Carnival of Ohio Politics #142 posted

You are in for a real treat if you head over to Carnival of Ohio PoliticsInstallment number 142 has been posted by the same blogger that writes The Boring Made Dull, which is never boring or dull.  If you are confused by all the economic turmoil, and don’t know what the best approach is to finding our way out of the economic wilderness, there is a bumper crop of blog entries from all over Ohio about getting a handle on our economy.  After perusing the economic issues from all sides, your head should have all the info it needs to come to a clear conclusion, and the way forward will open up to your vision like magic.  Either that, or you’ll end up being really, really, really confused.  The video at the beginning of the current Carnival edition really isn’t instructive, but it’s funny.  The blog articles that this week’s Carnival links to are really instructive.  The post I liked the most was from the blog titled Divided We Stand United We Fall.  If you check out that post from Monday, November 17, please make sure you watch the 10 minute video featuring Peter Schiff.  Once you are familiar with the scenario that brought our economy to its present point (and Peter Schiff saw this coming well in advance of its arrival), the path out of the wilderness is a lot more visible.

Eye of Newt

Sounds like an ingredient in a witch’s brew.

Actually, Bob Schieffer of the CBS show “Face the Nation” wanted to hear what a couple of prominent Republicans had to say about the future of the Republican party on the national level, and one of the perspectives was put forward by former U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.  The other prominent Republican in the discussion with Schieffer was current Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.  You can watch the video here, but be aware that the segment with Gingrich and Jindal begins halfway through the show, with bloviating over auto industry bailouts occupying the first segment.  Otherwise, you can read a print version of yesterday’s “Face the Nation” episode here.

Among the points upon which Jindal and Gingrich agree are that the GOP needs to show that it can devise solutions, not just be a party of opposition.  I agree with that, too.  Gingrich talked about the Republican governors across the nation as being the implementers of solutions that the GOP will look to, and that the media will look to.  Gingrich fancies himself as someone who dreams up lots of solutions.

Herein lies the rub.

As an onlooker, it appeared to me that Gingrich was patronizingly positioning himself as head wrangler over a stable full of Republican governors.  Gingrich is talking as though he is the person who can harness these workhorses together.  Translation: Gingrich fancies himself either as a serious GOP prez contender in 2012; or as head of the RNC (probably not, as he dissed the RNC by saying, “I think that the Republican Governors Association is probably more important than the Republican National Committee in trying to get this done”); or as a kingmaker as to which Republican Governor will get his nod for GOP prez contender in 2012 (kiss his ring, or he might have to make himself king).

Newt’s banter seemed inoccuous enough except for his telltale take on Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, which is why my eyebrow is raised.  Newt said:

“The natural pattern in the news media is going to be, they know how to spell Sarah Palin’s name; they have it locked in their word processor.  She’s going to be a much bigger story in the short run. But, I think, as she goes back to being governor and as she works in Alaska, you’re going to see a group of governors emerge, not just Sarah Palin. And there are 36 governorships up in 2010.

“I think focusing on rebuilding the Republican Party from state legislature and governor to Senate and House is the right model. And I think that the Republican Governors Association is probably more important than the Republican National Committee in trying to get this done”

So Bob Schieffer senses that Palin is being downplayed by Newt Gingrich, so he asks a followup question to confirm Newt’s views once and for all.

“She’s a wonderfully, intelligent, aggressive hardworking person who got, you know, hammered very badly by the press in, I think, fairly distorted ways.

“I think that she is going to be a significant player. But she’s going to be one of 20 or 30 significant players. She’s not going to be the de facto leader.”

Again, this Newt narrative is portraying the Republican governors as all being in a stable with no real leader head and shoulders above the other, leaving room (especially by not mentioning former governors, like Huckabee and Romney) for Newt Gingrich to float to the top.

Let me just say this:  Much as we need solutions from GOP leaders, and much as we would welcome solutions from Newt Gingrich, we do not need the new face of the Republican Party to be that of Newt Gingrich.  Sarah Palin caught on with Republican conservatives like a wildfire, and Newt Gingrich is catching on with the Republican conservative writing this blog entry like a wet blanket.  Not only did Gingrich never capture the enthusiasm with Republican conservatives to the degree that Sarah Palin did, there is also the spectre of sexism that would be raised if Gingrich were to be the new face of the GOP.  Not only would Gingrich be suspect in terms of downplaying Palin, he’s also suspect in terms of his marital history, plus he’s most famously suspect for what his mother revealed to Connie Chung about what Newt thought about Hillary Clinton (a word that starts with a “b” and rhymes with a person who might throw an eye of newt into a cauldron).  While Sarah Palin did not close the gender gap, with the majority of women voting for the Obama-Biden ticket, it’s hard to see how Gingrich would improve upon that demographic.  Sarah Palin did gain a following with men that I don’t think Gingrich quite understands, let alone that Gingrich can match.

As for what we expect to see out of Republican governors in the future, many of the rank-and-file already see something we really like in the performance of Sarah Palin as governor, and that is that she took on corrupt influences entrenched in government, and tossed them out of power.  This aligns neatly with what Jindal said: ” . . . we’ve got to stop defending the kinds of corruption we would rightfully criticize in the other party.”  Jindal has this as number two on his list, but I think Ohio Republicans would put it at number one on our list, because it is too rare.  Jindal’s first item is fiscal conservatism.  Well, I can find Ohio Republicans by the droves who believe in fiscal conservatism, and who have implemented such practices in their own respective elected offices.  Jindal’s third item is the afforementioned need to solve problems.  I can find some Ohio Republicans who can generate solutions.  But that 2nd item on the Jindal list, that of rooting out corruption, who’s had the power to do that in Ohio?  Only grassroots voters.  No prominent elected Ohio Republican has the courage to do what Sarah Palin did in Alaska, and that’s why not only would rank-and-file Republicans put Jindal’s second item as number one, but they’d also look upon Sarah Palin more favorably than the other Republican governors and why they’d think of Sarah Palin as a frontrunner to be the new face of the GOP, despite how Gingrich plays down her appeal.

Will it be Palin vs. Gingrich for the GOP prez nomination in 2012?  If so, Newt might emerge KO’d with a black eye from such a tussle.

This week’s Carnival has election coverage

The able editor, Ben Keeler, has unveiled the latest installment of the Carnival of Ohio PoliticsThis installment has a bumper crop of election-related posts from all over Ohio that really attracted lots of web traffic.  Bloggers I’ve received feedback from, plus traffic here at Buckeye RINO, show that the stories from these past two weeks have been immensely popular with blog readers.  Please check out the Carnival, and you also might want to eyeball Keeler Political Report and The Point at Politics.Ohio.com for additional samples of Ben Keeler’s writing.

Veterans Day

I’ve got a lot of things to get done in real life this month, so my blogging may be not as prolific as it was last month.  I do, however, want to at least say a word of thanks to our veterans on Veterans Day.

To those who serve in America’s military, whether past or present, I just want to thank you for being the most important public servants, far more important than any one politician, in keeping America free.

Our nation is the lone superpower of the world. The other nations look to the United States of America to lead, to be a beacon, to be an example, to be the best.  I thank you, who wear or have worn the uniform of the armed forces of the United States of America, for your unsurpassed contribution to America’s greatness.

For those on duty now, I want you to know that I pray for you.  You have blessed America.  May God bless America also, and may He bless you.

Democrats control everything

Along the rust belt that hugs Lake Erie’s shores, Democrats have long enjoyed a near monopoly on municipal and county governments.  Incredibly, local Democrat politicians in northern Ohio have always found a Republican somewhere, no matter how distant, to pin the blame on for the area’s misfortunes, all the while turning a blind eye to their own corruptions.  The Democrats have just won the White House, have strengthened their majorities in both houses of Congress, control all but one of the statewide executive branch offices, and have even wrested control over the Ohio House of Representatives.

Eventually, as I mentioned when I endorsed Annette Butler for Cuyahoga County Prosecutor, somebody has to pound the message into voters’ heads that corruption exists among northern Ohio Democrat politicians, it’s taking its toll on the region’s economy, and that re-electing those Democrats won’t solve the problem.

How long will it take before Democrats run out of Republicans to blame, and start having to shoulder the blame they’ve earned, themselves?

[Update] Gov. Strickland, please help Lorain with its broken drawbridge

Lorain residents, and especially Lorain merchants, are getting a close-up look at the importance of transportation infrastructure in keeping the wheels of commerce greased.  In downtown Lorain, there is a drawbridge along U.S. Route 6 that crosses near the mouth of the Black River on the Lake Erie shore.  The name of the bridge is the Charles Berry Bascule Bridge.  The drawbridge doesn’t work.  It’s been stuck in the open position for months on end, creating detours for motorists and killing commerce along both banks of the river.  Not only is this an object lesson about the importance of infrastructure, it’s also an object lesson in red tape and the inefficiencies of state and county bureaucracies (in this case, the Ohio Department of Transportation is a prime example).  Ohio Governor Ted Strickland urged voters to support Tony Krasienko in Lorain’s mayoral race last year.  Guess what?  Krasienko won.  Now Krasienko needs Strickland’s support.  Now, Lorain needs Ohio’s executive branch to spring into action.

Governor Strickland, can you leverage some immediate relief for Lorain please?

Check out this pictorial from the Lorain County Photographer’s Blog to see the bridge with your own two eyeballs.  Then, from the same blog, hear the speeches of Lorain’s merchants and politicians while the residents gathered at the bridge to plea for assistance.

For the latest communication on the bridge matter, check out That Woman’s Weblog.  Things just aren’t happening.  Please, Governor Strickland, involve yourself in this matter long enough to get speedier results.

Of course, as noted before, I keep plugging for even more infrastructure.  The transportation grid upgrades I’ve proposed on the map below (the routes shown in red) would include at least one more bridge across the Black River, and it wouldn’t be a drawbridge.  It would also route traffic within a stone’s throw of the downtown at highway speeds of 65 m.p.h.

Lorain

More details on the mapped proposals are here, here, and here, at Word of Mouth.

[UPDATE] More pics and correspondence from Lorain County Photographer’s Blog.

The election results are in

Following up on the endorsement recap of yesterday, there were a few of the Buckeye RINO-endorsed candidates that won, but many of them lost.

Issue 6 went down to defeat, and I’m very happy about that.

The expected incumbent winners among those endorsed were Bob Latta of Ohio’s 5th Congressional District, and Jeff Wagner of Ohio House District 81.

There were newcomers elected, too.

Huron County elected Larry Silcox over Sharon Ward for an open commissioner seat.

Seneca County replaced long-time incumbent treasurer Marguerite Bernard with Damon Alt.

I never predicted who would win among those I endorsed . . . with one exception.  As soon as Matt Barrett stepped down from his seat in Ohio House District 58, I announced that the GOP would win the seat back from the Democrats.  I was correct.  Terry Boose emerges as the new state rep in the 58th District.

Though most of those I endorsed did not emerge victorious, I don’t regret making any of the endorsements that I made.  God bless you all, and God bless America.