This is surely the last time before Tuesday that I’ll be able point to some of the outstanding work being done at other SOB Alliance sites. I’d encourage everyone who comes here to venture elsewhere in the Alliance for important news and analysis of other Ohio races I can’t hope to have enough time to pay attention to, and for other right-of-center perspectives on what is happening statewide and nationally.
So, let’s launch.
A Rose by Any Other Name has some important pre-election thoughts.
Andy’s Angle, based in the thriving town of De Graff (about 70 miles northwest of Columbus, for the few readers who might not have known that, has endorsed Ken Blackwell. Not much of a surprise there, but what is a bit of a surprise is his take on the city-bred Blackwell’s strong support of agriculture in the state, in contrast to Ted Strickland, a congressman with a rural upbringing and who represents a predominantly rural district. But Andy has spoken at length with Strickland and not only come away unimpressed, but very concerned, especially about enviro extremists wreaking havoc on Ohio agriculture with Strickland’s tacit approval.
Blackwell v Strickland notes that yet another African-American newspaper has endorsed Blackwell, and reports on certain Democrats acting like certain Democrats do when they are less than confident. In Ohio? I thought it was all over. But if the vandalism, cyberattacking, and attempted infiltration of the GOTV effort are indicators, they aren’t as sure in private as they appear in public (I also received the ORP’s e-mail about these incidents.).
Boring Made Dull accurately calls Issue 3 (Ohio Learn & Earn) the “The Monopoly Profits for Racetrack and Casino Owners Ammendment to the Ohio Constitution.”
Brain Shavings captured a pic of John Kerry’s home page before he hid the montage of his big-bucks contributions to 2006 congressional and Senate candidates, including $197,000 to Sherrod Brown. Click on the pic at the site to see a full-size version, and you’ll see that Kerry has given over $200,000 each to six different candidates, including a whopping $586,000 to Bob Casey in Pennslyvania. Based on that alone, I see plenty of reason to doubt Casey’s supposed prolife commitment.
Connect the Dots 2006 has a YouTube of the Sherrod Brown Drug Informant video. If you haven’t seen it, you must. If your on-the-fence friends haven’t seen it, they absolutely must.
Conservative Culture reports on Ted Strickland’s family-values rating by the Family Research Council. The Reverend Strickland’s numerical grade is big, fat, and round.
Eye Hacker covered a story I meant to get to — the controversy over the clueless president of the University of Pennsylvania posing with someone dressed as a completely outfitted suicide bomber for Halloween. That’s right on the edge of being another one of those boomeranging “October/November surprises” the left is inflicting on itself in the final weeks of the campaign. In fact, in PA it could sway a few votes in the Casey-Santorum race — and not in Casey’s direction. Michelle Malkin covered the apology on Friday.
Gribbit’s Word ran down Nancy Pelosi’s record on Thursday. Yikes — He should have done that scary post on Halloween.
Start at the top with The Keeler Report to see his individual Senate predictions (a two-parter, with Part 2 on the way at the time of this post) and his sense of the House.
Large Bill has three must-reads — endorsements (including the ballot issues), a warning on the peril to the economy if congressional control changes hands, and a reminder of how Sherrod Brown initially agreed (and as far as I know still does) that John Kerry owed no one an apology, but that Bush and Cheney did (and I guess still do).
Deep in the heart of the 6th District Ted Strickland allegedly represents, Lincoln Logs see Bob Ney’s GOP successor in the adjacent 18th District winning, and has a really important link to a video that should be required viewing for everyone in Columbiana County.
Newshound has the impression that Strickland and Ohio’s Democrats are on top of their game and confident.
After the paper covered Bob McEwen’s residency and voting problems in the May primary, it has ignored equal, if not worse, problems with Ted Strickland (despite being pointedly notified by yours truly). It has also failed to correct its erroneous stories about Jean Schmidt and Piketon, and failed to expose Vic Wulsin’s Piketon duplicity. NixGuy could not be more right that the Cincinnati Enquirer has some explaining to do.
Pro Ecclesia has another one of those mandatory YouTube vids — this one is of Sherrod Brown playing politics and acting like a complete jerk at a committee hearing with Colin Powell. Powell’s response is priceless. The only thing missing is a good reaction shot after Brown is dressed down by a man of superior character.
Porkopolis has issued an Amber Alert for Nancy Pelosi. Return of the Conservatives think she might surface if her picture is on milk cartons. I don’t think we’ll see her until Tuesday evening if it’s a good night (from her perspective), and Wednesday morning if it’s not.
Scott Pullins says it’s hard to overstate the Ohio 527 Media hypocrisy in its non-coverage of an extramarital affair Auditor candidate Barbara Sykes is apparently having, vs. its prying into the dating habits of unmarried Republicans. He is correct.
Wizblog notes that a publisher of 23 smaller newspapers has endorsed Blackwell. Makes sense — the little guys are more in touch with reality.
Right Moment has a discombobulated thread that’s worth a visit for a variety of non-discombobulated reasons.
Right on the Right has a rundown of who stands where on the Fair Tax (the home site of Americans for Fair Taxation is here). You’ll notice that a number of Dems have moved from support to being non-commital or opposing. I am told that Nancy “Milk Carton/Amber Alert” Pelosi demanded the position changes.
I’m not going to get to this one, so it’s a good thing Redhawk Review did — WorldNetDaily’s coverage of how Mideast terrorists would vote Tuesday, if they could (I would not be surprised if a few can).
Steve the Pirate believes that Ken Blackwell has graduated from stealing elections to a more lucrative venture. Where DO all those ATM fees go, anyway?
The Conservatorium of Conservatism says that Sherrod Browns’ association with Wake-up Wal-Mart should make him “utterly unelectable.” “Should” and “will” could, but hopefully won’t, be two different things.
Last and not least, Matt at Weapons of Mass Discussion is THE source for all things relating to Sherrod “Charade” Brown. Just a few would include Brown’s shortcoming on values issues, his own personal issues (related YouTube), and judges. Matt also IDs DeWine’s positives on life and marriage.