That event, which is supposed to unify the party for the crucial months before the November election, will be held July 18-21. The party is far from united. The leading candidate Donald Trump continues to throw verbal grenades into crowds. Those not in the party are quite angry at those in the party. And this could continue to be an unusually hot summer.
The worst-case scenario is that the RNC, Cleveland 2016 mirrors the horror of the DNC, Chicago 1968. The medium of television captured the brutality by law enforcement inflicted on protestors. Obviously, the Democrats came off looking bad. Chicago was a Democratic machine town.
Now there are photo-taking and video-making on smartphones and postings on Twitter/Facebook/Snapchat/Instagram. Brandname bloggers could also pitch in.
Already, the Jones Day Law firm has announced that it is closing its office in downtown Cleveland during the RNC. Lawyers will work remotely. Jones Day is representing the Make America Great Again campaign. Part of that entails navigating the possible challenges to the delegate credentials at the RNC. Jones Day partner William McGinley heads that up.
If there are unruly altercations - or worse - in Cleveland, the GOP can come off, as the Democrats did in 1968, looking bad. The GOP won the 1968 election, putting Richard Nixon in the White House.
The Democrats can learn from history. In order to win, they could be willing to present a dignified, graceful, unified image at the DNC. That could send the message: We know how to both lead and manage. The GOP can lose everything in November - the White House, U.S. House, U.S. Senate, state offices, local ones.