In search of Ellie Light

Plain Dealer journalist Sabrina Eaton is on the trail of Ellie Light.  I highly recommend this story and this story.  You have to give credit to Sabrina Eaton for checking her sources.

ORP pushing Yost around to clear AG primary for Mike DeWine

With a heavy-handed top-down approach, the ORP wants to force-feed former U.S. Senator Mike DeWine to you as the GOP nominee for Ohio Attorney General.

Yes, this is the former U.S. Senator who lost to a liberal Democrat, Sherrod Brown, in 2006.  For the record, neither I nor my family members voted for DeWine in the GOP primary of 2006.  William Pierce and David Smith were both more palatable than DeWine.

In the general election for U.S. Senate in 2006, yes, we voted for DeWine and not Sherrod Brown.

This year, though, if Mike DeWine is the GOP nominee, my family members will be voting for Richard Cordray. Richard Cordray.  Let me say that again, because I know that there are some bloggers with a long memory, especially on the left side of the aisle that know I’ve taken jabs at Richard Cordray in the past.  Richard Cordray.

If David Yost, who has served as Delaware County Prosecutor, is on the GOP primary ballot, my family will be voting for Yost.  If Yost is the GOP nominee for AG in the fall, my family will support Yost.

The Republican Party of a few Ohio counties have made endorsements in the AG race already.  So far, those counties have all weighed in on the side of David Yost, including Huron County’s GOP.  None have endorsed DeWine.  Kevin DeWine, a cousin of Mike DeWine, is the chair of the Ohio Republican Party, and it is readily apparent that he is his cousin’s crony because he is doing everything he can to muscle David Yost out of the GOP primary for AG to clear the way for Mike DeWine to be unopposed in the primary.

But let me say it again, if Mike DeWine is the nominee, my family will be voting for Richard Cordray.  I know this because I’ve already had this discussion with my family numerous times.

Boy, will I be eating a lot of crow if I’m endorsing Richard Cordray for AG this fall, but better to eat crow than to vote for Mike DeWine as AG.

And here’s a simple message to Mike DeWine so that he understands at least one principle:  A candidate’s views on the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution are, indeed, relevant to making a choice about who should be our next Ohio Attorney General.  Sorry, but this is an issue that cannot be swept under the rug or overlooked in an AG race.

Besides the cronyism on full display by ORP chair Kevin DeWine, I suspect that other Washington DC insiders, like Rob Portman and John Kasich, may be complicit in the maneuverings that blocked Mary Taylor from running for U.S. Senate, or even Ohio Auditor, in order to bait a trap for David Yost (who has also served as a Delaware County Auditor) to abandon the Attorney General race and place him in the Ohio Auditor race.

When it comes to the Ohio Auditor race, the ORP dropped the ball.  There was a vacuum for the space of a few days.  The vacuum can’t remain empty.  So Seth Morgan, currently a state rep, declared his candidacy for Ohio Auditor.  The most persuasive argument Mary Taylor made during her campaign for Ohio Auditor in 2006, was that she was eminently qualified for the job, because she was an actual CPA.  Seth Morgan is also a CPA, and, though he got a late start due to Kasich’s meddling, Morgan can tout that credential as the trump card in the race against the Democrat nominee.

So, to the ORP, don’t bother with recruiting an Auditor candidate now.  That problem has already been taken care of.  You had the chance, but you fumbled the ball, and Seth Morgan recovered it.

If Seth Morgan and David Yost face off in a primary for Auditor, I will be endorsing Seth Morgan for Auditor.  The CPA credential is a persuasive one.  But I’d also have to endorse Morgan to punish the ham-handedness of the ORP in trying to pull everyone’s strings.

Am I a lone voice in the wilderness?  A solitary blogger in pajamas?  According to the counties that endorsed so far for AG, no, I’m not alone.  My views on this matter are widely held among the grassroots.  Furthermore, for your reading pleasure, I’d like to plug the following blog articles:

At Weapons of Mass DiscussionThe Fight for the Very Soul of the ORP

At BizzyBlogKevin DeWine, Screwing Up A Perfectly Perfect Storm . . .

At Buckeye Firearms Association: Ohio GOP chair Kevin DeWine attempts to clear path for anti-gun cousin Mike’s return to power

At From the Rust Belt, three posts:  1) Kevin DeWine: Let’s Snatch Defeat From the Jaws of Victory; 2) An Establishment Blog Sides With . . . The Establishment; and 3) Ohio Rages Against the Machine

Some say it would take a bozo of a GOP chair to screw up statewide elections this time around.  We may just have a bozo on our hands.  We shall see.

It’s about the jobs, Mr. President

While at Lorain County Community College on Friday, January 22, 2010, Mr. President, you began with shout-outs to your fellow Democrat politicians who’ve been in office for years making swell promises but who never really deliver the goods.  Nevertheless, the crowd cheered as you announced each name: Governor Ted Strickland, Senator Sherrod Brown, Representative Marcy Kaptur, and Representative Betty Sutton; and with that, the lovefest ensued.

It’s interesting that you welcomed the opportunity to travel to Ohio because you sometimes feel like living in Washington DC is like living in a bubble.  Really, Mr. President?  Funny, how I just blogged about the Beltway cocoon just yesterday.  If you find just the first year in the White House insulating after not even serving a full term as a Senator, then imagine how out of touch the multi-term Beltway creatures are.  So, perhaps voting out Sherrod Brown, Marcy Kaptur, and Betty Sutton would be a good thing for voters to do . . . this year, in the case of Kaptur and Sutton.  We’ll deal with Sherrod in 2012.  And if you really want to burst out of your bubble, Mr. President, you might as well go talk to those people who held a Tea Party nearby.  They want to help you burst that bubble in the worst way.

After your intros and warmups, your speech began:

“I walked into office a year ago in the middle of a raging economic storm that was wreaking devastation on your town and communities everywhere.  We had to take some very difficult steps to deal with that mess to stave off an even greater economic catastrophe.  We had to stabilize the financial system, which, given the role of the big banks in creating this mess, was a pretty tough pill to swallow.  I knew it would be unpopular, and rightly so, but I also knew that we had to do it because if they went down, your local banks would have gone down, and if the financial system went down, it would have taken the entire economy and millions more families and businesses with it.  We would have been looking at a second Great Depression.”

Personally, Mr. President, I think we’re looking at a second Great Depression, no matter what.  We’re Americans, though, and we’re tough enough to weather this storm as long as there’s a rainbow on the other side.  Artificially trying to stave it off with interventions like bailouts and Congressional spending binges, I believe, will only leave us in a holding pattern as the storm batters us and batters us.  To eventually correct course, we needed the chief culprits to fail.  Bailing out the financial institutions only enables those culprits to stay in their positions and continue to wreak the havoc that they’ve been wreaking.  It’s hypocritical for you and your political allies, Mr. President, to pout and scold over the bloated compensation packages of Wall Street executives.  Why do they even have jobs?  Because you bailed them out.  You are the enablers.  If their companies failed, they would have been out of work at least temporarily, their compensation bubbles would have burst, and the marketplace would have readjusted their compensation packages when they finally landed new employment.  You, and Mr. Geithner, and, before you, President Bush, and Mr. Paulson, and all the members of Congress have perpetuated the ills of the financial sector for the foreseeable future because you bailed them out.  Surely, as you say, if they fell, other dominoes would have fallen.  Understood.  But America is like a phoenix.  Something new always emerges from the ashes.  Unfortunately, we haven’t reached that stage.  Nothing newer, more efficient, and more advanced can emerge because the old guard still wields the power, propped up by the bailouts.

I’ve campaigned in Lorain County back in 2002 and 2004, and the topic of jobs was the number one issue on the minds of voters back then, and it’s been the number one issue going back even further than that, so, you can be sure, Mr. President, that, on a day like today, when Ohio’s unemployment is announced to be 10.9%, it’s still the number one issue.

So as you turned your focus to talking about creating jobs, the crowd was applauding frequently and loudly.  Sherrod Brown has made those same kinds of speeches to these same people with much the same content year after year after year after year.  It works like a charm.  It’s what the voters always love to hear.

Yet in all the years that Sherrod Brown has represented Lorain County in elected office, do you think that the bright tomorrow he always speaks of has ever arrived?  No.  It never materializes.

Why do you think that is?

Do you think it might be due to the fact that the federal government can’t stop micro-managing the economy, demanding that the economy meet benchmarks of social justice set by the arbiters of what’s politically correct?  Do you think that the federal government might be devouring too big a chunk of the nation’s GDP?  Just as the laws of physics, such as the law of gravity, cannot be suspended by politically willing them to, neither can the laws governing economics be suspended according to whim.  For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.  Helping unqualified borrowers purchase homes through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac may seem politically expedient, but the piper eventually must be paid.

As you can see, unemployment is not an economic condition that can be corrected in isolation from other economic conditions.  What is needed is a holistic approach that allows for purging of what doesn’t work and emerging of what will work.  Oh, except that the bailouts prevented purging just as surely as they prevent emerging.

Those who stood to pose questions were pretty narrowly focused on employment, weren’t they?  See, I told you jobs has been the number one issue in Lorain County for years.  Virtually every single question from the audience touched on employment in one way or another.

Pundits, and even other Capitol Hill politicians, have been saying that your initial push as President should have been all about jobs.  There would have been more goodwill that could have given you leverage for tackling the health care reform and environmental issues.  Do you see that they were instinctively right?  Isn’t something job related on the mind of virtually every one you called upon, Mr. President?

The special election in Massachusetts gave you an opportunity to take a break from the health care reform issue.  Mr. President, you, yourself, said that health care reform should not be rushed through before Scott Brown is seated in the U.S. Senate.  This stop in Elyria was supposed to be the second stop, after Allentown, Pennsylvania, of a tour about reviving the economy and boosting employment.

But you couldn’t let go of the health care reform issue for even one day, could you, Mr. President?  Even after the Q & A was all about jobs and jobs and jobs, you had to deliver a second town hall speech.  You looked pained that no one had asked you a question to serve as a launching pad to discourse at length on health care reform.  Did you notice any difference in the audience response to your second speech when compared to your first speech?  I did.  Applause was not as frequent and not as raucous.  I think perhaps some of the audience members were wishing for a brief respite from the banter about health care reform and were refreshed to hear you talk about jobs.  Unfortunately, you didn’t grant them much of a respite at all, did you?

But I think the audience, even among those that loved you the most, Mr. President, were giving you hints and clues about where the most productive political pursuits lie:  healing the economy, not through artificial interventions, but letting the axe fall where it needs to (including the federal budget), letting the chips fall where they may, and jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs.