From the daily archives: Wednesday, October 27, 2010

As the hysterical cries rise up, like paranoid cry babies whining before they even get their hands on the candy that a phantom of their imagination takes away from them, it reminds me of a story from the 2004 election campaign, which I blogged about in 2008.

This effort collapsed on election day, largely because the GOP had a hard time deploying an organization of people with the onions to stand between a black man and his vote in Democratic precincts.  I ran into so few of them on election day in 2004, seeing just one GOP challenger was […]

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If any of us really thought Lee Fisher would just go quietly into that good night after pulling a TaftQuack level catastrophic statewide loss, here’s your answer. I’m not sure what’s more pitiful, Lee’s campaign now, or the next one he’s trying to buy instead, four years from now.

We’ll have plenty more on this next week.  Plenty.

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I’ll say the obvious:  Stivers’ attack ad clearly backfired and Kilroy is doing what she can at this stage of the game to capitalize on it.

Curious to see how this plays out next week.

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Here’s today’s Columbus Dispatch’s editorial on Governor Strickland’s school reforms:

“Not that scrapping Strickland’s plan is, by itself, bad for Ohio schools.

“The governor touts it as a bold, new way of delivering education, but it really is, mainly, a list of jobs to be filled. It mandates that each clump of so many students must have X number of teachers, counselors, aides, nurses and the like, with little opportunity for different school districts to use resources in ways that meet their particular needs.”

“It’s a one-size-fits-all approach, well-designed for pleasing the education unions that are a large […]

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So far, not seeing anything indicating that this is actually going to air on television.  If not, this has a “Taft Quack” quality to it.

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If you have any doubt as to the disarray in the Kasich campaign, just consider these two video clips.

Here’s the message the Kasich campaign planned on ending the week with:

This was the message: positive, upbeat, talking about a “New Day, a New Way.”  Then that same day we get this instead:

Eight minutes of dripping partisan bile, with one reckless laughably ridiculous and baseless allegation after another.  National and state news stories about Kasich speaking to under booked venues with flashes of anger and overly charged partisan rancor.

What happened? Well, one thing we know that happened is […]

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When your candidate goes from a presumed double digit lead to a dead heat the week before the election, the pollster probably has some explaining to do.  Word on the street is that chief pollster Ed Goeas has been in a running battle with Kasich staff to stop reading the blogs.  Former Kasich staffer, homeland security consultant, and lifelong suckling of the government teat, Jon Keeling hasn’t been helping.

Kasich staff hit refresh on Keeling’s sycophantic Kasich slurping blog all day long, waiting for the latest end zone victory dance telling them they’re gonna win, yay.  But […]

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In Sunday’s Columbus Dispatch, columnist Joe Hallett noted that John Kasich wasn’t measuring the drapes in the Governor’s Mansion yet, but only because he delegated that to his wife, Karen:

Strickland’s Republican rival, John Kasich, is unsure whether he and his family will move into the Governor’s Residence in Bexley if he wins on Nov. 2. Kasich, his wife, Karen, and their twin 10-year-old daughters have a very nice house on the edge of a golf course just north of Westerville.

"That’s taking measurements before the election’s over," Kasich said when asked if the family would occupy the […]

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A pattern has emerged with Sarah Palin.  She plucks obscure lunatics out of nowhere, endorses them, they proceed to horrify the electorate.  Christine O’Donnell in Delaware is the most obvious example.  Sarah Palin likely cost Republicans the US Senate with that one endorsement alone.  Palin plucked Joe Miller out of the lunatic fringe in Alaska, and now, he’s horrifying Alaskans to the point that  Democrat Scott McAdams may actually win that seat, too.

Little known fact – Palin has given $10,000 to John Kasich’s campaign.

Why haven’t we heard about this?  Maybe it’s because most sentient […]

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