They…Don’t Wanna Play Sin City

Yes, an anti-apartheid song reference in the title to the post. You’re welcome. Oh, I should explain why it’s there. The Republican National Committee is considering having their 2016 national convention in Las Vegas and some major Christian leaders have written a letter to Reince Priebus telling him not do that.

Some of the heaviest hitters on the religious right are pressuring GOP leaders to cross off Las Vegas as a potential host city for its 2016 convention, warning that putting the next convention in Sin City will harm the party’s image and drive away supporters…

The leaders sent a letter last week to Republican chairman Reince Priebus, putting him on notice that picking Vegas would generate friction. They call the city a “trap waiting to ensnare. … What could go wrong? The answer is obvious.”

Leaders from the religious right who have joined the effort include Tim Wildmon, president of the American Family Association; Phyllis Schlafly, founder of Eagle Forum; Andrea Lafferty, president of the Traditional Values Coalition; Paul Caprio, director of Family-PAC; and James Dobson, president of Family Talk ministry.

“The GOP is supposedly interested in reaching out to conservatives and evangelicals. Maybe that’s just a front, but if they really mean it this is not the way to do it,” Dobson said Tuesday. “Even though Vegas has tried to shore itself up and call itself family-friendly, it’s still a metaphor for decadence. There’s still 64 pages of escort services in the yellow pages. … You can’t have it both ways.”

But think of how convenient that will be for David Vitter and so many other Republican politicians and officials. It’ll be like the AVNs with Gideon Bibles.

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  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    It should be an opportunity for them to show their moral strength, by not doing all those naughty things!

  • Larry

    That loud sighing you hear is from the hookers and titty bar owners in LV realizing a huge business opportunity is slipping through their fingers.

    And I don’t believe that LV is marketing themselves as “family-friendly”. Ten years ago, they did have an ad campaign that tried to portray Vegas as a family resort but it didn’t work and they killed it. The current What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas hardly speaks to bringing the kiddies.

  • http://www.gregory-gadow.net Gregory in Seattle

    Not sure what they are complaining about: the Talibangelicals can protest the vice by day, and indulge in it by night, same as always.

  • Synfandel

    They’re afraid that innocent delegates will be lured away by the siren song of of that foreign temptress, Céline Dion.

  • Nick Gotts

    What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas – Larry quoting LV ad slogan

    …as long as you keep up with the payments!

  • rmsc

    I guess they don’t won’t Sheldon Adelson’s money anymore either, do they?

  • dingojack

    Nick Gotts – and the antibiotics & topical cream.

    😉 Dingo

  • http://timgueguen.blogspot.com timgueguen

    I wonder how many escort service ads there are in the Washington, DC phonebook.. Perhaps they should get their asses out of there before they’re tempted.

    Semi off topic, but Ed might be interested to hear, if he doesn’t know already, that Phil Ivey is being sued for cheating…at baccarat. http://www.cbc.ca/news/phil-ivey-poker-pro-sued-by-atlantic-city-casino-for-alleged-cheating-1.2607745

  • dugglebogey

    The great thing about Las Vegas is the freedom to do a lot more things legally than other places in the country.

    But I guess Republicans hate freedom…

  • Christoph Burschka

    The punchline is Sheldon Adelson’s campaign donations.

  • petemoulton

    Marcus Ranum @ #1: yes, they could show their moral strength, if they had any. But…they’re republicans. The morally strong need not apply.

  • Cuttlefish

    Remember last time, in Tampa? The local strip clubs and bars were making special preparations, and reaching out to the GOP delegates. http://freethoughtblogs.com/cuttlefish/2012/08/24/republicans-looking-to-pitch-their-big-tent-at-tampas-strip-clubs/

    The only difference is, Vegas won’t have to import nearly as many sex workers as most convention sites have. They are already prepared.

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    I wonder how many escort service ads there are in the Washington, DC phonebook…

    Most of that action has moved to the web. There are plenty of titty bars in DC, too. You know politicians – what’s wrong for you is OK for me…

  • dingojack

    For the convenience of the PoG Organising Committee:

    ‘Escort Services’ hits using Yellow Pages™:

    260 New York, NY

    132 Las Vegas, NV

    102 Atlanta, GE

    85 Chicago, IL

    84 Los Angeles, CA

    71 Oklahoma City, OK

    68 Denver, CO (It’s not the ‘Mile High city, for nothin’)

    64 Memphis, TN

    63 San Francisco, CA

    56 Virginia Beach, VA (who are they kiddin’?)

    54 Boston, MA

    41 Portland, OR

    32 New Orleans, LA

    31 Salt Lake City, UT

    27 Atlantic City, NJ

    17 Albuquerque, NM

    17 Columbus, OH

    15 Kansas City, KS

    15 Louisville, KY

    14 Philadelphia, PA

    13 Columbia, SC

    5 Jackson, MS

    Just to get you guys started!

    Dingo

  • dingojack

    timgueguen – according to Yellow Pages: 34.

    Hope that helps with your vacation planning,

    :) Dingo

  • Childermass

    Is same-sex prostitution legal in Vegas? This is the Republican con after all.

  • colnago80

    Re Childermass @ #16

    Actually, prostitution is illegal in Las Vegas and Reno, although it is legal elsewhere in the state.

  • jefferylanam

    No prostitution is legal in Vegas. Only in the rural counties. You have to drive a while or get a limo to take you over the county line. I don’t think they have male prostitutes for male customers at any of the Nevada brothels.

  • colnago80

    Re #13

    There used to be several gay bars in Southeast DC which were forced out by the new baseball stadium.

  • Sastra

    “The GOP is supposedly interested in reaching out to conservatives and evangelicals. Maybe that’s just a front, but if they really mean it this is not the way to do it,”

    Well, my understanding is that the Republicans are starting to regret tying themselves so strongly to the Tea Party and the Religious Right, two groups notorious for simplistic thinking, ideological extremism, and an inability to compromise. They’ve turned into a liability.

    Maybe the GOP knows exactly what they’re doing here.

  • Chiroptera

    “The GOP is supposedly interested in reaching out to conservatives and evangelicals.”

    lol

    Yeah, I’m glad that the GOP is showing interest in reaching out after ignoring the conservatives and evangelicals for so many decades.

  • jba55

    “There’s still 64 pages of escort services in the yellow pages. … You can’t have it both ways.”

    With 64 pages of escort services I’d bet (see what I did there?) you can have it as many ways as you can afford.

  • busterggi

    Now wait just a minute, I heard Lindsey Graham hisself only last week, on an interview, proclaim that Sheldon Adelson was exactly like a member of the Southern Baptists. Surely Vegas must be like the seconde Jerusalem to all good Baptists.

  • naturalcynic

    Century Link Yellow Pages for Las Vegas:

    0 entries for “escort services”

    Pages of “Entertainment” 24

    including 10 single ad pages

    4 pages of 18-20 ads per page

    the remainder a mix of large ads and columns

    16 columns of small print entries including many duplications of larger ads

    also approximately 25 columns of churches & synagogues

    and roughly 40 columns of attorneys

    and 14 columns of air conditioning

  • beezlebubby

    Usually, when the RNC is coming to town, grindr activity goes up noticeably.

  • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com WMDKitty — Survivor

    Vegas can be family-friendly, and there really is plenty for kids to do, as long as the parents are willing to step away from the slot machines…

  • felidae

    The real reason is that they don’t want the media and the oppo people to circulate photos of “family values” stalwarts coming out of the titty bars, around the craps tables or falling down drunk in a casino–much easier to conceal their antics in other venues

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    “They’re afraid that innocent delegates will be lured away by the siren song of of that foreign temptress, Céline Dion.”

    The horror, THE HORROR! Not even I HATE the GOP that mu…oh.sorry, yes I do.

    “There used to be several gay bars in Southeast DC which were forced out by the new baseball stadium.’

    So, where do the Moral Majority’s reps go now, in mufti?

    Looking at dingojack’s list @14 what strikes me is that Lost Wages has ONLY 132 entries compared to Sodom-on-the-Hudson’s 260; otoh, LV has a population of <600K (MSA population, circa 2.3M) whereas NYC has a population of circa 8.5M (MSA population, just shy of 20M)*. Boy, those NYers are pikers.

    * Source of population figures–Local, wiki demographics data; MSA figures from here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Metropolitan_Statistical_Areas#United_States

  • dingojack

    Remember – Those are only those advertising in the Yellow Pages as ‘escort services’, not all businesses (and individuals) providing those kinds of services. Also several of those cities had Gay Yellow Pages, I didn’t consult them (I’m sure some GoP members would avail themselves of such services).

    Dingo