Cleveland will be the location for the 2016 Republican National Convention, beating out competition from Dallas and placing the nomination of the party's future presidential candidate in an important swing state, chairman Reince Priebus announced Tuesday.
“As goes Ohio, so goes the presidential race,” the Republican National Committee chairman said in a Fox News interview.
Republican officials said that the likely date for the convention will either be in June or mid-July of 2016, much earlier than the 2012 Republican convention, which was held in August in Tampa, Fla.
“A Cleveland convention offers our party a great steppingstone to the White House in 2016, and I’m encouraged by the committee’s recommendation. The team from Cleveland has gone above and beyond the call of duty and I think they’re representative of a city eager to show the country all the fantastic things they have to offer,” Priebus said.
“The RNC set a new standard for conventions during this process,” he added. “Not only will the convention be held earlier in 2016, but there are also substantial guarantees in place for funding that put us well ahead of previous conventions and will give our nominee the best opportunity to succeed.”
However, not everyone was thrilled with the announcement, the decision being met Tuesday on social media with mixed emotions.
But there are several reasons why Cleveland is a better choice for the RNC convention than Dallas, which is admittedly wealthier and more Republican.
Here are a few:
Look, the RNC convention will take place in either June or mid-July. Do you have any idea what the weather in Dallas is like during those months?
Hint: Ohio is generally cooler than Texas, which is about a bazillion degrees during the summer. So stop complaining about missing out on convention heatstroke, future attendees.
7. Wild Thing
Cleveland is the setting for the classic baseball comedy “Major League.” If you can't appreciate that, you should probably consider self-deportation.
Cleveland is also the the setting for the “Drew Carey Show,” which, of course, starred noted comedian and libertarian Drew Carey. So let that be the first step in uniting the libertarian and establishment wings of conservatism.
Also, there is a show called “Hot in Cleveland,” which no one cares about, starring Valerie Bertinelli, who is unremarkable. But she is Eddie Van Halen's ex-wife and few things scream American ingenuity and innovation louder than the “Frankenstrat.”
Also, the Van Halens immigrated to America. So something, something immigration reform (just play along, okay?).
5. It has a hell of a theme song
English rocker Ian Hunter's 1979 “Cleveland Rocks” has served as the city's anthem for more than 30 years. It's a scientific fact that few American cities can brag of having as good of a theme song (Yes, New York City has Frank Sinatra covering Liza Minnelli and Detroit has KISS. What's your point?).
4. Dallas, the alternative
We can't stress enough how awful Texas is in summer.* Also, Dallas is full of people in goofy hats and big, silly boots, which is a dealbreaker for people who prefer not to look like rodeo clowns.
But on a serious note:
Ohio is an extremely important swing state. This is not new. It's probably not a bad idea for the RNC to start off the 2016 campaign on a good note in an important state and try to branch out there.
Ohio is part of the rust belt and is located near coal country, two areas that embody American industry and raise questions about the long-term health of the U.S. economy. Republicans like to brag about job creation, yes? So why not go to an area where job loss and lagging industry are very real and very relevant issues?
Again, Dallas is doing alright. That city can host some other time.
Party conventions pump a lot of money into their hosting cities and Cleveland, in the midst of a revival of sorts, would likely welcome that. The RNC convention could set a good example to Cleveland, injecting in some welcome revenue, and perhaps win over some much-needed support from voters in an important swing state.
*Full disclosure: I was born and raised in the Midwest, so I clearly know what I'm talking about. All day, every day.