The Republican National Convention that nominated Donald Trump for the presidency of the United States has come to an end.
Clevelanders are happy that things will return to normalcy as street barriers are lifted, the heavy law enforcement presence ends, and throngs of delegates, media, and protesters clear out of town.
Although the residents of the Cleveland metropolitan area are happy that the big show is over, they are still seething over the decision by Ohio Republican Governor and failed GOP presidential candidate John Kasich’s decision to avoid the convention that he strove so hard to clinch for his state. Many area residents believed that if Ohio had a Democratic governor, he or she would have, at the very least, shown up on opening night to welcome the convention goers to Ohio. Kasich’s political career is now effectively over with new blood now taking over the reins of the GOP.
Trump’s official nomination has spelled an end for the political families who have dominated Republican politics for over 70 years maintaining influence over national Republican politics.
There were no Bushes, Romneys, or McCains present at the convention.
Richard Nixon’s son-in-law Ed Cox was present as the chairman of the New York Republican Party and former Senator and 1996 GOP standard bearer Bob Dole were at the convention but the other big names from the past were visibly absent. Not far from the Quicken Loans arena ia a building emblazoned with the name Rockefeller.
New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller was a GOP primary hopeful in 1964 who found himself bested by Arizona upstart Barry Goldwater. The present GOP rift has been likened to the 1964 schism, which resulted in the beginning of the end of the liberal wing of the Republican Party. Trump’s victory over his opponents has turned the GOP into a conservative populist party with political overtones once championed by Pat Buchanan, Ross Perot, and former Minnesota independent governor Jesse Ventura now being advanced by Trump.