Is the New York Times lying about Ohio?
After reading this story in the New York Times (you know, All the News that fits within their liberal viewpoint) that said that the GOP was pulling funding from Sen. DeWine's reelection campaign I was preparing to post here ripping the GOP two-fold. First, I am still peeved that the GOP spent money in the Rhode Island primary backing liberal Sen. Lincoln Chafee over a more conservative challenger. Secondly and more importantly, I was angry at the thought that the GOP would write off Ohio so early. Yes, polls have consistently shown Rep. Sherrod Brown with a lead over DeWine. However, I have maintained that once voters get to know Brown's positions on issues and learn about his past voting record in congress he will be found to be unacceptable. Ohioan's are by nature good people with moderate to conservative leanings and the extremist positions held by Brown will not appeal to Ohio voters other than in the northeast part of the state (Cleveland to Youngstown). However, before I could get started on the post excoriating the GOP for abandoning the GOP I got an email from Patrick Ruffini of the Republican National Committee refuting the New York Times article and saying RNC spending in Ohio will continue at the present level.
Well that takes care of that, right? Wrong! Listening to talk radio here in Cincinnati (WLW 700) and every 15 or 20 minutes as they give a quick recap of the news they repeat the New York Times main point that the GOP has conceded the race for U.S. Senate from Ohio. As the old Winston Churchill quote goes, "A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on." Even if five percent of Republicans say to themselves "why bother going out in the cold to vote if he doesn't have a chance," The New York Times will have accomplished its goal of suppressing turnout. The GOP needs to publicly rebuke the Times on this story and redouble their efforts in Ohio to disprove the claim that they have given up on our state.