Been getting asked this a lot.

First, I still believe Jennifer Brunner is going to win this primary.? I do.? So I don’t think I’m going to have the problem of having to support Lee Fisher against Rob Portman.

Now, let’s say for the sake of argument that Lee does manage to do on Tuesday what he could not do in his previous two statewide elections, namely, win.? Modern has defined Lee’s problem very well.? Lee will be seen to have limped across the finish line, only with outside help, against an opponent who was almost unfunded, while repeating precisely the same mistakes which Lee Fisher is known for.? Taking things for granted, running a sloppy campaign, panicking, getting snippy, all the while wondering why anyone would deny unto Lee that which is rightfully Lee’s personal property, a public office.

This is why I really think Lee is still going to lose on Tuesday.? With so many still undecided, and likely to still be undecided on Tuesday, it is most unlikely that a voter undecided on Lee Fisher, after 30 years of Lee Fisher, will decide on Tuesday in favor of Lee Fisher.? I just don’t see that happening.

But if he manages to squeak by, I have good news for Lee Fisher.? I’m real busy.? I’m running for office myself, in a primary on September 7, the day job is getting more day jobby, so I will have very little time to comment on what will certainly be Lee’s final act in Ohio politics, a cosmically certain, spectacular loss to Rob Portman.? True, my primary will be over the day after Labor Day, and one way or another I’ll be less busy – I’ll either be guaranteed the safe D seat, or I’ll have lost and will be looking around for someone to take out my frustrations on, yes.? But you know what?

Like every single other Democrat in this state, whether they will admit it or not, I have grown weary of allowing Lee Fisher to be in my attention span for any length of time, however brief.? Lee Fisher is the single most boring, least compelling, uninteresting, flacidly pointless statewide Democrat I have ever encountered in my entire two decades in Ohio politics, and I have precisely zero intention of wasting any more of my time, in favor of, or in opposition to, Lee Fisher’s continued pointlessness.

And with that, I will vote for Jennifer Brunner on Tuesday.

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  • Agreed. Very well said.

  • anastasiap

    Well, Tim, I am not quite so confident Fisher is going to lose. In fact, I wouldn't say I have ANY sense of what is going to happen. Certainly the results of yesterday's Suffolk poll are so far from what we're hearing on the phone that it's hard to figure out where it came from. Does Fisher have some hidden base of support we're not calling? The undecideds are still astronomically high, much higher than the Suffolk poll has them.

    Sadly, it keeps getting harder to be enthusiastic about Fisher. Right now one of his supporters has posted a nasty hit diary on Jennifer on Daily Kos, laughably claiming that a smear Fisher has been pushing for weeks (that Jennifer is being a sore loser to not say she will support him wholeheartedly after he wins, even though she campaigned for SoS on the promise not to back any candidate or issue) and claiming THIS bit of spin from the Fisher camp has now “decided” him to throw his support behind Fisher. (This poster has actually been infesting diaries on Jennfier for a while, attacking her and her supporters). I don't even get the timing of this, but it's hard not to feel it's coming from inside the Fisher camp. I hope not, but something about it just feels weird. And Fisher hasn't exactly comported himself in the most honorable way in the last couple of weeks.

  • mvirenicus

    she's got a very real shot. nothing would surprise me on election night except a lee fisher blowout.

  • anastasjoy

    Someone just emailed me suggesting that the Suffolk Poll may have been sponsored by the DSCC to try to kill any last minute momentum Jennifer might have. It did seem odd that it came out of nowhere immediately after the Quinnipiac poll. But couldn't it also have the effect of making Fisher seems weak if he doesn't live up to it?

  • sidneyindependent

    Brunner voters are motivated and more likely to show up and vote on principle. I don't see Fisher voters having any enthusiasm. I don't expect a huge turnout tomorrow. I think she has a good shot.

  • MarkKeating

    the single most boring, least compelling, uninteresting, flacidly pointless statewide Democrat I have ever encountered in my entire two decades in Ohio politics

    More than Rob Burch?

    At least Burch took the hint after he lost. Once.

  • adrienne

    Hey guys,
    My daily kos post is up:

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