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2014 Elections: Democrats in Ohio Will Be Massacred. Prelude to 2016? Maybe.

As an old Political Science major, I must express frustration. The Google shows me few Ohio statewide polls, and most of them are either on the governor’s “race,” which is already over, or generic ones about Congressional elections which are so meaningless I won’t even bother with a link. As I said over a month ago, as far as the governor’s race goes, you can stick a fork in the corporatist Democrat, he’s done.  The latest polls show incumbent Republican John Kasich with at LEAST a 20 point lead. The Democrats have pulled out of their pathetic candidate’s self-imploded campaign, and appear to be spending it in other states, judging by my own observations of local TV ads.

I have yet to see a single ad FOR a single Democratic statewide candidate, though I’ve seen a very few attack ads on statewide Republican incumbents, who themselves are dominating the “air war” with ads mostly showing their own children talking about how wonderful they are as human beings, which are so wholesome they make me want to barf. There’s a little bit of an interesting exchange between a couple of Congressional candidates in the Cleveland exurbs, but that’s it.

There’s no United States Senate election here this year, either, which probably contributes to the Democratic abandonment of Ohio.

And that’s a damned shame, really. The Democratic candidate for Secretary of State, Nina Turner, is a firebrand who would really work to make sure working class people will be able to vote, while the Republican incumbent, Jon Husted, is a religious right Nazi who has done everything he can to deprive that same class of people of the ability to vote, and has been shot down by Republican judges several times because he’s so extreme. The Treasurer, Josh Mandel, who Senator Hangover, er, Sherrod Brown, handily defeated last time out is a truly corrupt SOB, but he’s got all the money and air time in spite of looking like he just turned 16. The Democrats, if they just spent the money, could run a sour-looking yellow dog and kick his ass, but they’re not doing it.

As far as the Statehouse goes, probably nothing much will change. The Republicans already gerrymandered the districts after the 2010 census, so they will keep their substantial majority in both houses and probably even pick up a few seats, but not many. The Republican tide is so high, in fact, that some local corporate media have expressed the hope that a Republican might even win the race for Cuyahoga County Executive, but I think that’ll happen just after the Pope declares Stalin a saint. There are immutable laws in politics, after all, and Republicans just don’t win countywide races in the county in which has Cleveland as its seat. More likely a hurricane will blow out every window in downtown Denver.

Of course, it all comes down to turnout. Maybe, just maybe, there will be one statewide upset, though I sure wouldn’t bet a paycheck on it. After all, why should normally Democratic voters turn out? The Democratic Party has done absolutely nothing for them under Obama, anyway. Corporate profits rise, prices rise, their wages drop or cease to exist. Kasich and the Ohio Republicans haven’t actually DONE anything to hurt them more than their own party’s Leader has. So why should they bother to vote, other than on very local races and ballot initiatives like funding the schools or the libraries?

Hell, Ohioans LOVE their libraries; that might even swing a couple of Statehouse elections, come to think of it.

Anyway, for all of you 2016 presidential election speculators out there, the Ohio Democratic Party is in disarray. The Republicans are having their convention in Cleveland, at great expense to the local taxpayers–including me, goddammit–and they’re going to get a LOT of free airtime here. Don’t count on Hillary carrying Ohio, especially if the Republicans show any sense whatsoever and nominate Jeb Bush, which they just well might. All of the others so far are total idiots. Ted Cruz? Really? Get real.

Not that there’s any real difference in issues of consequence between a Bush and a Clinton, anyway, and no, gay marriage, abortion, and other social issues don’t count for me and for millions of other Americans. At least Jeb never sat on the board of directors of Wal-Mart, which is more than I can say for Hillary. Take THAT, lesser-of-two-evilist D-Team cheerleaders. Not that I’d ever vote for that Republican SOB, or Hillary, either. I mean SOB literally and insultingly, BTW. Barbara Bush is a bitch, by all accounts.

Ugh. I think I’m going to be sick now. Please don’t be offended if I don’t respond to comments right away. Early to bed, work, inadequate paycheck, all that. And have a nice night.

And vote anyway.

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2014 Elections: Democrats in Ohio Will Be Massacred. Prelude to 2016? Maybe.

As an old Political Science major, I must express frustration. The Google shows me few Ohio statewide polls, and most of them are either on the governor’s “race,” which is already over, or generic ones about Congressional elections which are so meaningless I won’t even bother with a link. As I said over a month ago, as far as the governor’s race goes, you can stick a fork in the corporatist Democrat, he’s done.  The latest polls show incumbent Republican John Kasich with at LEAST a 20 point lead. The Democrats have pulled out of their pathetic candidate’s self-imploded campaign, and appear to be spending it in other states, judging by my own observations of local TV ads.

I have yet to see a single ad FOR a single Democratic statewide candidate, though I’ve seen a very few attack ads on statewide Republican incumbents, who themselves are dominating the “air war” with ads mostly showing their own children talking about how wonderful they are as human beings, which are so wholesome they make me want to barf. There’s a little bit of an interesting exchange between a couple of Congressional candidates in the Cleveland exurbs, but that’s it.

There’s no United States Senate election here this year, either, which probably contributes to the Democratic abandonment of Ohio.

And that’s a damned shame, really. The Democratic candidate for Secretary of State, Nina Turner, is a firebrand who would really work to make sure working class people will be able to vote, while the Republican incumbent, Jon Husted, is a religious right Nazi who has done everything he can to deprive that same class of people of the ability to vote, and has been shot down by Republican judges several times because he’s so extreme. The Treasurer, Josh Mandel, who Senator Hangover, er, Sherrod Brown, handily defeated last time out is a truly corrupt SOB, but he’s got all the money and air time in spite of looking like he just turned 16. The Democrats, if they just spent the money, could run a sour-looking yellow dog and kick his ass, but they’re not doing it.

As far as the Statehouse goes, probably nothing much will change. The Republicans already gerrymandered the districts after the 2010 census, so they will keep their substantial majority in both houses and probably even pick up a few seats, but not many. The Republican tide is so high, in fact, that some local corporate media have expressed the hope that a Republican might even win the race for Cuyahoga County Executive, but I think that’ll happen just after the Pope declares Stalin a saint. There are immutable laws in politics, after all, and Republicans just don’t win countywide races in the county in which has Cleveland as its seat. More likely a hurricane will blow out every window in downtown Denver.

Of course, it all comes down to turnout. Maybe, just maybe, there will be one statewide upset, though I sure wouldn’t bet a paycheck on it. After all, why should normally Democratic voters turn out? The Democratic Party has done absolutely nothing for them under Obama, anyway. Corporate profits rise, prices rise, their wages drop or cease to exist. Kasich and the Ohio Republicans haven’t actually DONE anything to hurt them more than their own party’s Leader has. So why should they bother to vote, other than on very local races and ballot initiatives like funding the schools or the libraries?

Hell, Ohioans LOVE their libraries; that might even swing a couple of Statehouse elections, come to think of it.

Anyway, for all of you 2016 presidential election speculators out there, the Ohio Democratic Party is in disarray. The Republicans are having their convention in Cleveland, at great expense to the local taxpayers–including me, goddammit–and they’re going to get a LOT of free airtime here. Don’t count on Hillary carrying Ohio, especially if the Republicans show any sense whatsoever and nominate Jeb Bush, which they just well might. All of the others so far are total idiots. Ted Cruz? Really? Get real.

Not that there’s any real difference in issues of consequence between a Bush and a Clinton, anyway, and no, gay marriage, abortion, and other social issues don’t count for me and for millions of other Americans. At least Jeb never sat on the board of directors of Wal-Mart, which is more than I can say for Hillary. Take THAT, lesser-of-two-evilist D-Team cheerleaders. Not that I’d ever vote for that Republican SOB, or Hillary, either. I mean SOB literally and insultingly, BTW. Barbara Bush is a bitch, by all accounts.

Ugh. I think I’m going to be sick now. Please don’t be offended if I don’t respond to comments right away. Early to bed, work, inadequate paycheck, all that. And have a nice night.

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