Here on Earth we are worrying about global warming and it’s effects while down in hell apparently they are worried about a freeze. Apparently hell is about to freeze over:

The Sherrod Brown for Senate campaign is set to make a special announcement in Cincinnati Monday July 10th

Please join us for a MAJOR (hint) Democratic Party unity event supporting Congressman Sherrod Brown’s race for the US Senate.

Join Congressional Candidates John Cranley and Victoria Wulson and Democrats from across Southwest Ohio as U.S. Senate Candidate Sherrod Brown recieves an important endorsement in his race against Mike Dewine.

Join us at 2:45pm Monday July 10, at Ted Berry International Friendship Park located at 1101 Eastern Ave.

Please dont miss this opportunity to witness a great moment in the 2006 race!

The park is located just beyond the Montgomery Inn Boathouse. There is plenty of parking.

We hope to see you there!

Yeah, yeah. “Major”…get it? Apparently now Sherrod Brown needs the endorsement of a once swiftboated, kneecut also-ran from OH02. Those internal polls must have stunk up the place.

much more after the break…

Now, I WON’T say the overall news is something I didn’t want to see happen. I asked for it, no begged for it months ago…as did many bloggers. The silence was deafening. Now we have this concerted effort and big push for Brown-Blog Rapprochement. The problem being it is the same old approach being used: divide and conquer.

A recent article at the Huffington Post saw Connie Schultz argue “We Are Not Afraid“. Well, OK, maybe just a little of these damned bloggers. Sherrod has had an open invitation to sit down with more than a single Ohio blogger and put out the forest fire of discontent that was generated in the primary. He has repeatedly declined, using one blogger as an excuse not to do it. When that excuse was removed, he continued to decline.

Sherrod doesn’t want tough questions, nor does he appear big enough to take an active role in healing the divide. He just wants blog love and Hackett mojo. He thinks he is getting both.

Two things trouble me. First is that I’m not sure how you go from “hell freezes over” to endorsement and not lose some amount of credibility. But then again, there is little wiggle room when you use such language. The edge on the hard talking marine is bound to get dulled a bit by all this.

The second, and possibly more troubling aspect of this is the divide and conquer netroots strategy employed by the Brown campaign from day one. They obviously wanted to get some blog love and have been working on a rapprochement plan for some time. Instead of doing smart outreach and talking to us all, they’ve chose to try to cherry pick amongst them.

So now there is a big kumbaya interview with one of the biggest original Hackett backers and the OH02 blogger.

There are two problems with this as I see it. One – Chris Baker of OH02 blog lives in OH03. So when he blogs from the “front lines of Democracy”, he gets in his car to get there. The perception now that Sherrod picked up blog mojo from a guy down in Hackett’s district is, well, not what it might seem. No law broken in blogging about somewhere you don’t live (I do it all the time), but the perception might not be what it seems. Maybe now we can get some really good Dayton/Studebaker stuff going? I’d love to see that. I respect Chris, but I’m left with the feeling that he got used and played here. I talked to him a bit and we clearly disagree on some of this, but like we talked about – our strength is more in our disagreements anyway.

The second big problem is that for the price of ignoring the rest of us via the shun to MTB, Brown now gets to portray himself as a candidate in tune with the blogs. Nothing could be further from the truth. When two of us walked up to him at the ODP State Dinner and were prepared to ask him “how do we come together to beat this DeWine guy?”, he acted as if we were completely invisible. I don’t say that as some clever rhetorical trick. The guy literally looked through us and walked away. It was the most bizarre thing.

Let’s take a look at the things we wanted to see and asked for in many places, one being at PBD. Note that this was in late February, some 13 days after the Valentines Day Massacre. Action was needed by then, but nothing came.

As far as we know (and there is ample evidence), Sherrod Brown did not reach out to Paul Hackett and immediately right the ship. I also missed a statement by the Brown camp praising Paul for his service and asking for his support.

There was absolutely zero reaching out to Hackett supporters, online and off as far as I know. Things just pretty much went silent and for that Brown got bad press after bad press as Hackett continued to vent. Again, it is the responsibility of Brown in this case to do this.

We in the blogs also asked Sherrod to stop “neutralizing” and start communicating. Meet The Bloggers was offered to deaf ears…again and again.

Is this an opportunity TAKEN by the Brown camp? Sure it is, but it follows more in the neutralization model than the communication model. Will there come a huge groundswell of support and work on the blogs for Brown? My guess is not. The usual players along with Chris now seem to be in position to carry some of the water, but my bucket still has holes in it. Big ass holes.

So once again Brown camp, the offer STILL remains on the table. Do a Meet The Bloggers session. Here is the address in case you missed it: www.meetthebloggers.net. I’m sure we could even line up a MTB debate with your opponent…or at least organize it and make the offer.

I hear you guys are not afraid, so the time is now to show us and show up.

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  • AmberCat

    Well, that about says it all. I didn’t know aobut the incident with Brown looking right through you but it adds to the pile of things that makes me uncomfortable with him that have nada to do with Paul Hackett. And I am uncomfortable with the fact that they are presenting the rapproachment as Paul’s idea and initiative. Whether it was or not is immaterial. The fact is that it was Brown who was in the wrong, and also the victor and as such should have reached out. And it’s Brown who is still incapable of saying “Hey, maybe I didn’t handle things right’ while Paul in doing that shows that he is by far the bigger man. It’s Brown’s attitude that we are the “little people” and he is so much better than us and knows what we need better than we do that is so off-putting to me. Is there a transcript of this press conference and did Brown offer ANY sort of apology at all?

  • Muffet

    Paul Hackett is a good man. He would have been a great senator. I wore a Vic Wulsin badge at the event.

    Brown talks about his wife way too much. Way too much. As we would have said in the old days: “Get a room.”

    I’ll vote for Brown. I would have killed myself working for Hackett.

  • Eric

    AmberCat, I hear Brown did some sort of apology as well, but I’m waiting on the audio/transcript. I think Baker was there, so it should be well covered over at OH02 Blog.

  • Muffet

    I was there. I did not hear an apology of any kind from Sherrod. Both Chris and Yellow Dog Sammy were there.

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  • Mrs Editor

    Now as Bakers wife I am naturally biased and protective. But we dont see eye to eye on this issue. Honestly you really just sound like you’re mad Brown chose to talk to him instead of yall.

    Given the history and what has been said and writen about SB by the MTB “click” for lack of another word but probably the real impression by anyone who doesnt know the details, wouldnt it be fairly logical for him to pick someone who has been harsh at times….but fair…and impersonal…and nicer than anyone else? Don’t you generally only talk to people you like and/or respect? I’d rather be on Montel than Maury, if I can choose. Give me Ed Bradly versus Geraldo.

    I dont understand why you’re trying to tear him down for doing something that you yourself want to do. Because he didnt ask the questions you want to ask? Hell, he didnt ask what I wanted him to ask but it wasnt my interview. When you get your interview you can ask whatever you want to ask. Should he have said no SB…I wont do an interview with you until you do MTB?? Get real. Whats the problem, hon?

    Living in Dayton has never been a secret and I personaly dont appreciate the backhanded suggestion on where he/we should be focusing our attention. You run your shit and we will run ours. If you want to see more about Dayton/Studdebaker please feel free to come on over and do it yourself.

    Ronyelle Baker aka Mrs. Editor @ oh02.com

  • You want to get respect? Earn it. You want to be treated like an adult. Act like one. You want to talk? Put points on the score board. If you aren’t putting points on the scoreboard I don’t have time for you . If you want to cry, go find your momma. This isn’t about you. This isn’t about me. This isn’t about anything but putting points on the scoreboard. Bragging rights are earned. Powerplays can be made when you get a damned thing accomplished. Year after year we get our asses handed to us on a platter. If you are worried about how you are being treated instead of putting points on the scoreboard, I don’t have time for you. If you are trying to position yourself for some personal benefit or ego boost instead of putting points on the scoreboard, I don’t have time for you.

    The moment this becomes about you is the moment it’s time to quit.

    I want Mike DeWine unemployed. Bottom line. End of story. That’s my goal. Sherrod Brown’s our quarterback. Protect your quarterback. PLAIN AND SIMPLE. What the fuck is your goal? I’m not seeing it and if you can’t explain it and to me that means that you’ve got a real fucking problem.

    As far as where I live, go read my comment to george over at brewed fucking daily.

  • I said it over at BFD and I’ll say it here.

    Just because Chris lives one district over doesn’t change a single thing. Mike Turner didn’t resign in early 2005, it was Rob Portman.

    I live in the 15th district but I can see the 12th district out my back window. Would that preclude me from talking about the 12th district if I wanted to?

    I see people talking about Stephanie Studebaker all the time … do I ask for latitude and longitude of their current position? Of course not. Why would I?

    It was hardly some state secret, so let’s not treat it as it was.

  • Eric

    chris can blog about whatever and wherever he wants. this is true. my point was that thought it was no secret really, there were many (including myself up to some point recent) who did not know and might want to know. that is all as far as that point is concerned.

  • And why is that Eric? Cause you want to fuck with me because I broke with the Ohio blogonostra over Brown. You guys are just as bad as Kos and Armstrong. Thugs. You slam them then employ their same tactics.

    Tim Russo questions Kos over his support for Brown: What’s the worst shit we can come up with him? INPORTUNING. OH02 breaks the ohio blogosphere on Sherrod Brown: What’s the worst shit we can come up with him? Enter Plunderbund.

    The sad shit is that Russo just dives right in using the same shit that we condemned Kos for doing against him, only my crime is getting sucked into the Hackett wave. Sorry the fuck me.

    I’m not playing. I’m opposed to that. Consider me the enemy. Treat accordingly.

  • Eric

    You know what? Fuck you man. That you think my post is “fucking with you” is telling. If where you live is no big deal, why not just say that? If you would read my post, you’ll notice I focus much more on issue unrelated to you.

    This is not about us, right?

    You are out in left field on the Kos and Armstrong thing. Way out. Look, that you created a perception of being the OH02 guy and people are now asking about that has obviously pissed you off. I don’t know why. It really is not that big of a deal…to me anyway. MY point (if you’ll remember) dealt with Brown using such perception as a blog wedge without having to sit down with a bigger group of possibly more critical bloggers. Remember?

    Nice cheap shot on Tim. I think you completely miss the point of my post, but that is fine. In talking to me I had hoped you’d get what I was saying – knowing we disagree – but apparently not. That is fine.

    I never have nor ever will consider you “enemy”. If that is how you want to treat me, then so be it.

    Mrs: you can focus your attention wherever you want! hon.

  • If you want to question my work and my character and link it into other shit, I’ve got a REAL problem with that. You got a problem with where I live, you say so. As soon as you learned about it you should have posted on it. On IT. Right then.

    Instead you’re looking for a dig. Well, you got your dig in and I’ve responded.

    This ain’t got shit to do with the Sherrod interview. Yeah, right.

  • of course it ain’t got shit to do with the Sherod interview, because there’d be no Sherrod interview if the OH03 blogger reached out to be the big peacemaker.

  • Eric

    Damn, son. The point couldn’t be missed worse than if Cheney had shot at it himself. I’ve never questioned your work. You know that. I’ve never questioned your character. You are making this personal when it ain’t, but I guess my discussion of perception is lost on you.

  • Sorry, you’re going to have to explain to me how where I live and what I do and where I do it and then linking it to a post questioning Sherrod Brown isn’t personal to me.

    The MTB goon squad certainly seems to be enjoying it.

  • notice the MTB ad code is gone from OH02. sure funny how much easier that is than editing the About page.

    no big deal here. not at all. carry on.

  • MTB Goon Squad? That’s funny, Chris. I should get some t-shirts printed up.

    By the way, are you coming to bloggapalooza? It sure would be a hoot to have you there…

  • I think I’ll pass, George. Have a good time.

    And Tim, god bless you, you’re good at pushing people’s buttons. Hope that works out good for you.

    I heard someone call you one of Ohio politics’s tragic figures. It was a good line. So smart and yet so foolish. Tragic really.

  • ooh, ooh, I want one of those t-shirts!

  • Actually, I’d heard it from somebody at an event. It was a good line. It stuck with me. I stole it. Another one of my ethical failings.

  • Pounder

    Off topic, I think MTB goon squad teeshirts would be a great idea too LOL.

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