Ohio is considered a vital GOP pickup this fall, as no Republican has ever won the presidency without winning here. Our midterm electionâ€™s results send mixed signals: a $40 million Big Labor smear campaign convinced Ohioans to overturn public union reform, but we also voted 66 â€“ 34% to block Obamacare.
Consistent with the whipsaw nature of this primary, polling mid-February suggested Ohio may be a lock for Rick Santorum. Quinnipiac registered a 7-point Santorum advantage in separate polls of likely voters completed 02/12 and 02/26. On 02/15, Rasmussen polling showed Santorum with a staggering 18-point lead, and the University of Cincinnatiâ€™s Ohio Poll conducted 02/16 to 02/26 indicated Saontorum was up by 11.
Heading into the February 22 Arizona debate, Santorum looked to be the last heir to the â€śnot Romneyâ€ť throne. Could he maintain enough momentum to roll Mitt Romney on Super Tuesday, despite Romneyâ€™s gold-plated ground game?
The debate was Santorumâ€™s chance to shine, but he didnâ€™t weather attacks from Romney and Ron Paul as well as he could have. Iâ€™ve been enthusiastic about zero candidates since Rick Perry dropped out; the Arizona debate finally convinced me to vote for Mitt Romney. How many other Ohio conservatives had a similar reaction to the snippy, discouraging tussle between Romney and Santorum?
Ohioâ€™s employment picture is brightening, but economic issues remain a huge concern here. Will Ohio Republicans take a chance on the author of Romneycare, or the guy barraged with questions about birth control? Whoever wins Super Tuesday and the eventual nomination, November in Ohio should be a contest between uniquely American ideals and Obamaâ€™s ideal America.
Other races to watch:
Expect Josh Mandel â€“ who is endorsed by Sen. DeMint and has already raised millions for November â€“ to be the hands-down nominee for Sherrod Brownâ€™s U.S. Senate seat.
Ohio GOP State Central Committee races have been heated. The partyâ€™s ugly power struggle continues, with Chairman Kevin DeWineâ€™s ability to work with Governor Kasich and others up for debate. If Kasich supporters win a majority of Committee seats and DeWine remains in charge, kinks in the Ohio GOPâ€™s inner workings could damage general election campaigns.
When not attacking American companies, President Obama gets downright romantic about the grand things American companies do with the Washingtonâ€™s guidance. China is frequently a source of envy (see: passenger rail boondoggles), because Chinaâ€™s statist capitalism-lite floats Obamaâ€™s boat. As Americaâ€™s most statist senator, Sherrod Brown (D-OH) is on board for anything involving more government!
President Obama knows whatâ€™s best, and seems annoyed by the democracy blocking his path. For all his worries of â€śfalling behindâ€ť autocratic China in the race to throw money at unmarketable products, we have to wonder how much of the New York Times coverage he was briefed on the week before!
In the United States, power companies frequently face a choice between buying renewable energy equipment or continuing to operate fossil-fuel-fired power plants that have already been built and paid for. In China, power companies have to buy lots of new equipment anyway, and alternative energy, particularly wind and nuclear, is increasingly priced competitively.
As in many other industries, Chinaâ€™s low labor costs are an advantage in energy.
Emphasis mine. Impromptu poll: Do you think Sherrod Brown or President Obama comprehend how expensive capital is, or realize Chinaâ€™s population and infrastructure are different from ours? Do you think they would cross Big Labor in order to compete with Chinese manufacturing in a meaningful way?
What the average person might call â€śrealityâ€ť is only a cloud of pesky details for Barack Obama and Sherrod Brown to wave aside. Green energy is A Good Thing, so taxpayers should happily spend money on green energy while coal & oil companies take their medicine and ask for more. Pipelines are right out. Sure, weâ€™ll lose the occasional half billion or so funding the endeavors of Obama donors, but thatâ€™s part of the fun!
In matters of manufacturing and green energy â€“ as with most everything else â€“ Sherrod Brown is a cheerleader for Obamaâ€™s worst Progressive tendencies. For a Senate seat the GOP can retake this November, look no further than Ohio!
Back in October, Sherrod Brown (D-OH) made one of his frequent MSNBC appearances to chat with Chris Matthews about the hot new show in town: Occupy Wall Street. Matthews and Brown seemed equally enthusiastic about the leftâ€™s answer to the Tea Party movement.
My favorite part of this clip is Sherrodâ€™s self-contradicting statement, â€śthis isnâ€™t a liberal/conservative, left or right, itâ€™s whose side are you on?â€ť Sherrod is a Progressive, you see, so heâ€™s not divisive â€“ he just wants you to pick a side, and if you pick the wrong side heâ€™s going to demonize you.
As reported in November at Third Base Politics, an Ohio conservative blog I help manage, Sherrod Brownâ€™s campaign site even used the Occupiersâ€™ â€śstand with the 99%â€ť rhetoric for an email-harvesting web petition. Occupy Wall Streetâ€™s whiny demands that government do everything are a perfect match for Sherrodâ€™s pitiful class warfare, and it seems obvious Sherrod had high hopes for the movement.
Tea Party populism is driven by anger at our government and at our country. Real populism fights for all Americans, while Tea Party populism divides us.
Republicans have always been good at coming up with catch phrases and slogans that traffic in fear and misinformation.
What changed between 2010 and 2011? Rallies against Obamacareâ€™s unconstitutional overreach â€“ for which Sherrod Brown was the deciding â€śYeaâ€ť vote â€“ were replaced by riots against The Rich. Where is Sherrodâ€™s editorial decrying the rampant violence and hatred weâ€™ve seen from the Occupiers he endorsed on television not 4 months ago?
But when Congress refuses to act and as a result hurts our economy and puts people at risk, I have an obligation as President to do what I can without them. I have an obligation to act on behalf of the American people. I will not stand by while a minority in the Senate puts party ideology ahead of the people they were elected to serve.
Emphasis mine. Obamaâ€™s â€śdo what I canâ€ť seems to get redefined daily. The proletariat cannot wait for the machinations of Wall Street swine and their purchased politicians!
From a safe distance, Sherrod strummed the same class warfare strings in a press release:
Ohio families deserve a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau â€“ complete with a Director â€“ that can stand up to the special interests and look out for Ohioansâ€™ interests.Â We asked for a fair up or down vote on Richard Cordrayâ€™s nomination. But too many senators are willing to stand instead with Wall Street, blocking a qualified nominee for the first time in the history of the Senate based on opposition to an agencyâ€™s very existence.
While avoiding an event where he might be photographed next to an unpopular leftist, Sherrod is a leading spokesman for the presidentâ€™s most contemptible Progressive policies.
Obama justified the illegal appointment of a new czar by citing regulations that should be pursued by the legislature. Remember the legislature? Itâ€™s one of those other branches of the federal governmentâ€¦ but unfortunately for President Obama, not every senator is a radical statist like Sherrod Brown.
Regardless of geographic proximity, Sherrod Brown and President Obama are peas in a Progressive pod. Based on his love for stifling central government, we might assume Sherrod learned the wrong lessons from the Russian Studies program at Yale!
Union bosses in Ohio and Washington, D.C. are â€“ oddly enough! â€“ opposed to the sensible government union reforms in Senate Bill 5. Exactly how opposed? Combine yesterdayâ€™s cash and in-kind numbers from the Ohio Secretary of State with the figures from July, and youâ€™ll see that unions have sunk more than $28 million into the campaign against Issue 2.
Out of $30.5 million dollars given to We Are Ohio since the union front group was created this spring, the overwhelming majority is directly from union bosses standing to lose a little power to Ohio taxpayers when Issue 2 passes. Itâ€™s been expensive convincing Ohioans that government union reform will destroy the middle class and return Ohio to the days of Jim Crow laws. Who has contributed the most to â€śWe Are Ohioâ€™sâ€ť dishonest smear campaign?
Ohio Education Association (state NEA affiliate): $5.87 million
AFSCME (D.C.) $3 million
National Labor Table (D.C.): $3 million
National Education AssociationÂ (D.C.): $2 million
AFSCME Local 11: $1.94 million
Communications Workers of America (D.C.): $1.5 million
AFL-CIO (D.C.): $1.5 million
AFSCME Local 4: $1.46 million
Ohio Federation of Teachers (state AFT affiliate): $1.26 million
SEIU 1199 (New York): $1 million
SEIU 1199 (Ohio): $1 million
Itâ€™s also worth noting that more than $100,000 of the non-individual Ohio contributions are from the Ohio Democratic Party, and nearly every individual donor who lists a profession is a union rep. This could prove donorsâ€™ selfless dedication to the happiness of Ohio government employees (taxpayers and cruel â€śmathematicsâ€ť aside)â€¦ but that isnâ€™t what my past few months of Ohio Education Association research would suggest!
Get the facts about Ohio Issue 2, spread the truth before November 8th, and watch this space for moreâ€¦