ours from August 27th to the 30th, and the Democrats had theirs from September 4th to 6th. I'm noting the dates because at first I was under the very mistaken impression that the distance between the two conventions was usually longer; but it's not, really. Presumably neither party wants to give the other one any kind of extended convention bounce.
Second: the Democrats are going to have an interesting time picking their venue. The AP reports that the choices for them are NYC, Philadelphia, and/or Columbus. I don't really think that picking any of those will actually give the Democrats more votes, but I also think that the Democrats have pretty much already decided on Columbus for other reasons. It's an open question whether NYC is going to be in any kind of shape to hold a convention after another year of Bill de Blasio - imagine how the city might look if the Mayor/NYPD feud goes on for another year - and Philadelphia is... not what it was. A very historically significant city with a proud civic history, but... well, at least they're not Detroit*. It also is an easy train ride from NYC for any screaming protesters native to Gotham, while Columbus is not. And yes, that's a consideration.
Lastly: if anybody next year complains about how strange this election season feels to him or her, this would be why. It's been a while since we had conventions this early. It may be long overdue, but it's still out of the ordinary. I wonder how the election cycle will look with an extra month of full-bore campaigning by both candidates?
Moe Lane (crosspost)
*Yes, I know that since Cleveland is where we're having our convention, this is a somewhat ironic video to use. However, it's good to have a bit of a laugh, no?