Ohio primary day…

Today is the Ohio primaryTexas, Rhode Island and Vermont too, but I don’t live in those states so I am not going to talk about them.

It’s a dreary day.  Cold, with freezing rain.  Everything has a coat of ice on it.  Cleaning off the car this morning sucked.  It’s the kind of ice that just won’t scrape away as if it has melded with the glass.  Good thing we voted early, by mail, because today is not get-out-the-vote inspiring.

Last night on the eleven o’clock news they put up phone numbers from the Hillary and Barack campaigns for voters who need rides to the polls.  Apparently John McCain doesn’t care if we get to the polls because he didn’t have a ride number.

On Sundaymorning a young man in a black trench coat came to my door.  He was kind of scraggly looking, like a typical college boy.  I would have been alarmed by his knocking on the door, but he was wearing a “Change We Can Believe In” baseball cap and a big Barack Obama button on his lapel.  He was very nice and polite but we didn’t speak for long because both S and I had already voted and not so much for his candidate.  No Hillary door knockers. 

We live in an upper middle class’ish neighborhood.  Very large Jewish population and somewhat diverse otherwise.  But there is an over representation of snotty, Prius driving, liberal, white people.  I suppose that was redundant, eh?  Anyway, for months most cars have had Obama stickers.  I hadn’t seen any Hillary signage until last Friday which makes me question her ground game.  Of course, now every square inch of our city is covered in Barack or Hillary signs.  I feel pretty certain that Barack will take our little city but I don’t know that it will help him take all of Ohio.  This is most certainly not McCain country.  Oddly enough, it is Ron Paul country.  Over the past three months there have been random gaggles of Ron Paul supporters holding signs and shouting at cars that drive by.  I wonder if they really think that is effective…

I predict an Ohio election fiasco tonight.  There were already problems counting the early mail votes.  Our Secretary of State made us spend millions switching back to optical scan balloting after we had just spent millions on the electronic voting machines.  It doesn’t feel good to be an Ohio tax payer.  For the 2006 general election there were too many problems to count, the least of which were the electronic machines.  Generally speaking, the problem is people.  But they don’t give IQ tests for poll workers or Board of Elections seats.  Hell, I’d support giving them simple brain scans before I even raised the question of IQ.

Last week the seemingly developmentally challenged Mayor of Cleveland endorsed Barack Obama.  Only, he didn’t so much endorse Obama as he endorsed some man named “Barack Obamba” which was amusing.  Mayor Jackson would be an amusing man if only he weren’t in control of a major American city.  A few days later, while holding a rally in Akron, Obama thanked Mayor Johnson for his endorsement.  Which was also amusing.

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