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Cleveland choice portends Rob Portman for President

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Who want another Ohio President? All of the past Ohio presidents have been Republicans except one:

  • William Henry Harrison (Whig)
  • Ulysses S. Grant
  • Rutherford B. Hayes
  • James A. Garfield
  • Benjamin Harrison
  • William McKinley
  • William H. Taft
  • Warren G. Harding

William H. Harrison was the first to die in office (from pneumonia). Grant established Yellowstone National Park. Hayes won on the Electoral Vote and was the first to permit women to argue cases before the Supreme Court. James Garfield was shot six months into the first term and died. Ben Harrison signed the Sherman Antitrust Act. William McKinley was assassinated in his second term. Taft filed suits against large corporations. Harding died in office from a heart attack.

Score: 2 died in office from disease, 2 were assassinated (50% died in office). Several might be considered uncharacteristically Republican progressives.

In previous reports about Rob Portman, he scores fairly well as a presidential candidate. He is a fellow who can get along in a bipartisan environment. He can change his mind. That would worry some Tea Party Republicans. He is conservative in the sense that he probably wouldn’t be a legislative activist. He would tend to do nothing, like Republicans seem to want to do while in office.

When Republicans selected Cleveland, Ohio for the national convention, one must wonder what’s up with that? Cleveland is still having a difficult time of it economically. Even though its governor, John Kasich, is from Cleveland. Republican governors in Ohio have done little to spark the economy.

It is the mild manner that might be politically attractive. Speaker Boehner is from Ohio. He used to appear mild mannered, and emotional to the point of having public crying spells. That wasn’t attractive.

Anthony Bourdain seemed to enjoy Cleveland when he visited once. He was treated to the city by a former comic strip writer Harvey Pekar who has since passed away.

Someone should have told Republicans that Cleveland is a Democrat city. The GOP should have its Convention in Cincinnati where Republicans live. They could have confused the issue by having the convention in Columbus that is often split.

“Republicans go all in on Ohio

By Rebecca Shabad

Cleveland Picked to Host 2016 GOP Convention

A Republican committee has picked Cleveland to host the GOP's 2016 national convention. The decision could mean big business for the city. (July 9)

Republicans are betting on Cleveland to turn around their 2016 fortunes in the perpetual swing state of Ohio.

The party on Tuesday announced it would hold its national convention in the industrial heart of Ohio, a state that no Republican since Abraham Lincoln has lost while winning the presidency. Cleveland was declared the winner over runner-up Dallas by a 12-member site selection committee.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said only Cleveland could accommodate the party’s desire to have the convention begin on either June 28 or July 18. The venues and hotel rooms were not available in Dallas at that time.

But their choice of the often-maligned city was also a clear political calculation.

“Ohio is always the crucial state to win for either party to win the White House. That will be no different in 2016,” Ohio-based Republican strategist Mark Weaver told The Hill.

The Buckeye State has factored prominently in every modern presidential election race. President Obama won its 18 electoral votes in 2012 and in 2008, when the state had 20 electoral votes.”

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/211658-republicans-go-all-in-on-ohio#ixzz36ynUWqyt

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