GOP, you have strayed too far to the right, both politically and on the map of the US. You must return to the center politically and to your roots in the center of the country. Lincoln was nominated in 1860 in the Wigwam convention hall in Chicago. The structure no longer exists, but the site along the Chicago River is still there. I could see it from my office window along Wacker Drive during my first full-time job. The GOP will never be a successful, national party again at the presidential level until you retreat from your extreme, right-wing positions.
Before the advent of mass air travel, many political conventions were sited in Chicago because of its convenient location. If you meet there in 2016 and beyond, you will be safe from hurricane, tornado, flood, earthquake and fire. Chicago has not had a major fire since the Chicago Fire in 1871. Mother Nature has been sending you messages which the climate deniers among your sponsors prefer to ignore. Bush’s second term was destroyed by his response to Katrina. McCain’s convention was delayed by Gustav. Romney’s convention was delayed by Isaac and campaign stalled by Sandy. Return to your roots, GOP, where you will be safer and more competitive with American voters.