Looks like Minneapolis got the GOP convention in 2008. I live south of Cleveland, and Cleveland went all out trying to get that thing. Why (aside from the money) I don't know. I wasn't exactly keen on the idea of (a) that bunch of slimeballs bringing their dog-and-pony show to my neck of the woods in the first place, and (b) the protests (and potential riots) that would likely ensue. But all Cleveland could see was $ signs. And they (like the rest of Ohio) have got to realize that they can't fix the state's poverty and resident exodus with patchwork solutions like political conventions and gambling. The three-letter word we need most around here isn't GOP, it's J-O-B. So goodbye and good riddance to that gothic carnival. And my condolences to Minneapolis and St. Paul.