The 2016 Republican National Convention will be held in Cleveland, Ohio at the Quicken Loans Arena July 18-21, 2016.
The Republican National Committee (RNC), the convention will host approximately 2,470 delegates and 2,302 alternate delegates from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and five territories.
The convention will also include approximately 15,000 credentialed media—an international press corps second only in size to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games—as well as a global audience that will witness a front row seat online thanks to our Internet and social media efforts.
Nearly 120 staffers will eventually live, dine and shop in the Cleveland area in preparation for the 2016 Republican National Convention. And roughly 50,000 people are expected to visit the Cleveland area during the gathering.
Well, this is the strangest experience that I may ever encounter – today I’m off to the RNC in Cleveland, Ohio. Made possible by one of the delegates from Hawaii who has the opportunity to invite as many as four guests to accompany her to this surreal event. It is my first – and most certainly my last – but in so many ways this will be a first for all participants given the unexpected turn of events that places Donald Trump at the forefront of the Republican Party’s nomination for POTUS, 2016.
Already I have experienced Act 1 of the drama, stemming from a barrage of pre-RNC hostile, and snappy email exchanges done with attack dog style from some of the Hawaii delegation, while making sure that everyone on the email list was cc’d to enjoy every spewing invective. What a way to start the journey, contentious as it may turn out to be, with a torrent of wild and accusatory exchanges demonstrating a level of belligerence, self-righteous indignation and intolerance not typically demonstrated by Hawaii folks.
And so with this prelude, I am wittingly venturing into the vast unknown for the sake of adventure and to experience an activity that I would have never imagined attending.
Accordingly, I have been told to KEEP MY MOUTH SHUT during the RNC by many of my friends who know me, and my tendency to spew out inappropriate and ill-timed pronouncements. I suppose this is good advice for me to stay out of trouble. And perhaps it is the reason I’m blogging the experience. Perhaps if I can ventilate my impressions and frustrations in my blog, I will be less likely to get into trouble real time. Indeed, there is no taking back the spoken word. Blogging allows you to consider what is written, and to edit, re-edit and re-re-edit.
Still I’m not sure if I will have any friends at the RNC other than my long-term friend PDH. He is the husband of the delegate that invited me. I will stick closely to him at all times expecting him to show me the ropes and provide me with necessary council.
Yes, this will be an experience of a lifetime. And the events will engrave an indelible mark on American History. I just feel so darn defeated by the selection of candidates that have gifted us their presence. Meandering from a leader who will interpret any event to match his ideology no matter what the facts are, to possibly one whose ideology is made up spontaneously to suit his mood, or more likely to one whose ideology can be adjusted to match the audience in order to achieve her ultimate goal. From all indications, this RNC will be a dress rehearsal for one 4 years from now when the Republican party will have a viable candidate to rally behind....…..or is that expecting too much?