Skip to comments.The Middle of Nowhere: What does Ohio matter to the Democrats?
Posted on 10/16/2019 5:09:02 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
WESTERVILLE, OhioAt an event in an ice cream shop downtown in this small suburb of Columbus, hours before Democrats presidential debate blocks away, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez held court with a dozen or so young, rising Ohio Democrats to declare that the national party was here for a reason.
Were here in Ohio because Ohios a battleground, Perez said, and Im confident we can win Ohio.
Perez wasnt just trying to cheer up the troops. He was weighing in on a live, controversial question: Should Democrats give up on Ohio?
For more than half a century, this question would have been unimaginable. Ohio was the definitive bellwether state in presidential elections, with the candidate who won its electoral votes winning the presidency every time, going back to the 1964 election. Those electoral votes were especially critical to the winners of the first four elections of this century.
In 2016, though, Ohio was nowhere near the national tipping point. Donald Trump won it by 8 percentage points over Hillary Clinton, while 13 states were decided by narrower margins. That new, stable reddish hue was confirmed in the 2018 midterms. Although Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown was able to win his reelection, Republicans swept statewide executive offices despite a strong blue cycle that saw Democrats regain ground in other Midwestern swing states.
From the cold perspective of Electoral College math, Ohio is unusually distant from the quadrennial importance its grown accustomed towhich has drawn scores of reporters to its small-town diners every cycle for Delphic wisdom about the election outcome. Now its just kind of
a red state, and not one in which the major Democratic presidential candidates saw fit to hold events before or after the debate.
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Uh, oh. Last time I heard, Ohio folks aren’t too jazzed about Schiffty’s impeachment fandango. Hillary needs Ohio. Again.
If Slate think Ohio is the “middle of nowhere” then they are complete and utter morons.
The leftists. Always claiming they fight for “the little guy” and “middle America”. And have utter DISDAIN for them.
I don't have an answer to that. But it always amazed me that John Kerry thought he could win Ohio with his record - and even thought he really did win Ohio. Talk about being in a bubble.
That 'Perez' is Tom Perez, the Puerto Rican communist who is top commissar in the DNC.
I wonder who this "we" is that he speaks of.
To compete in a big, populous state like Ohio you need wads of cash, something the Democrats don’t have.
Well, let me tell you, the people at Slate are complete and utter morons, because they not only only think that Ohio is the middle of nowhere, they also think that Westerville is a cute, quaint, sweet small suburb in the middle of nowhere, specifically, Columbus, Ohio. Oh, and it would help them if they picked up on the local lingo. Graeters isnt an ice cream shop in downtown Westerville, its uptown. While Slate didnt name Graeters, Im fairly confident thats where this little shindig with Perez was held.
U Penn graduate that lives in DC. I am soooo impressed. Oh wait, no, Im not.
Westerville is an upscale suburb of Columbus - we could have taken the elites on a tour of Polaris Parkway and showed them the other side of Westerville. What was the ice cream shop on Cleveland just north of Schrock Road - was it Knights?
Yes, that was Knights.
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The Middle of Nowhere: What does Ohio matter to the Democrats?
Slate ^ | October 16, 2019 | Jim Newell
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