Getting the Republican convention could be a mixed blessing


Cleveland makes every effort to shake off its image as just another decaying rust-belt city with nothing to offer and the city takes every chance it gets to improve its image. So when it snagged the Republican convention this year, it was hailed as a great coup because you would have media from all over the world coming to cover it and the city would get to show its good side.

The city likely expected the convention to be like all other conventions, where the actual business conducted is boring and so the stories by the visiting media would extend to soft pieces about the parties, sightseeing, and other activities that delegates indulge in to relieve the tedium and would showcase what the city had to offer. So the city has gone all out to make itself look good, giving its airport and downtown major makeovers as part of that effort.

But if the attempt to stop Donald Trump extends all the way to the convention and it becomes a contested one that leads to all manner of infighting and even riots, then the image might not be that good.

Seth Meyers looks ahead at what could be a tough time for Cleveland at the Republican convention.

Comments

  1. StevoR says

    Cleveland makes every effort to shake off its image as just another decaying rust-belt city with nothing to offer

    Doesn’t it still have an Indycar race & track? It certainly used to many years ago.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Prix_of_Cleveland

    I remember watching one of those on Aussie TV in early morning hours back when Michael Andretti was racing Indycars before he briefly drove for McLaren in the F1 cxhampionship

  2. says

    Ah, c’mon, if the cops can handle – you know, ‘other races’ rioting like they did in Baltimore and Ferguson, you can be sure they’ll be there with their sniper rifles and armored cars and gas, for the republicans. Right?

  3. G. Priddy says

    Cleveland used to host an Indy-car race, but hasn’t for many years. It was held on the runways and taxiways of Burke Lakefront Airport, located adjacent to downtown, and closed (obviously) to air traffic during the car race.

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