From the monthly archives: January 2010

I’m watching the extraordinary appearance of Barack Obama at the House Republican caucus. ?It’s very recognizable to me. ?It’s Tony Blair’s Masochism strategy. ?Let them beat you up, loudly, publicly. ?The bet is that you’ll come out looking reasonable, courageous, and like a leader, while the ones beating you up look petty and partisan. ?Will it work? ?We’ll see.

Either way, I’ve never seen a sitting US president take questions from the opposing party in Congress, repeatedly, on live television. ?Let alone from a Republican Party happy to look completely disingenuous, petty, and partisan.

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That’s what this story and this quote means.

Speaking at an Associated Press-sponsored conference for reporters, Redfern did not throw his support behind Garrison, who represents a competitive state House district that Democrats could struggle to keep if she runs for secretary of state.

“I feel confident she’ll hold that seat, if that’s her choice,” Redfern said.

Fernsy is very publicly letting it be known that it is ODP that is pushing out Garrison, and about to potentially endorse O’Shaughnessy. ?He wants the credit. ?If he pulls it off, he’ll deserve it.

Not quite time for a blog victory […]

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Watching CNN late tonight I found myself again confronted with C. Everett Koop, Bush senior’s strange, naval-uniform-wearing, mustacheless-beard-having surgeon general.

This time he’s not trying to convince me I need to get my grandma Life Alert in case she falls down and can’t get up. Instead he’s spreading lies about Obama’s health care reform plans and the UK’s health care system.

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And make no mistake, these are lies. I fully believe that this old mother fucker has tons of shit wrong with him. And I fully believe that he, as an old rich white guy, was able […]

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The Columbus Dispatch reports that the group is over 27,000 signatures short to get their ballot initiative on the November ballot. (Over a third of its signatures were deemed invalid.)

The group has ten days to get the necessary signatures.  Here’s another non-shocker: no statement from the group in reaction. 

I bet the Blackwell campaign alumni association known as LetOhioVote.org won’t even bother, even after they took their case to the Ohio Supreme Court just so they could throw the state budget in chaos so that they could push for a referendum issue that will never make […]

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Let me get this straight, despite the fact that Governor Strickland can identify all of the funding and has studies showing all of the jobs that will be created and where they’ll be created within two years, conservatives say the 3C train plan is a bad idea…

But…. a massive tax repeal that Kasich-Taylor cannot explain how it will be paid for, cannot get done within a DECADE, and cannot even guestimate how many jobs it will allegedly create is GENIUS?  Odd double standard.

Seriously, as I read Jon Keeling and other conservatives rant against how government shouldn’t use spending […]

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Going around to the various news websites in Ohio, there is a high number of positive comments about the 3C commercial rail project announcement today (which, given the audience that is people who comment on the news, is remarkable.)

The central conservative criticism seems to be: “if this is so great, the private sector would have done it.”  The other is that the rail will need to be subsidized in order to stay in operation.

These are a remarkably ignorant statements about the history of transportation infrastructure in this country and State.

The private market didn’t create a single commercial […]

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The Columbus Dispatch reports that Franklin County Clerk of Courts Maryellen O’Shaughnessy is also close to making a decision as to whether to belated enter the Democratic Secretary of State primary.

O’Shaughnessy comes from a Franklin County Democratic dynasty and was one of the earliest challenges to Congressman Pat Tiberi.

Franklin County is expected to be a major battleground for the Statewide races as well.

Meanwhile, I wonder where Joe Hallett learned this from:

The prospective O’Shaughnessy candidacy is fueled, in part, by growing Democratic opposition to state Rep. Jennifer Garrison’s candidacy for secretary of state. Party liberals […]

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The State of Ohio is expecting that the Obama Administration will announce that it will receive $400 million of the $564 million it requested in ARRA federal stimulus funds to implement the 3C rail project.

Officials have said that this is sufficient funding to start passenger rail service among Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, and Cleveland by 2012.

Eventually, once there is a reliable source of dependable passenger rail service in Ohio, the 3C rail project is expected to be a precursor to a high-speed rail service.

There are unsubstantiated reports that a company will open a plant […]

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Another rec’d diary.? If Brunner gets one of these bumps every two weeks or so, the cumulative momentum will bring her campaign to parity with Lee Fisher on fundraising well before election day.? That, on top of much else, will mean Lee Fisher is done.

After a year or so of treading water on the online fundraising front, Jennifer is starting to cook with gas.? Pretty soon, she’ll have crossed a tipping point, past which every single thing she writes online will raise money in large amounts.

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In the middle of a Cavs beatdown of Minnesota, and right before the president’s speech tonight, Tim Ryan local staffer in Akron Sean Buchanan gave me a call to tell me he’s running for state rep in OH-68, which includes much of Portage County.? Because I have a soft spot for Tim Ryan staffers, I didn’t immediately hang up!

Sean will be leaving Tim Ryan’s office in two weeks to concentrate full time on the May 5 primary for the open seat being vacated by term-limited Kathleen Chandler.? At the moment, the primary includes Sean and former Mayor of Kent, […]

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In response to Kasich-Taylor announcing that they were reporting they have $4 million on hand, Strickland-Brown Communication Director Lis Smith issued the following statement:

“While we are still compiling our fundraising report, Governor Strickland will have more cash on hand than any incumbent Governor in Ohio history at this point in the campaign. Given Congressman Kasich?s 20 years in Washington,?brief presidential campaign, and 7 years on Wall Street, we?re frankly surprised that he didn?t raise more.?

So what does that mean?? Well, according to the Secretary of State’s office, if Ms. Smith’s statement is true, that means that […]

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