The Republican Party and the conservative press, led by Glenn Beck, are going all in with their opposition to Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Olympics. Media Matters has put together a great compilation of these assaults against what would be one of the most profitable and distinguished events in the next decade in the United States.
Of course, President George W. Bush supported this bid. From a White House press release:
THE PRESIDENT: I want to thank the members of the 2016 Chicago bid to get the Olympics. Listen, Mr. Mayor, you and your committee have put together a great plan. It’s a plan that will make America proud.
They say that the Olympics will come to Chicago if we’re fortunate enough to be selected, but really it’s coming to America, and I can’t think of a better city to represent the United States than Chicago.
This is a well thought out venue. There will be — the athletes will be taken care of. People who will be coming from around the world will find this good city has got fantastic accommodations, great restaurants. It will be safe.
And so I — this country supports your bid, strongly. And our hope is that the judges will take a good look at Chicago and select Chicago for the 2016 Olympics.
Well it turns out Chicago just got knocked out of consideration for the 2016 Olympics. It’s what it is. But what is most shocking is how the Republican Party actively and forcefully rooted against America from winning the honor and treasure that comes with hosting these Olympic Games. They rooted for America to fail and that’s what happened.