The Corner

Restatement of the Obvious, Cont’d

According to Dan Balz of the Washington Post, it looks like the fall election strategies of the Democrats is to — wait for it — morph U.S. Senate candidate Rob Portman into former president George W. Bush and gubernatorial candidate John Kasich into Lehman Brothers’ Dick Fuld. As my wife routinely observes, that strategy belongs in the latest edition of the Restatement of the Obvious, a companion legal text to the Restatement of Contracts and Restatement of Torts. 

Seriously, when the facts don’t help you — and the loss of 385,800 non-farm, non-government jobs from January 2007 to June 2010 plus an above-average unemployment rate for the dynamic duo of Ted Strickland and Lee Fisher are really bad facts — you have little to no choice but to make the campaign about bogeymen. Just as Pres. Barack Obama and the Democrats in Washington have spared no expense to insulate their union friends from the pain of the economic downtown while Ohio bled almost 400,000 private-sector jobs, Strickland/Fisher “cut” (read: retirement and vacancy savings) a whopping 800 government jobs. So much for everyone paying their “fair share.”

With President Obama in town to raise money for Strickland, he brings lots of other baggage with him given his plummeting approval ratings. The Ohio visit was full of the typical protests and counter-protests, but fundamentally won’t change the dynamics in the two races. Strickland and Fisher find themselves down with just under two-and-a-half months to go because, as James Carville wisely added to the Restatement of the Obvious in 1992, “It’s the economy, stupid.”

Yes, it is.

Matt A. Mayer is president of the Buckeye Institute.

Most Popular

White House

The Mueller Report Should Shock Our Conscience

I've finished reading the entire Mueller report, and I must confess that even as a longtime, quite open critic of Donald Trump, I was surprised at the sheer scope, scale, and brazenness of the lies, falsehoods, and misdirections detailed by the Special Counsel's Office. We've become accustomed to Trump making up ... Read More
Education

An Idea for Student Loans: Get Rid of Them

Here is a three-part plan for something practical the federal government could do to relieve college-loan debt. Step 1: The federal government should stop making college loans itself and cease guaranteeing any such loans. Step 2: It should prohibit educational lending by federally regulated financial institutions ... Read More
White House

The Problem with the Mueller Report

So much for collusion. The media conversation has now officially moved on from the obsession of the last two years to obstruction of justice. That’s because the first volume of the voluminous Mueller report, the half devoted to what was supposed to be the underlying crime of a Trump conspiracy with Russia, ... Read More
Sports

Screw York Yankees

You are dead to me. You are a collection of Fredos. The cock has crowed, you pathetic sniveling jerks. The team I have rooted for since 1965, when I first visited the House that Ruth Built, where I hawked peanuts and ice cream a lifetime ago, watched countless games (Guidry striking out 18!), has gotten so ... Read More
White House

MoveOn.GOP?

Some of you will be familiar with a lefty, partisan Democratic organization called MoveOn, formerly MoveOn.Org. It was founded during an investigation into President Bill Clinton’s shenanigans (which were not, Democratic mythology notwithstanding, strictly sexual in nature) and argued that it was time for the ... Read More