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  • Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal





    Sunday, October 03, 2004

    Good and evil of biblical proportions 

    Alex Arshinkoff, Summit County Republican Party chairman, needs a handler, preferrably one with a gag. (What's the deal, Alex? Are you losing it?) Twice in one week Arshinkoff has made statements bizarre even by the (liberal?) standards required to judge his words and deeds. First, there was the charge that United Way of Summit County had become a twisted liberal arm of evil since one of its fundraisers sent scavengers to Kerry-Edwards headquarters in search of campaign literature about Democrat Mary Margaret Rowlands who is opposing incumbent Republican Summit County Common Pleas Judge Judy Hunter.

    It was a ill-advised stunt, but it was not, as Arshinkoff suggested, ``a scandal of biblical propostions,'' one of which ``everyone possible (should) boycott United Way.'' Of course, most people, including Akron Beacon Journal editorial cartoonist Chip Bok, saw this for the laughable statement it was. Michael Gaffney, evil spokesman for United Way, which apologized, of course, said the public has been most understanding and supportive. This would include Ohioblog.

    Arshinkoff apparently did not learn from such responses. On Saturday, speaking at a rally in Cuyahoga Falls for President Bush, the chairman whipped up the crowd with a reminder that the people present have a ``mission'' (would that be a mission accomplished or unaccomplished?) to re-elect the president. ``This is a contest between good and evil,'' Arshinkoff said ``...If that other fellow becomes president, this country is going to go to hell in a handbasket.'' We can presume that if Arshinkoff is correct, that the handbasket won't be made in Hartville, where Longaberger is eliminating its basket-making as part of the cuts that are among the 237,400 Ohio jobs lost since Arshinkoff's good fellow became president.

    - Steve Love







    posted by Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal at 10:54 AM



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