Sunday, December 04, 2011
Ohio Republicans: It's Not What They Say, It's What They Do
If the Ohio Republican Party had the confidence that a majority of Ohio citizens actually shared the GOP's oft-stated core values — reducing taxes, reducing and/or eliminating regulations on businesses, exploiting fossil fuel and repressing women — they shouldn’t feel the need to rig Ohio’s Congressional districts in a way that guarantees them twelve seats no matter who the Democrats run.
In the early 1970s the Republicans held a clear edge nationally on the Democrats. Unsatisfied with their lead, they overreached with Watergate, subverting the Constitution, disgracing themselves, and losing control.
In Ohio, they are content to make Ohio citizens pay $15 million extra for a second primary. Perhaps the governor will provide the funds from education, or health care, or unemployment benefits.