The GOP is headed to Cleveland for the 2016 Republican National Convention, but not everyone is happy about it. Reactions from journalists and other political observers on Twitter ranged from snarky to sarcastic, with plenty of skepticism that the city could accommodate the huge influx of people.Many remembered the transportation and hotel woes that have plagued other convention cities, including both Tampa and Charlotte in 2012.
Looking forward to my Hilton Garden Inn stay in W. Va for the Cleveland convention.— Laura McGann (@lkmcgann) July 8, 2014
Save on plane fares! If DNC chooses Columbus, it's only a cheeky 46-hour walk between the two convention sites.— Teddy Schleifer (@teddyschleifer) July 8, 2014
RNC says it is official - Cleveland is host of 2016 convention. Two years to fill potholes.— mark naymik (@marknaymik) July 8, 2014
Note that official song of #RNC2016 in Cleveland will NOT be "Paradise by the Dashboard Light."— Paul Singer (@singernews) July 8, 2014
Others mocked the city’s recent sports disappointments, especially after Lebron James bolted the Cavaliers for the Miami Heat. James is now a free agent and could actually head back to Cleveland if the price is right, but the city's woes in basketball, football and baseball were too hard for some to resist.
LeBron James returns to Cleveland in 2016 as the Republican Presidential Candidate.— Bill Squire (@billsquire) July 8, 2014
I'm sorry Cleveland, but getting the GOP convention is really not gonna help you get LeBron back. #RNC2016— Travon Free (@Travon) July 8, 2014
Also, Cleveland finally won something competitive.— David M. Drucker (@DavidMDrucker) July 8, 2014
So who will be drinking champagne with Johnny Manziel two years from now in Cleveland?— Mark Murray (@mmurraypolitics) July 8, 2014
The 2016 Republican nominee will announce his running mate on a 30-minute ESPN special— daveweigel (@daveweigel) July 8, 2014
While Ohio Republicans have been busy promoting the city, highlighting its restaurant scene, prime Lake Erie location and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, journalists suggested they aren't looking forward to the visit.
Already thinking up excuses to miss Cleveland convention in '16. I think that I broke something, or I have a cold. Anything....— John Bresnahan (@BresPolitico) July 8, 2014
Upside of Cleveland 2016: a field trip to Great Lakes Brewing Co. is definitely happening.— Rebecca Berg (@rebeccagberg) July 8, 2014
Woohoo we're going to Cleveland! - nobody, ever— john r stanton (@dcbigjohn) July 8, 2014
This post was updated on July 9 at 5:50 p.m.