Shows and No-Shows in Cleveland and Philadelphia

By Len Lazarick

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Gov. Larry Hogan and I will not be going to Cleveland this month for the Republican National Convention — but for different reasons.

Ten thousand other politicos and journalists will flock to Cleveland and Philadelphia for the staged extravaganzas that are our political conventions.

Thousands more demonstrators are expected, especially in Cleveland which is bracing for potential violence from the left, Latinos and other anti-Trump forces.

In Cleveland, there was already one lawsuit by the ACLU now settled over the usual police plans to keep the protests far, far away from the Quicken Loans Arena and out of sight of the delegates.

Real news might actually break out in Cleveland over Donald Trump, both inside the hall and on the streets, but GOP leaders will try to keep the unpredictable from happening, even with the Donald involved.