Posts Tagged ‘Ohio
Rush reports that internal Goonion polls aren’t looking good for Ohio Issue 2, the collective bargaining reform initiative that would help Ohio communities rescue themselves from massive unfunded pension and health care liabilities for government employee unions. It’s similar to the initiative passed in Wisconsin.
Rush also explains the implications of Ohio Issue 3, the Ohio Healthcare Freedom Amendment, profiled by National Review Online this week for its potential national implications for Obamacare. What’s remarkable about this constitutional amendment proposal is that Ohio Tea Party, Liberty and 9/12 groups spearheaded the petition drive to get this on the ballot. It required nearly half a million signatures, 100% of which were gathered by unpaid volunteers in every one of Ohio’s 88 counties, working for over a year. (In contrast, the Union forces behind Issue 2 funded their petition drive with union dues.)
I live in a predominantly Democrat, union-employee neighborhood, so the only signs you see are against Issue 2.
The unions are in hysterics about it. They’re running radio and TV ads warning voters that they’re actually going to die if they don’t allow the public employee unions to bankrupt the State of Ohio. In one ad, a panicked man calls 911 to report that someone just broke into their house. The dispatcher tells him and his wife to lock the bedroom door and wait, because the department is short-staffed and the only deputy is not available. The first time I heard this ad, I laughed at the cowering husband, and thought, “damn, lady, you sure married a wuss. Where’s his gun? For that matter, where’s YOUR gun?”
I don’t dare put up yard signs in support of Issues 2 and 3, but I will certainly look forward to voting for them this week during early voting.
A real test for the GOP candidates: who will show the most support to Ohio’s efforts to curtail the power of the public sector unions?
I need your help in monitoring the GOP presidential candidates’ support for Ohio’s efforts to curtail the power of the public sector unions.
Ohio is my home state, and though I will probably never live there again, I will always love it and do anything I can do in my career to help all efforts to bring jobs and prosperity back to the Buckeye State.
I watched the Unions destroy my home town of Cleveland; the Unions drove factories out of business and sent companies packing all through the 80s and 90s, leaving what had once been the 8th largest city in the country at the turn of the century (with the most beautiful street in the world, Euclid Avenue, at the time) an absolute ruin of its former self.
Ohio is in the shape it’s in because of the Unions and the Democrats who feed off Union contributions and rely on Unions as goon squads; the Unions, of course, funnel the tax dollars they loot from the Treasury back into the Democrat Party’s coffers. It is a vicious cycle that destroyed my home town and my home state.
The only chance this country has of bringing cities like Cleveland and states like Ohio back to life is the curtailing of Union power and the elimination of the Unions as a tool of the Democrat Party.
If a Republican does not want to take on the public sector unions — or like Mittens Romneycare, does not support other people’s efforts to take on the Unions — then I just can’t ever support that Republican for office.
I urge you to strongly consider the ramifications of backing any Republican who won’t take a stand against the Unions.
The only reason the Left gained control of this country is because the Cocktail Party GOP establishment was either too cowardly or too stupid to stand up to the Leftists (or, in another theory, too in league with the Left and too concerned with all the perks that come with Vichy-style quisling alignment with the Left). In 2008, the Cocktail Party foisted Leftist enabler John McCain as the GOP nominee; in 2012, the Cocktail Party is aggressively pushing Mittens Romneycare as the “it’s his turn!” candidate who intends to do absolutely nothing to challenge the public sector unions’ parasitic drain on state treasuries.
I strongly encourage you to decide, at this moment in time, to take a stand against both the Unions and the Cocktail Party GOP establishment that have allowed them to do so much damage to America.
We really need to pay close attention to what Herman Cain, Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, and Mittens Romneycare do in the next two weeks leading up to the important vote in Ohio to curtail the public sector unions’ power there.
Today, Mittens stood on the side of the Unions and refused to give his support to the effort to curb their power. I believe this disqualifies Mittens from the presidency. Permanently.
I want to see what the other candidates do — and if anyone of them join Mittens in siding with the Union against the reform efforts in Ohio led by Governor Kasich, then those candidates should be disqualified too.
It is THAT simple for me.
If you are pro-Union, then you should not be the Republican nominee.
If you are a candidate like Mittens Romneycare who flip-flops and forever endeavors to avoid taking any side, or offending anyone, or going on record as being against ANYTHING, then you should not be the Republican nominee.
The next president will have a herculean task in front of him…it is going to take a lot of tough and unpopular decisions to rescue this country from four years of ruin.
If a man like Mittens is not willing to stand up to the Unions in Ohio a year before the election, I don’t have any faith he’ll stand up to the Unions the day after his Inauguration either. Mittens will, of course, be too concerned with being re-elected to change his ways and start making the tough and unpopular (but correct for the country’s well-being) decisions he’s avoided his entire life. We just can’t trust this man in office — he is too much of a cephalopod slime ball…no backbone…all squishy mush…with tentacles stretched across both sides, pulling himself wherever he thinks is most advantageous for his own personal enrichment.
Can you help keep track of what the Republican candidates are saying and doing to aid the Union reform effort in Ohio?
Interesting news from my home state Saturday. The Franklin County GOP held its first-ever “Swing State Straw Poll” on Saturday, a day after Ohio governor John Kasich signed a bill moving Ohio’s presidential primary to June from March, because of congressional redistricting that’s mandated to happen next year.
This puts the Ohio presidential balloting behind that of 40 other states.
You can imagine how disappointing this is for us Buckeyes. A lot of us are afraid we’ll have very little impact on the presidential race–for the second presidential vote in a row.
In 2008, Barack Hussein “Not A Muslim” Obama stole the election in Ohio with the support of ACORN and Soros plant SOS Jennifer Brunner. The narcissist-in-chief’s margin of victory was roughly equal to the margin of voter fraud facilitated by Brunner.
So, my vote didn’t count in 2008. I was disenfranchised. And by the time of Ohio’s 2010 primary, the Democrat-controlled media had already shoved John McCain down our throats.
Unfortunately, due to redistricting, Ohio’s presidential primary could now become even more of a moot point–it won’t take place until sometime in June, 2012. We Buckeyes may have very little influence unless voters in New Hampshire, South Carolina, Nevada and Iowa–and 36 other states–stop drinking the Kool-aid catered by the Democrat-Controlled Media.
Ironically, this new primary date was set the day before the inaugural “Swing State Straw Poll,” organized by the Franklin County Republican Party. Franklin County is the home of Columbus, the state capitol, and a big university. (Let’s see how many Buckeyes are in the house…”O – H”…) The Straw Poll attracted Republican activists from throughout the state, each of whom paid $25 to participate. A total of 428 voters took part.
Here are the results:
Ron Paul – 53.50%
Herman Cain – 25.47%
Mitt Romney – 8.88%
Newt Gingrich – 5.37%
Rick Perry – 2.80%
Jon Huntsman – 2.10%
Rick Santorum – 0.93%
Michele Bachmann – 0.47%
So, now that Mittens Romneycare has started to finish a consistent third or worse in straw polls, and Rick “I Heart Illegals” Perry is now getting half as many votes as Newt Gingrich, can we please stop calling Mittens and Perry the “frontrunners?”
I’m not as connected to my former network of Ron Paul 2008 supporters as I once was, so I wasn’t sure if there was much of an organized effort to get out the vote for him. I saw a mention here and there on Facebook and that was about it. With the airwaves kind of quiet in the Ron Paul Ohio blogosphere, I wasn’t expecting much. So even I was shocked to discover that over HALF the voters who took part voted for Ron Paul. And from comments I’m reading online, they were from througout Ohio. And what really surprises me is that I don’t recognize any of them. In 2008, the ranks of Ron Paul supporters were so small that we all kind of knew each other or knew of each other. This time…I recognized one name.
It’s possible that the Cocktail Party GOP is going to have its clock cleaned in June of 2012 if its not careful, in the same way the Democrat party had its clock cleaned in the mid-term elections of 2010. It would appear that the most active of Ohio Republican activists are Ron Paul supporters.
This does not bode well for the likes of RINOs like Mittens Romneycare and Ricardo Perry.
Perhaps Ohio will make a difference after all.
Obama won Ohio in 2008 through voter fraud, pure and simple. ACORN manufactured about 200,000 questionable voter registrations, which were accepted by the vile and corrupt Soros plant, Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner. And (surprise, surprise), the number of ACORN voter registrations from cemeteries, illegal aliens, vacant lots, convicted felons, pets and cartoon characters was roughly equal to Obama’s margin of “victory.”
And yet, despite the best efforts of Jennifer Brunner, the voters of Ohio will get the opportunity to give Obamacare the big electoral finger in November of 2011 (just like they gave Jennifer and the Democrats the finger statewide in November of 2010).
After Obamacare was rammed through Congress in the dead of night on Christmas eve 2009, The Ohio Project–a statewide coalition of Ohio freedom groups–started working to get an anti-Obamacare constitutional amendment on the November, 2010 ballot. But the Ballot Board chaired by Secretary of State Brunner “abused its discretion and clearly disregarded applicable law” when they blocked The Ohio Project’s attempt to offer a single amendment to the Ohio Constitution to preserve the freedom of Ohioans to choose their health care and health care coverage. (At least, that was the unanimous ruling of the Ohio Supreme Court in April, 2010.)
Ohio is a huge state, and nearly all successful statewide petition drives are conducted by paid circulators. Brunner’s office knew that The Ohio Project didn’t have the money that the corrupt unions, ACORN, or the Democrat party had to gather signatures–so they’d have to rely on volunteers to circulate petitions. Brunner’s strategy was to delay certification of the amendment language, assuming that the wicked evil RAAAAACIST Tea Party activists in Ohio wouldn’t have enough time before the 2010 election to gather enough valid signatures to get the amendment on the ballot.
Brunner was right in one sense…everyone involved understood that thanks to Brunner’s unlawful delays, the amendment didn’t stand a chance of going before the voters in 2010. And I’m sure that Brunner and most of the Democrat leadership in Ohio assumed they could keep the anti-Obamacare amendment off the ballot in 2011, as well. (They probably also assumed they would all still have their cushy government jobs after the 2010 election. They were wrong on both counts.)
Instead of wasting the precious time and energy of volunteer petition circulators on a doomed bid to get on the 2010 ballot, the very wise leaders of The Ohio Project decided to focus on getting the constitutional amendment on the ballot this year. And a few days ago, they succeeded.The group needed to collect 385,245 valid signatures of Ohio voters. This week, Ohio’s new Republican Secretary of State certified 426,998 signatures. They were collected by over 4,400 unpaid Ohioans, in their spare time, working as volunteers.
Ohio has 88 counties, and it’s not easy to get a constitutional amendment on the ballot. To get the anti-Obamacare amendment on the ballot, in at least 44 of these counties, volunteers from The Ohio Project had to collect valid signatures in excess of 5% of the number of votes cast in the last gubernatorial election. For the entire state, the anti-Obamacare coalition had to gather a total number of signatures greater than 10% of the number of votes cast in the last gubernatorial election. That, in and of itself, was remarkable.
What is stunning is that in nine Ohio counties, the equivalent of one out of every four active voters signed The Ohio Project’s petition to void Obamacare within the borders of the Buckeye State. In 30 other counties, volunteers collected a quantity of signatures equal to more than 15% of those who had voted in the last gubernatorial election.
The fact that a statewide coalition of volunteers has organized themselves, trained themselves to collect valid signatures, stayed focused, and successfully collected nearly half a million signatures is simply stunning. It has never before been done.
The Freedom Movement is strong and growing in Ohio. The state is blanketed with Tea Party groups, 912 groups, and other liberty organizations.
The majority of Ohio voters, like the majority of Americans, are against Obamacare. And last November, the voters of Ohio routed Democrats from the Statehouse and Governor’s Mansion.
Obama’s accomplice, Jennifer Brunner, is no longer around to facilitate the massive voter fraud that put Obama into office.
I believe that the combination of this massive show of anti-Obamacare strength, and the absence of Jennifer Brunner (and thus, voter fraud) from the landscape, means that Ohio is going to go GOP in the next election.
Thanks to Hillbuzz reader Temple of Mut for making us aware of this article from Reuters:
Keeping in mind that Reuters is part of the Mainstream Media, this special report still contains a number of gems about the current relationship between the GOP and Tea Party movements throughout the Midwest — Ohio in particular.
Several of us at Buzzquarters are from Ohio, and we get back for meetings of the Mineral City Coffee Club whenever we can.
As the left-leaning Brookings Institute pointed out in March, Ohio is important because President Obama Can’t Win the 2012 Election Without It. Not because of the Buckeye state’s 20 electoral votes, but because
Ohio is close to being a microcosm of the country—closer than any other pivotal state. As such, winning Ohio is a statistical “tipping-point” for any presidential election: If a candidate can carry Ohio, he will have appealed to a large enough slice of the national electorate to have won the states that tilt even further in his preferred direction, and he is odds-on to win the race.
And things aren’t looking good for the Cocktail Party GOP in Ohio. Tea Party activists are fed up. They’re fed up with establishment politicians like House Speaker John Boehner of West Chester (a suburb of Cincinnati). They’re fed up with compromise and politics as usual from the Party of Stupid.
On April 25th, about two dozen Tea Party activists from throughout Boehner’s district met with him in the west central Ohio town of Troy, which could star as Small Town U.S.A. in any campaign ad.
One of the 25 or so leaders, all from Boehner’s district, asked him if Republicans would raise America’s $14.3 trillion debt limit.
According to half a dozen attendees interviewed by Reuters, the most powerful Republican in Washington said “yes.”
“And we’re going to have to raise it again in the future,” he added. With the mass retirement of America’s Baby Boomers, he explained, it would take 20 years to balance the U.S. budget and 30 years after that to erase the nation’s huge fiscal deficit.
“You could have knocked me out of my chair,” said Denise Robertson, a computer programer who belongs to the Preble County Liberty Group. “Fifty years?”
She said “my fantasy now” is someone will challenge Boehner in the 2012 Republican primaries. “If we could find someone good to run against him, I’d campaign for them every day,” Robertson said.
The GOP seems to already have forgotten who was responsible for the biggest midterm clock-cleaning in modern U.S. political history, handed to The Left in the November, 2010 elections.
If they are not careful, Tea Party activists all over Ohio — and America — are going to remind them.
Both the Leftists and the GOP may think that “the heat is off” since Tea Party events are fewer and further between. The truth is that Tea Party organizations in Ohio (and elsewhere) have learned a lot since 2008. They’ve moved away from sponsoring rallies (high-profile, but low ROI) to grassroots political activism.
A number of Ohio’s Tea Party organizations got their start as Ron Paul Meetup groups during the 2008 campaign. They’ve moved beyond support of an individual candidate to focus on the fight for individual rights, gun rights, Constitutional governance and free market capitalism in Ohio. The movement has coalesced into an influential and organized statewide alliance of liberty-oriented local groups called the Ohio Liberty Council.
And their efforts are paying off. Liberty activists in Ohio have made history with The Ohio Project, a bid to amend the Ohio Constitution to nullify Obamacare in the Buckeye State. In just over a year, Ohio volunteers have collected over 336,000 signatures and are just 50,000 shy of getting the Health Care Freedom Amendment on the November, 2011 ballot. This is the largest number of signatures ever gathered by volunteer petition circulators in Ohio. This kind of “retail activism” is noted in the Reuters article:
After failing to halt the passage of Obama’s health reform bill, Tea Partiers staffed phone banks, knocked on doors to get out the vote and played a major role in gaining 63 seats for the Republicans in the 2010 elections.
The biggest midterm election year swing since 1938 delivered a large House majority for the Republicans and made gains in the Democratic-controlled Senate.
Flush with victory, Tea Partiers dived headfirst into local and state politics in 2011 — the results of which are expected to affect the state and national elections of 2012.
Their primary foe is still America’s progressive left — it is a given in Ohio, for instance, that the top target for 2012 is Democratic U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown.
But now more than ever before the full force of their ire is directed at the Republican Party establishment.
And, unbelievably, the Cocktail Party GOP doesn’t see it coming. At all. And seems intent on living up to its nickname The Party of Stupid.
According to Ned Ryun, head of American Majority, which provides training for conservative activists, the Republicans’ problem is they mistook their November victory as a sign the Tea Party backed them because its members are conservatives.
“The Republican establishment suffers from a weird belief that somehow the Tea Party will fall in line because it is an adjunct of the Republican Party,” he said. “But the Tea Party is not and never will be an arm of the Republican Party.”
Those of us who read (and write for) Hillbuzz understand that “conservative” or “libertarian” is non synonymous with “Republican.”
The Cocktail Party GOP just doesn’t get it. And if they’re not careful, they’re going to lose Ohio because of their blindness and arrogance.
If we don’t take control of the Republican primary process, we run the risk of having another John McCain shoved down our throats by the mainstream media and Democrats voting in open primaries. And another four years of the worst president in the history of our country.
Those of us from Cleveland like to check back in with the local news to see what’s going on. Today, Robby’s mother called and said “You have to turn on the news, do you get the news from Cleveland, it’s all over WKYC that some guy in Parma built a snow castle. Out of real snow. And he proposed to some girl in there and she said yes, and the whole city’s talking about it. He had rose petals and a space heater in there and everything! Some schools closed, people took off work, and everyone came running. Several heart attacks were reported, but those people are okay. They told the doctors they just got too excited. All Hell’s breaking loose”.
Parma is a suburb of Cleveland, where there’s not only a mall, but a famous peirogi shop that Bill Clinton once ate at during the 1992 campaign. Clinton’s face is still crudely drawn all around Parma, on the sides of various stores, with a giant fork spearing a peirogi, saying “Yum!” or “Nom nom nom!” in big Sunday morning funnies lettering. Many residents of Parma have giant ornamental shiny balls in their yards, resting on pedestals, guarded by plastic flamingos and little lawn jockeys. These may or may not be commemorative memorials to “The Day the President Came to Parma”. The houses are post-WW2 red and orange brick, and many men wear black socks with sandals all summer, “Because the white ones get so dirty, and I am not about to walk around without socks on, like an animal”.
WKYC is the local NBC affiliate in Cleveland, famous for having a morning show set in a general store during the 80s, where two old men (Del and Tom) would read viewer mail and occasionally explode a rooster puppet, so all the feathers would go flying. ”Taught that rooster a lesson, they did. I saw it on TV this morning! Del and Tom really let him have it!”.
It feels like a million years ago, but something like the Parma snow castle makes us remember what life was like outside Chicago. Here, someone building a fort out of snow and proposing to someone inside would never make the news. In Cleveland, the guy who did this might get a parade. In Parma, if you’re on the local news, people come up and ask for your autograph, and sometimes stalk you. ”Saw you on TV! Now, I see you here. You’re REAL! Not one of those CGI-a-ma-things! You are as real as Hollie Strano, that nice weatherologist, and I met her once too at the mall, and she was real too. Saw her on TV many times!”.
We really miss Ohio sometimes.
Stuff like this is so cute.
And, it would be nice if some great guy built one of us a snow fort someday, with a space heater in it, which hopefully wasn’t electric and pumping out enough BTUs to melt the fort and cause an electricity-related tragedy…which wouldn’t be unheard of in Parma, quite frankly.
God Bless Robby’s mom…it’s always a delight to hear from her, and catch up on local news.
UPDATE: Because so many of you wanted to see the Great Snow Castle of Parma, Robby’s mom sent these in, from the Cleveland FOX affiliate:
The couple seem really sweet.
We hope you get the impression from the article above how nice Parmaranians are. Cleveland’s suburbs all have a different flavor to them. David grew up with his mother Louella in Chagrin Falls and Richmond Heights, which are the very snooty parts of town. The super rich live in big mansions in Bratenahl by the lake. Shaker Heights and University Heights are the upper middle class, rich college professors and “big thinkers” crowd (Obama voters). Then there’s Euclid, which is lower middle class. This is all “East Side”.
On the West side of the Cuyahoga River, there’s Parma, Middleburg Heights, Brookpark, and Parma Heights, which were all developed after WW2, and have a high percentage of Polish and other Eastern European immigrants (for those nationality experts who were wondering). They’re nice people whose children usually buy a house down the street and live in the same neighborhoods their whole lives, for the most part. They commute downtown to work, or more often than not these days, they work in the little office parks that sprouted up everywhere on the West side in the 90s. Further out, you have places like Strongsville, Brunswick, etc., which are subdevelopments and people who can afford bigger houses and longer commutes every day.
Parma’s a town of church bazaars, fish fries, raffles, kids’ basketball and volleyball games on Saturdays, and where a fun time is still going to the mall, walking around, and then getting pizza at Antonio’s afterwards or hitting the Olive Garden or Ground Round.
It’s the Midwest, to the core, and it’s wonderful in its own special way.
Believe us when we say that while we’ll never live in Cleveland again, we will always have Cleveland in our hearts. As much as we’d love all of you to come to Chicago some day and explore our new home, it would be nice to think our stories of Cleveland prompted a few tourist bucks to head to the Plum City and its suburbs too.
Cleveland rocks, y’all.
They’ve got snow castles there!
Former Congressman and convicted felon James Traficant is out of prison after 7 years’ incarceration — and he seemingly, potentially, could be gearing up to take his old seat back in the House, representing the Youngstown, Ohio area.
When he was on trial in Cleveland back in 2001, we had the chance to sit in on a few days of courtroom proceedings. Traficant always dressed up in crazy suits, with his wig all askew, and made wild accusations during the trial. We remember the judge just rolling her eyes at him most of the time. At one point, the prosecutors started saying things like, “Your Honor, he’s doing it again”, to which she’d reply, “Just let him finish, we’re almost done”. All the while, Traficant invented all sorts of conspiracies against him, blaming everyone in the world for his problems…except himself for using government resources to remodel his home, and then lying about it.
Could Traficant really make it back to Congress? Stranger things have happened in Ohio…and he is not barred from holding federal office.
Democrats in Ohio make themselves look incredibly stupid: can't answer how Deathcare will be paid for
Living in Chicago for the last five years, it’s always surreal to see people we recognize from Ohio again. Names like Lee Fisher and Mary Jo Kilroy are things we used to hear all the time back home, but they’re people we haven’t thought about in years. Lee Fisher is especially worthless…though, in the clip it’s Kilroy who truly looks like an imcompetent buffoon.
It should not be a difficult question to answer when constituents ask elected officials — who are public servants, not royalty — how they intend to pay for the largest power grab and restructuring of 1/6 of the economy ever attempted. Regular Americans do not set out to buy a giant McMansion with 57 rooms and a tennis court without first sitting down to think about how, and if, they can AFFORD IT…how they are going to PAY FOR IT.
And it’s not like Fisher, Kilroy, and the Mayor of Columbus were surprised at home with these questions. It would be one thing if, in the middle of the night, like Christmas carolers who forgot their song books, citizens showed up at their mansions, woke them up, and started asking them questions about financing Deathcare.
This was a Town Hall Meeting these officials agreed to attend…so they should have been prepared.
Instead, they looked stupid.
And Fisher KNEW he looked stupid…because he made a remark about the footage going on YouTube! But he still couldn’t give a decent answer anyway.
What on Earth were Democrats thinking when they started doing these Town Halls? This is not 1993 anymore. Town Halls cannot be controlled because of YouTube. There is no MSM to spin things the way the White House wants. People can now see for themselves what’s REALLY happening.
Which makes us wonder…how long before the White House seizes YouTube…and finds some way to shut it down? If it goes down, what other ways would people have to share clips like this?
Does someone have an alternate and a backup plan? Because if YouTube is the only thing we have now in the way of getting the truth out there, since the MSM shirks that duty with glee, what will we do if Dr. Utopia sets his sites on it?
The above clip is Joe “the plumber” Wurzelbacher talking about what Obama operative Helen Jones-Kelley did to him after he dared ask Obama a question during the last days of the presidential campaign.
Judicial Watch has been helping Wurzelbacher; papers were served just a few days ago on Jones-Kelley, and she and her two minions named in the suit have three weeks to respond in court.
Jones-Kelley will try to dismiss the suit, but the state of Ohio has made that impossible for her attorneys, as state investigators charged her and her accomplices with wrong doing, in releasing personl and incorrect information about Wurzelbacher in retribution for him asking Obama a question “The One” didn’t want to answer.
Shame on Helen Jones-Kelley and all vile partisan toads like her, wherever they may be found.
In the clip, Wurzelbacher also addresses the attacks on him by the media, including CNN, which made up bold-faced lies (unsurprisingly) that basically ruined his life.
Wurzelbacher lost his job because of Jones-Kelley’s actions, and all of the media attacks on him. He’s now making a third of what he made before he dared ask Obama a simple question.
It’s chilling, Orwellian, and something we’d expect back in Kiev in 1950, not Toledo, Ohio in 2008.
And it was so bad that Ohio passed a new law, called “541″, which is meant to protect private citizens like Wurzelbacher from terrible people like Helen Jones-Kelley, who abuse state computers and other resources to target average Americans for personal or political reasons.
Since it doesn’t look like Jones-Kelley will ever spend a single night in jail for what she did, we hope Wurzelbacher gets every last cent she has, and the court drives away from her McMansion with U-Haul trucks filled with her every last bougie possession to make restitution to Joe the Plumber for her purposeful, deliberate, shameful, and un-American Obama-inspired attack on him.
With a lifetime of Muppet poaching and high-styling bougie couterie under her Snuffleupagus leather belt, Helen Jones-Kelley (“The Butcher of Fraggle Rock”, “The Cruella de Vil of Tuscarawras County”) has more than enough stockpiled glitz and bling to cover whatever judgment (we hope in the millions) is leveled against her. Just look at a mere selection from the “Helen Jones-Kelley Collection” to see what wonders her McMansion in the suburb of Columbus holds:
Politico.com is wrong about so much, we hope this isn’t true, but they’re insisting George Voinovich is retiring today.
If so, it’s a very sad day for Ohio — because Voinovich is not only an effective and dedicated Senator, but one of the nicest and most civic-minded human beings we’ve ever met. He is truly one of the good guys, and frankly, we can never have enough of those. Especially with Hillary Clinton leaving the Senate too. Though of different parties, these two share a common love of America that’s missing in many of their peers. Clinton and Voinovich would do anything for this country, and are needed now more than ever.
One of us here at HillBuzz is from Cleveland, born and raised. In the 80s, Voinovich was Mayor (before becoming Ohio’s Governor), and made a few campaign stops for breakfast or dinner in our family’s house. We remember being a little kid and coming down the stairs to hear the grown-ups talking about important things we didn’t understand, the way grown-ups always did, over the smell of coffee and freshly baked pasteries. We’d peek around the corner in our pajamas, and there’d be Mayor Voinovich, at a seat at the table that was occasionally also filled by another fantastic Clevelander, Stephanie Tubbs Jones, in those informal little coffee clatches that introduced us to politics.
It’s a hard blow for a hard-hit city like Cleveland to have two powerhouses like Tubbs-Jones and Voinovich leave the political scene. We remember back in 2000 one of Voinovich’s nieces worked out with us at a gym in Cleveland, when her uncle was being (briefly) considered for Vice President. But he never really wanted the job because he wanted to work for the people of Ohio, and liked where he was and told his niece he’d continue to work hard as long as he thought he could make a difference in the Senate. That’s how we remember him at that breakfast table too — so passionate, so hardworking, so determined to help Cleveland, and then later the whole state.
In a partisan Democrat house in Cleveland that had pictures of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and Jack and Jackie Kennedy everywhere up on our walls (and later, Bill and Hillary Clinton), George Voinovich was one of a very select few Republicans who were truly and deeply loved.
We hope he runs for another term and Politico.com is just wrong again. There’s no one in the Ohio political scene who can take Voinovich’s place, and no one in the Senate who can replace his voice of calm and reason.
The next 4 years are going to be some of the most challenging we’ve ever had, led in Washington by a messiah we believe will disappoint his flock at every turn. We’re counting on Hillary Clinton to hold the world together from Foggy Bottom — and realize we were counting on people like Voinovich to be one of those grown-ups at the big table again, reining in the brewing craziness and wafting hopium, as the Kool-Aid Kids come to Washington promising everyone lemonade and pixie dust, but delivering what we believe will be one sour mess.
We took for granted that steady hands like Voinovich’s don’t sit at that table forever — and truthtellers like Tubbs-Jones can vanish in the blink of an eye — but it’s a sad, sad day he won’t be there at least through 2012 to mitigate the disappointments to come.
We’ll say the same thing to Voinovich we say to Hillary Clinton every chance we get: We need you George, now more than ever! PLEASE give it one more term.