Samela tells us the local scoop on the Repugs attempts to derail the Democratic Convention. If they think causing some traffic jams in Boston is bad, just wait until everyone sees what holding the GOP convention on ground zero is going to do to New York.
The big local story here in Boston the last few days has been the attempt, begun by Governor Mutt Romney, to throw monkey wrenches into the plans for the Democratic Convention and create controversy around it. The Globe is giving the false controversy legs. It's a perfect example of media spin and mendacity.
Here's how it works.
Romney comes out the other day, in big front page article in the Boston Globe, and says the Dems should move their convention from the centrally located downtown Fleet Center, where it has been scheduled since last year, to the AS YET UNBUILT new Boston Convention Center in how-the-hell-do-you-get-there South Boston. The Fleet Center location will disrupt locals trying to get to work for a few days, says Gubnor Mutt. This is followed by articles in ensuing days quoting nobody 30-something Southie toughs, who are self-admittedly not Democrats, saying, yeah--the Democrats should give up their martinis at the fancy restaurants of Boston for some of the down and dirty pubs and coffee shops of South Boston. (Anyone seen Mystic River? You've got the idea.) Editorials are popping up about it, and letters to the editor.
Let's not discuss the fact that the new convention center is not yet even built and is scheduled to be completed only in June, one month before the convention. Let's not mention that a public building project in this area has never yet managed to be completed on time, even by a long shot (our local library remodel is now more than two years behind schedule in reopening). Let's not mention that the television crews would have no experience with filming in that location, whereas the Fleet Center, home to the Boston Celtics, is well known to all networks and has excellent press facilities, not to mention proximity to all the major hotels and businesses. Let's not mention that there are no hotels, restaurants, or other amenities in South Boston, nor will there be before the year 2020 probably. Let's not mention that it is a pain in the ass to get there (imo).
It's time for New York Democrats to start demanding that the Republican Convention move from Madison Square Garden because it will upset traffic at Penn Station and in the subways for 3 days. And it will create a security threat in Manhattan. That it should move to Queens. That those Republicans just want to sip their martinis at the Carlyle and stay in chic boutique hotels in lower Manhattan. Give some business to Bayside.
I'm disgusted. Another non-issue that the media is trumping up at the behest of the Republican machine ... while the real issues of the nation and world go unremarked.