The Republican National Committee has announced their final recommendation of host city for the 2016 Republican National Convention: Cleveland.
The decision makes sense on paper.
For starters, no GOP president has ever won the White House without winning the battleground State of Ohio. Furthermore, every presidential candidate who has won the coveted endorsement of Ohio's newspaper, The Plain Dealer, has gone on to win the presidency.
Cleveland also boasts The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with a glistening waterfront on the shore of Lake Erie, one of the Great Lakes of North America. Most importantly, Ohio represents 18 coveted electoral votes.
A view of downtown Cleveland, which has been chosen for the 2016 Republican National Convention, on July 8, 2014 in Clevland, Ohio. The 2016 event will be held at the Quicken Loans Arena.
However, while Republican National Chairman Chairman Reince Preibus and his staff are arguably some of the best leaders the party has had in decades, I doubt anyone has ever said, "Gee, I can't wait to go to the Republican convention in... Cleveland."
The choice seems to be a safe bet and a nod to strategy from the past, rather than what is truly needed for the long-term survival of the GOP: a long-term look down the road to where the battle is headed next.
Texas would have been a better pick because over the next 10 years, Texas is going to be where the fight for our future is. If we as a party ever lose Texas, there won't be a Republican president for the next 30 years.
Democrats have historically been better than Republicans at planning protracted battles.
For example, Democrats in Colorado constructed "The Blueprint" in another battleground state - Colorado - and worked feverishly yet patiently for a decade to flip that state from red to blue. Prior to the election of President Barack Obama, Colorado had sent a Republican to the White House for 76 years straight. (By the way, if you haven't read it, you should: "The Blueprint: How the Democrats Stole Colorado (and Why Republicans Everywhere Should Care)."
Democrats are attempting to execute the same game plan in Texas. The first Texas-sized trial balloon in the Lone Star State was the infamous filibuster by abortionist Wendy Davis in the State Capitol.
TheBlaze Magazine covered the issue of how the Democrats want to turn Texas purple, or even blue, ahead of the 2016 election. Photo Credit: TheBlaze Magazine
We are now seeing the second wave of attacks on Texas as the Obama Administration floods the state's borders with illegal immigrants, seemingly punishing that state for its decades-long conservative views. If you're looking for a state that holds the attention of America now, Texas is it.
Texas is also where the jobs are. For a solid decade now, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been luring jobs away from states like California, creating new technology corridors in areas like Austin, Texas. It's become a model for job creation. Texas is where it's at.
But no matter.
Now that the RNC has named a host city, we will all get behind the choice of Cleveland; after all, unity is key for a party that may soon face a tough Hillary Clinton candidacy. With the RNC's professional and aggressive communications team, you can expect a star-spangled convention where no detail will be left undone - no matter where the convention is held.
And if Republicans nationally choose a stellar presidential candidate, the conversation over location will become simply a logistical detail.
For now, at least we can say Republicans are hot in Cleveland.
Jennifer Kerns is a branded contributor to The Blaze and other publications where she writes about the 2nd Amendment, the future of the GOP, limited government battles, religious liberty and other political hot topics.
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