Saturday, December 4

Unhinged Democrats

Just when it seemed that Democrats could put up a good fight in Ohio with all the intraparty warfare going on inside the Republican camp, the Democrats have now started a fight with the last group they needed to -- themselves. Ohio Democrats are calling on Denny White, ODP Chairman, to step down immediately.

Quote of the month goes to Cuyahoga County Democratic Party Chairman Jimmy Dimora, as he said

How many times do we need to get our brains kicked in before we make a change?
You can't help but ask that question.

Tuesday, November 30

What Have They Been Up To?

This will be a weekly segment where I run down all the gubernatorial candidates and what they've been doing for the past week, if anything noteworthy, as they begin their ride to Columbus in 2006. There is a whole lot of action on the Republican side and the Democratic side still can't decide if they want to decide if they want to run for Governor.

Jim Petro - The Attorney-General has recently filed a suit against a Columbus drug manufacturer, claiming that the company overcharged consumers for certain drugs. Now, I'm not one to speculate, but this is a sound political move for Mr. Petro. Not only will it be in the news now and whenever the case goes to court, meaning he will get some exposure and air-time, but it also sends a symbol to Ohio that he is looking out for the "little guy" against the big, bad drug companies. This is also the second suit Petro has filed this year against a drug company. No offense to him, but this is definately some posturing for a run for Governor.

Kenneth Blackwell - Mr. Recount in the state of Ohio right now. As Keith Olbermann reports, Blackwell has come out against Jesse Jackson, who demanded a recount "on behalf" of Sen. Kerry, this week. The more you read on in the article, the more you can tell that ol' Kenny-boy is just trying to do nothing wrong, not exactly do everything right. He knows if he slips up during his time of national exposure, he will have no chance of beating Petro or Montgomery. Very smart moves by Blackwell in all, but that doesn't mean I agree with them completely.

All the other "candidates" have been rather silent. Cong. Strickland has been busy introducing legislation over in Washington, but whether or not that has anything to do with running for governor is a bit unforeseen at this point. All and all, a slow week for the gubernatorial race.

Sunday, November 28

Democratic Chances

Here is an editorial written earlier this year. Among the most staggering (and most correct) claims from the author is that

All things being equal, the next governor of Ohio should be a Democrat.

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But there's something else these Republicans also know: Things are far from equal in Ohio, because the very same Democratic powers who will spend 2006 trying to end 16 years of Republican rule are utterly clueless as to how to get the job done.
This is perhaps the most frightening fact for Ohio Democrats: they haven't won in so long that they may not remember how. Everything else seems to be in their favor, but an organization which lead to the crushing defeat of their Senate candidate, Eric Fingerhut, to a vunerable George Voinovich, certainly does not seem poised to capture the Governor's Mansion in November 2006. There needs to be a drastic restructuring of the Ohio Democratic Party in order to get in touch with a state that hasn't had a Democratic leader since the 1980s.