If Republicans are going to steal the convention from Donald Trump, could they do me a favor and move the convention to DC as well?
Because Cleveland has enough problem of its own without having its good name associated with political larceny.
If the Republican Party is going to be of the Washington insiders, by the Washington insiders, and for the Washington insiders, hold the convention in Washington.
Cleveland is a beautiful city with a fine history. The American petroleum industry rose there, as Ohio rests on a sea of oil underground. Rockefeller entered the business in 1870. Within 15 years he controlled the industry through efficiency as he drove the price of kerosene down from 25 cents a gallon to 8.5 cents in 1885. The only people "hurt" were his competitors. They didn't teach you that in school, but it is true. He was a devout Baptist who created a foundation to do good works.
The rationale behind denying Trump the nomination is that most Republicans did not vote for him in the primaries and caucuses. Indeed, the polls (such as they are) show he has 43 percent support, Cruz has 30 percent, and Kasich has 19 percent.
This means 57 percent did not vote for Trump -- 70 percent did not vote for Cruz and 81 percent did not vote for Kasich.
But this is not about democracy. This is about the non-profit conservatives and the Conservative Commentariat in Washington (and New York) keeping their relevance. Trump threatens the Donor Class, which just happens to underwrite the tax-exempt foundations and publications that employs most of the Never Trump crowd. They do not want us, with our Tea Party ways and expectations that Congress actually stand up to the president.
I cannot stop the Republican National Committee and its friends from wrecking the Republican Party and turning America into a one-party state -- Democratic.
But I can ask them to move their political suicide to Washington, where it belongs. Cleveland does not deserve this shame.