It’s a perfect setting for H.G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds”. The Republican convention in Cleveland, I mean.

An invasive species is coming to town, the place that cynics have described as the “mistake on the lake”. But it’s there that the place will have to give up that derisive title to a bigger mistake about to take place in July on the lake. As all of us have come to know him, Donald Trump will be the measure of all things. (Sorry, Protagoras, for taking liberties with your words!)

The looming disaster alone is enough to draw 50,000 visitors that have reserved every stall in town and northern Ohio. We’re told there will be 15,000 from the U.S. and global media. Rooms in some private residences are said to be going for $5,000 a week. Money doesn’t go as far as it used to.

Much of the worrisome talk now is how to secure Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland from feverish uptight Trumpers and Trumpettes who will be there to make America great again and God help anybody who tries to stop it. The Plain Dealer has reported that Trump advisor Roger Stone has called on thousands of Trump supporters to come to Cleveland to “Stop the steal.” That, of course, refers to talk that another mysterious GOP candidate (or two) might dare find their way to Ohio to symbolically pin a tail on their battered elephant.

Stone is not taking anything for granted, warning on Internet radio “we’re going to have protests, a demonstration” the Plain Dealer reported. ” We will disclose the hotels and room numbers of those delegates who are directly involved in the steal. If you’re from Pennsylvania , we’ll tell you who the culprits are. We urge you to visit their hotel and find them.”

In the several conventions that I covered. Room numbers were passed out to delegates on the town for private pleasures.

Police are trying to tamp down the fears with greater forces available but hardly enough. But they know better than to walk away from it like Ohio’s GOP chairman Matt Borges. True to his calm mainstream path, he said troublemakers will be dealt with “forcefully”. He said his experience in politics has taught him to “tune out harassment”.

Oh, in naked truths from an unofficial participant, some delegates and visitors may try to relieve the pressure of the moment by taking in the outdoor landscape of 100 nude women assembled by Spencer Tunick, a New York artist, on a Cleveland site. He’s seeking volunteers and isn’t promising that he will make America great again.

 

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