I'm spending part of today at the Republican National Committee's winter meeting, where the big story that only (for now) junkies care about is the selection of a 2016 convention city. The contenders: Cleveland, Columbus, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Denver, and Kansas City. The hardest sell, arguably, is coming from Las Vegas, whose boosters have paid for conference Wi-Fi—click it and you are prompted to watch their promo video.
Runner-up: Phoenix. I was highly encouraged to attend tonight's Phoenix party, at the hotel where the conference is happening, which will feature "entertainment by RYAN INNES of NBC's 'The Voice.' " Until then, I found satisfaction in the campaign's dynamic logo:
Denver's push is almost as sophisticated (is that the word?), and its merch table includes this nonsubtle reminder of the sorts of voters Colorado offers.
Up next: a lunch speech by Mike Huckabee.
TODAY IN SLATE
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