A GOP Convention in Vegas? What Could Go Wrong?

Jason Dick
Posted October 29, 2013 at 5:32pm

Please, please, please make this happen: the Nevada Host Committee’s effort to bring the 2016 Republican National Convention to Las Vegas.

The group, which trumpets the involvement of Nevada Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki as its figurehead, wants to lure Republicans from across the land to Sin City to nominate the party’s presidential standard-bearer in the next election.

“Las Vegas is the number one convention destination in North America. We do it better than anyone else in the country,” Krolicki said in a release.

They have a point, noting that Vegas hosted more than 21,000 conventions last year and has almost 150,000 hotel rooms. For those of us who have suffered through Charlotte, N.C.; Tampa, Fla.; St. Paul, Minn.; and Denver, the thought of not having to drive 50 miles from a hotel to the convention site is quite appealing.

And, for journalists, at least, what could possibly go wrong when you have public officials that close to gambling, 24-hour drinking opportunities and, ahem, adult entertainment, complete with ready-to-go wedding chapels? If you’ve seen “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” “The Hangover” or “Mars Attacks,” you can rest assured nothing but good can come from a visit to the desert.