The View from Ohio

by Jonathan H. Adler

Labor Day weekend means Ohio’s annual Canfield Fair outside of Youngstown, Ohio. This part of Ohio is heavily Democratic, but in a “Reagan Democrat” kinda way. Lots of union members who cling to God and their guns. So it’s interesting that on Saturday afternoon and evening, the Democratic-party tent was practically empty (even though Joe Biden had shown up to the fair earlier in the week). The Republican-party tent, on the other hand, was buzzing with activity. I also noticed that the woman who took our tickets at the gate had a “Fire Obama” button. This may not be representative of much, but it was interesting to see more energy on the GOP side of things in what should be safe Democratic territory.