The Democratic National Committee has announced that Charlotte will host the party's national convention in 2012. That is a disappointment for all of us who worked on a proposal to bring the event to St. Louis. We would have loved every minute of the excitement - and inconvenience - that a major political convention brings.
Still, there is a bright side to all of this. We learned that we have the infrastructure, hotels, transportation, logistics, security, amenities, communications, and finances to host such an event. And that wasn't true even four years ago.
St. Louis was not selected for 2012 for reasons of electoral politics. That is a decision of the President and his reelection team. I will not fault it. St. Louis will submit a bid for a 2016 national political convention, when the electoral politics will be different.
Thanks to all who helped put together a strong DNC bid. We just aren't the South.