Monday, September 28, 2009

Bye, bye Cleveland?

Sorry Browns fans, as much as you likely wish it to be true after this weekend, this post isn't about the Dawg House moving to Wyoming.

Instead, it's to thank Brent Larkin for yet more campaign fodder. Here's a sample of his latest musing from the Cleveland Plain Dealer on Governor Strickland....


In Northeast Ohio, which Quinnipiac had going 47-33 for Strickland as of their last poll, the Democratic stronghold may not be quite as inspired to get off their butts and go vote for Ted Strickland after reading columns like this one. Remember, an absolutely vital aspect of every election is the Get Out the Vote(or GOTV) effort. If the voters have the same concerns as Brent Larkin, the Cleveland base won't even bother heading to the polls when the guy leading the ticket is someone they despise.

Now, to be fair, Larkin also says this in his column:
As 2010 approaches, the one thing that might save him is the scary fiscal policies advocated by his likely Republican opponent, former Rep. John Kasich. Strickland may seem to voters the lesser of two evils.
Scary fiscal policies? 1) Quite a cop-out to say such a thing without detailing what his objections specifically are; 2) Even more amusing to say such a thing since no policies have been officially rolled out; and 3) Playing devil's advocate, let's assume Cleveland voters don't like Kasich's policies which he announces them, it's not too often voters actually go out of their way to vote against someone, and especially in a midterm election.

But that single sentence matters not relative to the gist of the whole column, and how parts of it will hopefully be reprinted and placed on every Cleveland doorstep come Fall of next year.


  1. It would be nice if you knew a little about Cleveland before you posted on what people up here think.

    There are several reasons people in Cleveland won't suport a GOP candidate.

    First, the GOP State Reps and Senators ( barring Grendell) have a lot to be desired. They have done nothing to give most of us conservatives and/or Democrats a reason to vote for them. Sen. President Bill Harris again let us down by buckiling under on the slots proposals with the budget. I guess this is what you may consider strong leadership with conviction.

    Second... the Republican Party of Cuyahoga County is broke and in bed with the Democrats up here. The RPCC Chairman, Rob Frost, has not only condoned but applauded RPCC members donatiing to the Dems. Yep, members & officers have donated to Dennis Kucinich, Gov. Strickland, Marc Dann, Sen. Brown, Charlie Rangel, Harry Reid, etc...

    Now look who they are trying to push on us for RINOvich's replacement - Portman!!! This guy loves open borders and illegal immigrants, has voted against tax cuts & loves giving our money to the United States hating U.N. I guess this is considered a good Republican for the GOP. Good party hack maybe, but not a good conservative.

    I have spoken with many of the Democrats up here and many of them have stated they WOULD vote for a Republican if they ever campaigned up here and gave them a reason to vote for them.

    You ever want to know about Cleveland and our Clowns ( Browns & the RPCC) drop me a line.

  2. King,

    I wish you would have more thoroughly read the post before taking so much time to comment.

    Not once in my post did I state Cleveland would go GOP. My post was 100% about Cleveland not retaining its status as a loyal base of the Democratic Party when it comes to Strickland in 2010.

    In other words, Cleveland will not get out the vote for Ted in ways it historically has done for other Democrats.

    That is all.


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