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Screw ’em both
Posted by: McQ on Friday, October 20, 2006

This is freakin' hilarious, but indicative of the state of politics in this country right now. Apparently the editorial board of The Courier in Findlay, Ohio think Ken Blackwell is probably better for Ohio (as governor) but, well, screw him.

But while Blackwell may still get some of our individual votes, he's lost our endorsement, for whatever it's worth. His total nastiness at the Monday debate with his opponent, Democrat Ted Strickland, has proven that he's really not the kind of man we need as our next governor. Personal attacks of dubious accuracy should have no place in a political campaign. As Strickland said, "Mr. Blackwell, you should be ashamed of yourself."

Both Blackwell and Strickland have campaigned as religious people. Blackwell is an evangelical Christian and Strickland an ordained Methodist minister. The Monday debate showed which one has a greater understanding of Christian conduct.
Ah. Ken was mean. So Strickland's better right?
But Blackwell still had some good ideas — a state health insurance plan modeled on the one Massachusetts just adopted; a flatter state tax with fewer brackets; leasing the turnpike to promote economic development. It's a shame that these will likely be abandoned now, particularly since Strickland's proposals don't even come close to what Ohio needs.
But, Strickland is better, right?
Strickland is not much of a candidate. In Congress he's voted as a liberal most of the time, heavy on spending and taxation. He has few ideas, and some of the few he has presented have been analyzed as unworkable. He has no daring, no noticeable personality or charisma. But he's a nice man who works well with others ...
By the time I got there I was laughing so damn hard I could hardly see. And the finish?

With Governor Strickland, we'll likely have another Bob Taft or worse — but with Ken Blackwell we could easily have four years of gridlock, with little or nothing getting done. It's a poor choice, and one that we'll have to let local voters make without any recommendations from us.
Would that more "unendorsements" like this would find their way onto the editorial pages of the local rags.

A McQ hat tip to The Courier.
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Heh. Findlay is about 10 miles from me and my Dad has complained about what a rag The Courier is for years and years. They used to have a sports writer that was terrible, but they trumpeted him as if he’d won a Pulitzer.

While I can get to the point much faster than the Courier I have to agree that my home state of Ohio would not be well served with either of those candidates. I am happy, however, to have found a very solid candidate who happens to be a libertarian (imagine the odds!). That is why I am voting for Bill Peirce.
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