The operatives said Phoenix was eliminated, largely because Arizona in late August reminds Republicans of their sweltering 1992 convention in Houston. And the Grand Canyon State is facing boycotts because of its new immigration law, which would not present an inviting face for the party.
Um, have these people ever been to Florida in late August? I don't think the weather is a factor -- at least in Phoenix the humidity isn't also 110. The reality is that Arizona is beginning to see there's a price for enacting ill-conceived racial profiling laws -- not getting the RNC will cost the Phoenix economy tens of millions and valuable exposure.
Actually, the RNC was dealt a bad hand period. In Salt Lake City, the GOP has been taken over by the extremists who ousted traditional conservative Robert Bennett, while Florida -- always a presidential swing state -- the delegates may be greeted by the state's junior senator, independent Charlie Crist. But even that possibility was better than endorsing the failed state of Arizona.