Days of Change

Cleveland? | July 10, 2014

The 2016 Republican National Convention will be held in Cleveland, Ohio. The host city is actually inconsequential. It doesn’t even increase the chances of the state going for a presidential candidate and picking the wrong city (like Tampa in 2012 or the DNC in 1968 Chicago) can lead to disaster. I would like to see the GOP hold the convention nowhere and everywhere at once, as a virtual event, but that won’t happen.

Conventions are part of a process where primaries replaced proverbial smoke-filled back rooms for candidate selection. Democrats essentially threw out primary votes in 2008 by using superdelegates to anoint Barack Obama. The modern presidential convention is a party and a show. It’s a reward to delegates, party hacks who got their position through being good political soldiers. They get to party down for a week, having to show up for a vote on the last night.

I’m sure the Republicans are hoping to excite Ohioans enough to get the state to swing their way. That’s too bad, because Cleveland would be a good object lesson in how much Democrats can screw up a city. I laughed out load at these “tourism” videos on YouTube for the city. Language warning for the sensitive.

 

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3 Comments

  1. Well, the pigeons and gull are nice.

    Comment by Mary — July 11, 2014 @ 12:10 am

    • and they’re not Detroit.

      Comment by 1539days — July 11, 2014 @ 1:10 am

      • LOL

        Comment by Mary — July 11, 2014 @ 9:37 pm


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