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  • Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal





    Tuesday, August 31, 2004

    Bob? Gov. Bob? Anyone seen Gov. Bob? 

    U.S. Rep. Deborah Pryce of Upper Arlington played a role opening night at the Republican National Convention in
    New York City. Deputy Convention Co-Chairwoman Pryce was considerably more conspicuous than the leader of Ohio's Republicans, Gov. Bob Taft, who got only a daytime slot as Chairman of the Republican Governors Association and, as usual, said nothing worth repeating.

    At best, Taft is yesterday's news. If honesty applies, he has never been the news, even as he twice won the governorship. In what may be the most important swing state in the country, Taft serves no useful purpose in helping President George W. Bush win a second term.

    So while Ohio's valuable delegation is front-and-center at Madison Square Garden, don't expect to see Taft. Don't expect to see much of Attorney General Jim Petro, Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell or Auditor Betty Montgomery, either. They all want to replace Taft. So no one gets the push that Illinois State Sen. Barack Obama got by making a stirring keynote address during the Democratic National Convention.

    In this state, the game isn't Where's Waldo? It's where's Bobby?

    And that is among Ohio's many problems.

    -Steve Love

    posted by Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal at 12:12 AM



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