A DNC source passes on a message from Tim Kaine, who is announcing today the date of the 2012 Democratic National Convention: It's planned for the week of Sept. 3, 2012.
Cities interested in hosting the convention — reportedly including Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia and Phoenix — had to submit letters of interest by Jan. 11, and a DNC official said the committee is now going through a bid process that "will take months."
The only date the Democrats could have chosen at this point, but, for the same reasons the Democrats had the better date in 2008, the GOP has the better date this cycle. The Democrats will have to go up against the start of the NFL season, back-to-school in the north-east, and a cranky media not happy with losing their Labor Day weekend. But, of course, if the DNC had taken my advice almost exactly 4 years ago, this could all have been avoided.
Update: Here's the statement from Tim Kaine:
I am excited to announce that the Democratic Party will gather for our 46th National Convention during the week of September 3, 2012. At the convention, we will re-nominate President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, and re-affirm our party’s values of equality, inclusion, diversity, and respect.
At the Democratic National Committee and across the country, we are looking forward to showcasing our principles on a world stage, and continuing our proud history of fighting for justice and equal opportunities and representing the interests of working Americans.
Wherever you are during the week of September 3, 2012, I hope you’ll join with us in promoting our Democratic agenda and re-nominating President Obama and Vice President Biden.