May 5, 2010

They Don’t Believe in Anything … Except Their Entitlement to Power

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:51 am

Let’s be clear. There’s probably nothing unlawful about the unprecedented slate card handout campaign conducted by ORPINO (Ohio Republican Party In Name Only) apparatchiks at Ohio polling locations yesterday — even with what appears to have been substantial out-of-state help.

While it’s not illegal, it’s certainly revealing.

The “revealing” part is that ORPINO can no longer pretend to claim to trust its own voters. No; Ohio GOP voters must be told, and told, and told, and told how to vote, through endorsements in contested races and an emptying of the Party’s treasury if necessary to ensure that its favored candidates drown out any opposition — especially principled opposition.

The Party has also set a precedent that the other major party may strive to imitate in the general election. ORPINO complaints about SEIU and Organizing For America thugs hanging out in Democrat-heavy and swing precincts, if that’s what comes to pass in November, will ring pretty hollow given the poll-sitting exercise witnessed yesterday.

ORPINO has proven that it deserves the acronym I gave it last fall. It is an organization that is all about its own power … and absolutely, nothing, else. As it currently conducts its operations, its claim to any belief in sensible conservative principles — or even ethics, given its dedication to the political career of Impostor Jon Husted — is a convenient pose, and nothing more.

It would be one thing if this authoritarian organization had something to show Ohio for the way it does business. It does not. It gave us Bob Taft. It gave us Tom Noe. It refused to lift a finger to remove Taft from office. It marginalized primary opposition to Mike DeWine in 2006, when anyone could see he was a sitting duck, and when DeWine would have benefitted from having to get out and defend himself in a contested primary. Also in 2006, it sat by and failed to adequately support primary winners who had beaten candidates they liked better. They’d rather lose than do that (John Kasich, note well).

Now it has declared and “successfully” carried out an all-out war against its center-right activist base, and, in Husted and Attorney General candidate Mike DeWine, given sensible conservative voters (actually, all voters) two completely unacceptable candidates in statewide races. It has sucked any semblance of enthusiasm out of the people it expects to show up for get-out-the-vote efforts in October and November.

Meanwhile, Ohio’s economy slouches towards Mississippi — and we’re not too far from the point where that’s perhaps being unfair to Mississippians. Anyone who thinks ORPINO as currently constituted really cares is kidding themselves.

The Party’s only hope this year is that what launched Mike DeWine’s Senate career in 1994 with Newt Gingrich’s Contract With America happens again — a national wave that is so strong that it drags Ohio Republicans across the finish line (DeWine got only 53% of the vote against pathetic opposition that year). Any success ORPINO has in November will be despite and not because of what it has done, assisted by what the Democratic establishment has done to alienate its own base.

Legitimate sensible conservatives John Kasich, Mary Taylor, and Josh Mandel had better be watching their backs.


UPDATE: Apathy wins — This year by 77.7% not voting vs. a 22.3% turnout. Four years ago, it was 24.28%. In 1994, it was 33.0%. So much for early voting improving turnout. From here, it seems that the two major parties mostly don’t mind; a smaller electorate is easier to control.



  1. Hello Everybody,

    I came in second out of a field of five. I didn’t think that was too bad. The breakdown of vote tallies are as follows:

    Charles Knight 7,331
    Richard Geyer 6,131
    Justin Smith 5,388
    John Matthews 4,685
    Shane Dukette 1,890

    I think that Charles Knight either spent his own money on advertising in the newspapers or he may have been the chosen child of the ORP to take on the conservatives. Can anyone please clear this up for me? In other words, can you tell me how I would find out if the ORP was actually plugging money into either Charles Knight’s campaign and/or Justin Smith’s campaign?

    On another note, I discovered that simply putting rack cards in the doors was not enough. If we can actually knock on the doors and make conversation with the homeowners, I believe it will make a big difference.

    Please be advised that the entrenched ORP members on my local central committee were too lazy to get out and knock on doors so they went to the Board of Elections and made copies of multiple Absentee Ballots. Then they gave the Absentee Ballots to their friends and asked them to vote for them for the local central committee.


    Richard Geyer

    Comment by Richard Geyer — May 5, 2010 @ 4:15 pm

  2. #1, thanks for the note.

    As to ORPINO being behind Knight, the first obvious question is whether he was the incumbent and if his name was on the slate cards that were mailed out. My guess is no on both.

    You last paragraph is an indication as to why I really detest early/absentee voting. What’s to stop these people from copying their spouse’s or other adults D/L if they know they won’t vote and voting twice. A: Nothing except a conscience.

    Comment by TBlumer — May 5, 2010 @ 11:58 pm

  3. The Ohio Republican Party did not make an endorsement in the 26th District for State Central Committee. Rex Damschroder the incumbent did not run for Re-Election. There was no money spent by the ORP on any candidates in the 26th State Committee.

    Comment by conservativerepublican — May 8, 2010 @ 5:36 pm

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