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Wednesday, May 3

The Ohio Republican Party Has No Center

I'm tired and probably should be sleeping, but I just had to say it. Like the middle letter in "G-O-P," the Ohio Republican Party has no center. Unlike that letter, it has nothing on the left, either, so I guess it's more like a backward "C".

Nope, no center, just right-wing extremism. How else do you explain the victory of Ashtabula County Auditor Sandra O'Brien (R) over the endorsed and well-funded incumbent Jennette Bradley (R)? O'Brien turned the primary into a referendum on God-guns-and-gays (issues certainly vital to State Treasury operations) and down goes Bradley. And concern about the political extremism of Secretary of State Ken Blackwell (R) and his dangerous Tax & Expenditure Limitation Amendment did nothing to provoke a backlash by "moderate Republicans" in the form of a groundswell for Attorney Geneeral Jim Petro (R), favored by the party higher-ups.

Nope, no center, just a big fat right wing. Just so we know who we're dealing with here.

Doesn't sound like a stable kind of structure to me.


At 9:27 AM, Blogger Pauli said...

Since I guess I'm not a moderate repubican I wouldn't know this, but why would anyone have voted for Petro? There's nothing to recommend him at all and in case no one was paying attention, he jumped on the "conservative bandwagon" by parroting all of Blackwell's stances a few months before the primary (except for TEL.) He was the heir-apparent of Taft and I don't know any Republicans who really liked him.


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