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  • Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal

    Tuesday, September 07, 2004

    If only Ohio were better  

    Ohioblog has noted previously that in a presidential campaign the president has certain advantages. As David Halbfinger, writing for The New York Times' series Times on the Trail, points out, President Bush seldom must deal with hecklers. Attribute this to the fact he is the president, his more intimate audiences are pre-screened and Republican operatives brook no such dissent.

    Life on the trail is not quite as smooth for challenger John Kerry.

    In Canonsburg, Pa., near Pittsburgh this past weekend, Kerry held one of his front-porch events, which also are invitation only. Since these gatherings are outside, however, party crashers are frequent. Kerry has developed the ability not only to ``not let (hecklers) break his stride,'' as Halbfinger notes, but also to seize upon the subjects the hecklers bring up.

    This time, the heckling did not subside and eventually some of the good people of Canonsburg had heard enough and ``even elderly women in the audience were on their feet, yelling back at the hecklers: `Let him speak!'''

    Ohioblog wishes this were a ``Pittsburgh'' thing, but it is not. Civility in this campaign is about as common as it is in the Dawg Pound when the Steelers come to Cleveland.

    - Steve Love

    posted by Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal at 9:23 AM

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