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2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland

The 2016 Republican National Convention will be held in Cleveland, Ohio... yay...
The 2016 Republican National Convention will be held in Cleveland, Ohio… yay…

The GOP has chosen to hold the 2016 Republican Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.  Party officials are debating between June 28th and July 18th, but the city has been set.  This is nearly a month and a half to two months earlier than the 2012 Republican National Convention in Florida; which was held from August 27th through 30th.  If you haven’t been following anything in the Republican Party with all the Obama scandals that have been dominating the news cycles over the past 6 years, you’ve missed a lot.  The GOP is pushing for a more aggressive primary schedule to end these demolition derby presidential primaries and allow us more time to rally behind our candidate before the General Election.

The choice of Cleveland isn’t going to tickle many Republican National Convention goers.

Sorry, whenever I think of Cleveland, this is what comes to mind.  On the bright side, since nobody is going to want to go, I stand a slight chance of being one of the delegates… of course, that would only be a bright side if I didn’t get shot.

All kidding aside, the choice of Cleveland is actually pretty well advised.  First of all, it’s not Detroit.

Secondly, and almost as important, Cleveland is suffering tremendously under the failed policies of the Obama administration; which have utterly destroyed any chance of industry returning to the city or any community along what is today known as “The Rust Belt.”

If the GOP establishes clearly what a Republican President with Republican policies can do for a city like Cleveland, including the number of jobs we would enable the free market to make, it gives us a chance to win a lot of blue collar workers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and across the country.  Of course, by holding the 2016 Republican National Convention in June or July, there’s a good chance nobody is going to remember that message and policy ideas we establish in Cleveland by the time November rolls around.

To be totally honest, I question what good a host city really does in the General Election.  In 2004, the GOP held their convention in New York City less than three years after the terrorist attacks on 9/11.  That rallied the county around the national security platform of President Bush and reminded everyone of John Kerry’s questionable credentials on the matter by his conduct after Vietnam and disrespect for our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan; which he still hasn’t really apologized for.

New York wasn’t in play, but it sent a very good message to the Republican faithful, the country, and the world.

Cleveland… I guess if the 2016 campaign is going to be about jobs and economic policy… but you have to package that message so well that people don’t forget for a moment what we believe or why we believe it works.

But at least it’s not Detroit.

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Kevin Tracy is an Air Force veteran, terrorism/counterterrorism expert, and jack of all trades. KTracy's day job is designing electrical systems for new fossil power plants and environmental solutions. On the side, he keeps a blog, fundraises for political candidates and the St. Baldrick's Foundation, writes and illustrates comic books, and studies foreign affairs in depth.

5 thoughts on “2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland”

  1. Argh. You can’t help sniping at Detroit. This is one reason I can’t be a Republican any more — it’s utterly embarrassing to be associated with people like Rush Limbaugh and you who can’t let an opportunity to bash Detroit go by.

    There are many hopeful things happening in Detroit — things that a conservative would celebrate. People taking responsibility in their own neighborhoods. Private investors revitalizing the downtown. Youth gardens where children from generational poverty are learning what it means to work hard and earn a paycheck.

    But you guys don’t celebrate that; you bash it every chance you get.

    1. When more people there start paying their water bill, I’ll be more impressed by Detroit. I live not far outside Gary, IN and that city has many of the same problems as Detroit. There is a plethora of cultural problems in those cities that need to be addressed before serious, sustainable change can happen.

      1. You actually are remarkably nuanced on urban issues. But it’s such a conservative cliché… every nut from Detroit gets plenty of ink and airtime, while the people who actually are in the trenches here get ignored except by World magazine. Ten protesters make international news complaining to the UN about water shutoffs, but fifty neighbors who boarded up hundreds of houses, created acres of urban farms, operate two youth owned gardens, patrol their own neighborhood, all without government money or support, are lumped in with the conservative narrative about Detroit being a hopelessly dependent city. I could tell hundreds of similar stories. If conservatism ideals are true, Detroit is an excellent place to prove them. But the ideals probably won’t get a hearing until the spokespeople stop bashing their intended audience.

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