Got your attention…did I not? Now before you go jumping to conclusions and getting your skivvies in a bunch, this blog is not about politicians or political parties. After all, I‘m a Southern Belle who hails from the great state of Kentucky (“Go Wildcats”), whose mother heeded the advice that one should never mix religion or politics with one’s business…and I shall not start now. Well, maybe…baby.
Las Vegas, Nevada Correct: Neh-VA-duh (a as in add) Wrong: Neh-VAH-duh (a as in odd), has now gone legit in the world of presidential politics. Our desert oasis that was once shunned like a leper on a Hawaiian island is now embraced like a Steve Jobs “Love child” as the “epicenter” of all things POTUS.
THE HOME OF CHAMPIONS
Las Vegas, in particular Caesars Palace of yesteryear or MGM’s Grand Garden soon to be yesterday’s news have always been the homes of champions especially when it comes to pugilists and prize fighting. The “sweet science” that was showcased at premier Strip properties has now been trumped by the sport of politics. The names of Ali, Holmes, Leonard, De La Hoya , and Mayweather have now been replaced by Trump, Clinton, Busch, Sanders, and Rubio. And that’s the way it’s going to be for these next two years, so get used to it.
Case in point the most recent first Democratic Debate held at Wynn Resort. That little ruckus proved to be less exciting than a main event. When Hillary Clinton finally faced 74-year-old socialist Bernie Sanders and the other less-than-memorable cast she not only survived, she accomplished what she needed to do. She looked like a contender. When what little dust was kicked up had settled, the media proclaimed Hillary the winner by unanimous decision. She probably was. However, the audience for the Democratic debate was roughly 10 million less than for the Republicans. Speaking of which…
LET’S TALK ABOUT THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM
Fresh on the heels of the announcement of the Democratic presidential debate in Nevada in October, the state GOP immediately posted on its Facebook page that the Republican National Committee was planning its own Silver State debate in December. Nevada is an early caucus state and a major focus of the crowded Republican presidential field. Details are still being worked out as of this penning, although my sources state the date is confirmed for Tuesday, December 15th. Las Vegas DMC companies all rejoice in unison for this fabulous news!
Donald Trump always boasted about his ratings for “Celebrity Apprentice.” Now he can say the same thing about his first three presidential debate appearances. August’s prime-time GOP candidates’ forum on Fox News Channel reached a stunning 24 million viewers, by far the largest audience ever for that network and any cable news event. The second GOP debate was the highest-rated event in CNN’s history, and CNBC’s Republican primary debate averaged 14 million viewers, setting a new record for the business news channel (if you can call it a news channel) but falling far short of the totals for the earlier debates this year.
The Nielsen ratings reaffirm that the GOP debate slate is one of the most popular shows of the fall (sorry ‘Sleepy Hollow’). I guess that means: Donald…”YOU’RE HIRED!”
One can only imagine the ratings bonanza that will be wrangled post NFR here in Las Vegas mid-December. The eyes of the world will most certainly be tuned to the Republican Jingle Bell Rumble in the Desert. As a Las Vegas DMC, we eagerly await the opportunity to add this event to your list of entertainment choices. After all, nothing could beat this smack down other than Ronda Rousey!
THE FINAL COUNT DOWN (if you’re the band Europe, that’s what you do)
This leads us to the General election debate schedule. These are still a very long way off, but the Commission on Presidential Debates has already announced the dates and planned locations for its fall 2016 general election debates.
- September 26, 2016: First presidential debate in Dayton, Ohio, at Wright State University
- October 4, 2016: Vice presidential debate in Farmville, Virginia at Longwood University
- October 9, 2016: Second presidential debate in St. Louis, Missouri, at Washington University in St. Louis
- October 19, 2016: Third presidential debate in Las Vegas at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
They saved the best for last, as it is only fitting that the Entertainment Capital of the World hosts the grand finale/ World Series/ Final Four/ Super Bowl of presidential debates to a NFL-level audience. “Welcome to the big leagues, tune in or ship out.”
And Election Day 2016 is Tuesday, November 8…