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  • Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal

    Saturday, August 28, 2004

    Bellwether or bell cow -- it's all moos to Ohioblog 

    As Ohioblog has noted until it is almost blogged out, all eyes are on Ohio, the swing state of swing states, and to reduce this to the finest focus, on Stark County, Or, at least that is what Ohioblog thought before reading Rick Farmer's comments in Lisa A. Abraham's cogent Akron Beacon Journal analysis of the possible effect of job losses in Stark County, particularly at the Timken Co., which has close ties to President George W. Bush.

    Farmer, a fellow at the University of Akron's Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics, suggests that if Stark County begins setting the tone for the election (especially in Ohio) that it no longer can serve as an adequate reflection of the state or nation as a whole.

    Said Farmer: ``The Timken announcement (that 1,300 factory jobs could be eliminated) may cause Stark to vote Democratic. But there's not a Timken in every county in America, so it's no longer reflective.”

    Farmer's right. There isn't a Timken in every county in America. There never was. But once, there were more Timkens and Hoovers and other places that made things. Now, there's a McDonald's in nearly every county in America. Let 'em make burgers.

    - Steve Love

    posted by Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal at 4:13 PM

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