...the Brown campaign quietly circulated a policy memo: Interns and staffers may no longer contribute to any blog save for Grow Ohio.Recently, however, Phil DeVellis posted at DailyKos, and an avalanche of anonymous quotes has been all over the Ohio blogosphere touting Sherrod Brown's campaign. Is the previous blogging policy for staff and interns no longer in place? If so, why? And what is the new policy?
The Wall Street Journal notes that in a recent speech former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan described "the two American parties now as controlled by their extreme wings, even though the voting public is far more centrist... He described the leadership of the parties as "bimodal", meaning clustered at the extreme ideological ends, whereas the voting public was "monomodal", meaning clustered near the middle." "Such situations, he said, create an opening for a third-party candidate who appeals to the center. That, he said, could prompt the candidates of the other two parties to move back to the center, for fear of losing. He said the U.S. political system makes it difficult for a third-party candidate to win."I hear this a lot. Some colleagues of mine espouse the same opinion too that Democrats are just as extreme as Republicans. When I challenge them to name 1 extreme Democrat they come up with Michael Moore and George Sorros. No, I say, an elected Democrat. Name an extremist Democrat that is currently elected, and tell me what position it is they hold that is extreme. I can name lots of elected Republicans. Whether it's man on dog Santorum, or Tom "Terri Schiavo" DeLay, and now the entire GOP south Dakota legislature, but what I can't name is someone similar in the Democratic Party. Can you ? I Think Anastasia in the comments nails it for me
So many people I know also have this general impression that DeWine is "moderate" which has me scratching my head. I recall a decade ago when Voinovich was considered the "moderate" to DeWine's far-right zealot. What happened? Has he changed or, more likely, has politics changed around him? Many have pointed out that these days when you see an alleged conservative pitted against an alleged liberal, what you're really seeing is someone on the far-right fringe, pitted against a middle-of-the-roader. And of course,that skews discussion and perception.
With DeWine and Brown as the presumed nominees for their respective parties in the November election, Comedy Central ought to consider televising their debates.
At the top you will notice a link to Contract with Ohio.
This is a great idea and has generated a lot of support up and down the ticket, including 6 Democratic Party statewide candidates and Party Chair Chris Redfern.
The pledge itself is pretty simple and desperately needed.
We pledge to be good stewards of your tax money and help rebuild Ohio as a place where people want to live and work
We pledge to end pay for play politics and regain the trust of the people in their government
We pledge to end the culture of corruption that has plagued the state and return government to the people
We pledge to work hard for all Ohioans, not for the special interests
We pledge to listen to all our constituents, making their priorities our priorities
Contract with Ohio also has links to some great resources including district maps and election data. So check it out.
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