Cleveland Rocks (the RNC’s world)

Look out, Cleveland, the storm is comin’ through/ And it’s runnin’ right up on you…

The Republican National Committee’s Site Selection Committee on Tuesday named Cleveland as its recommendation to host the 2016 Republican National Convention. The RNC and the city now enter into exclusive negotiations on the details, and the recommendation will be presented to the full 168-member RNC when it meets next month in Chicago.

“Cleveland is a phenomenal city, and I can’t think of a better place to showcase our party and our nominee in 2016,” Site Selection Chairwoman Enid Mickelsen said in a news release. “Cleveland has demonstrated they have the commitment, energy, and terrific facilities to help us deliver a history-making Republican convention.

The committee previously had narrowed the field to Cleveland and Dallas, but Ohio’s battleground-state status probably helped Cleveland carry the day.

The Band’s “Look Out Cleveland” (quoted above) is a bit of a downer lyrically, so one assumes the RNC will also open negotiations with Ian Hunter for the rights to use his song over… and over… and over again…

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Elwood

    I won a contest once. First prize was a week in Cleveland. Second prize was two weeks in Cleveland.

  • JohnW

    “Cleveland is a phenomenal city…” This is very true. One of the phenomena was when the river caught fire. I don’t suppose the location has anything to do with the fact that the GOP lost Ohio in the last two elections, Karl Rove’s predictions to the contrary. Or maybe when the GOP heard that the city is home to the Cleveland Browns, they thought having the convention there would be a good way to get the Latino vote.

  • RRSenileColumnist

    Dang! My choices were Riverside, hub of the Inland Empire, and Camden, NJ, recently adopted by Gov. Christie

  • Elwood

    Uh oh! I think the name Browns discriminates against our Latino friends!

  • It will be a storm too. Cleveland is a hot bed of Kommie activity from the radical lawyers guild HQ Located in Cleveland, the home base of the committees of correspondance for the communist movement in America is a short ride away in Cincy, radical labor movement leaders, plus an assortment of Leninists, Maoists and other unsavory characters active in the nearby universities around Cleveland and Akron (dont forget 4 dead in Ohio at Kent State).

    shades of Chicago in 1968

  • JohnW

    Tell that to the clowns greeting the busses in Murietta with chants of “USA, USA” in their Uncle Sam get-ups. Friends of the runner-up for the CA GOP nomination for governor.