Phil's Rambling Rants
Why did Columbus lose?|
Columbus lost the bid because Japan ran a good, strong campaign and had the confidence of a lot of the SMOFs long before Columbus decided to bid in the first place. For every person who voted for Columbus because they were much more likely to go to Columbus than Japan, there were more who said, "Japan!" or someone like me, who voted for Japan even though I was more likely to go to Worldcon in Columbus by orders of magnitude.
It's not that people thought Columbus couldn't do it. It's more that Japan was in the race long before Columbus decided to run and Japan never, ever stopped running hard and people thought that Japan could do it better.
At least, that was the sense that I got.
This pretty much pegs it.
The fact that Columbus got into the bid late had a lot to do with it.
The fact that Japan has provided detailed reports and results from its national convention for years also increased familiarity with the Japanese committee.
In North America, few cities win a bid without either a history or a successful NASFic run by the committee. If Columbus were to run a successful NASFic, they would be assured of a WorldCon win.