Denver, St. Paul Share Long Convention Histories
The two cities hosting this summer’s national party conventions — Denver and St. Paul — have surprisingly long-standing roles in the political histrionics that is the presidential nomination process, two of our sister sites note.
Today at Colorado Independent, Naomi Zeveloff observes that local historians are getting their spectacles all fogged up over the fact that August’s Democratic convention is coming exactly 100 years after that city hosted Democrat William Jennings Bryan’s nomination to run against William H. Taft.
Meanwhile, Minnesota Independent’s Andy Birkey combs through the history of Minneapolis’s 1892 Republican convention (Benjamin Harrison! Four more years!) to find that, while a lot has changed in American politics, just as much has stayed the same. Then as now, Birkey writes, the GOP decided to convene in Minnesota "to tint a purple state a few more shades of red."