We’ve not only been tracking what goes on in the all important, must win for Romney, state of Florida. We have our eyes and telephoning ears fixed on Ohio as well.
What our ears heard and eyes read in early October about the Romney efforts in Ohio was not good. We made some noise about these disturbing reports. What we originally wrote was later confirmed by Big Media outlets. This is what we wrote on October 9:
“After a season of some bad reports from Ohio we are now getting some very good news on a constant basis from Ohio. The Romney organization in Ohio was a mess from the reports we received. Campaign offices were staffed with young and arrogant local Republican party operatives more interested in themselves than in the campaign. Getting signs was a problem you needed to jump through hoops to get.“
By October 15, the Washington Examiner was confirming our reports:
“I see Romney momentum in Ohio in several ways,” said Mark Weaver, a longtime Republican strategist in Ohio. “People clamoring to get tickets to see him speak, people standing in line to get yard signs and then being upset if they run out, and polling that I see in my other races show him outperforming most other Republican candidates here.” And more: in an email interview, Weaver also said he sees “more and higher quality grassroots contacts, a better absentee ballot ‘chase’ program, staffers and volunteers who are mostly from the state (as opposed to a much higher rate of imports for Obama).”
What these reports confirmed to us was that the Romney grassroots in Ohio were very frustrated and willing to take on the Romney organization operatives if need be. The sisters were doing it for themselves and not letting Romney operatives get in the way of winning Ohio.
It was not about lacks of signs – there were plenty of signs in offices across Ohio. It was about signs being hoarded while campaign functionaries made supporters jump through hoops to get the honor of picking them up then placing them on lawns or businesses. It was about a campaign not running at full steam, lackadaisical, offices not running at top speed and not always open let alone welcoming of the grassroots.
From the reports we now receive things have changed dramatically. The grassroots are increasingly assisted and welcomed. The Romney campaign offices are now open and buzzing with activity. Mittmentum can be detected everywhere.
Some may reasonably wonder about the value of signage in a technological age of air warfare in politics. But this was not about signage, it was about desperation and the will to win.
What the grassroots saw was that Ohio was a necessary win and the Romney campaign efforts to win Ohio were a little more than minimal. This could have led to demoralization. It did lead to Big Media reports of a failing campaign. The Big Media reports led to more demoralization. It was an ugly spiral to defeat. But the grassroots did not get demoralized. Wiser heads prevailed in the Romney organization.
Things have changed dramatically in Ohio and quickly. By October 18 this is what we heard/read:
“What is the signage situation in your area? We got this email from a reader who forwards information from the key Columbus Ohio area – Upper Arlington. It appears that the Upper Arlington Progressives have noticed more Romney signs than Obama signs:
This is what they sent out via email:
Dear UAPA community,
As we drive around Upper Arlington, we see three Romney signs for every Obama sign. People must be thinking that we don’t care or that we’re too scared or embarrassed to show our support. We can do better than that! Let’s turn UA blue! Order your sign TODAY!
We’re informed that the ratio is much better for Romney than merely 3 to 1. Any signage stories from your area now that we are less than 20 days from the election?”
Some who strongly campaigned for Hillary Clinton in 2008 are busy defeating Obama. The Proglodytes will never understand why this is so, but those who bother to think know why this is entirely logical.
It’s not just signage. The grassroots are mobilized and ready to rumble. A report from the Columbus Dispatch demonstrates why crowd reports from Obama rallies are not what they appear to be and the strength of the Romney grassroots in Ohio:
“The cheering midst of a rally featuring President Barack Obama and a largely college-age crowd of 15,000 on the Oval at Ohio State University would not seem a likely place to encounter those not in the president’s corner.
Yet, the first five students approached at random by a Dispatch reporter on Oct. 9 turned out to support Republican Mitt Romney and his aspirations of replacing Obama in the White House.
The must-vote adoration and enthusiasm for Obama isn’t what it once was among 18- to 29-year-old Millennials in central Ohio, a must-win area in a must-win state for presidential hopefuls.
This is not 2008, when two-thirds of the youth vote broke big for Democrat Obama and his message of change amid the accompanying offer of making history by electing the first black president.
This is 2012, with Obama running on a recession-riddled record. Job prospects are iffy for even educated young Ohioans. Some fear their generation is in danger of failing to match or better their parents’ now-dinged lifestyles.“
Ohioans will rubber neck to see Obama, in the same way motorists will look at a post-accident bleeding lump of flesh on the road, grateful they are not part of the disaster. Ohioans know it’s time for a change:
“Husband and wife William, 26, and Katherine Frost, 20, OSU students from Grove City, had high hopes for Obama but now are Romney voters. “Obama didn’t fulfill his promises,” she said. “I’m ready for a fresh change,” he said. [snip]
Millennials, an increasingly diverse and growing group representing 16 percent of Ohio’s population, are coveted by both Obama and Romney, with both making college campuses a frequent stop.
And the biggest of them all, Ohio State and its 56,387 main-campus students, rests in the heart of Franklin County, which cast 50 percent of the presidential vote in a 20-county swath of central Ohio four years ago. Obama chose OSU, in fact, to kick off his re-election campaign at a May 5 rally.
“Ohio is the center of the political universe, and Columbus is the center of that,” said Mayor Michael B. Coleman, a Democrat who exhorted OSU students at the Obama rally to “have his back.”
Franklin County typically is vital turf in presidential elections, with successful Democrats such as Obama relying on six-figure wins to overcome the GOP votes cast by the reliably Republican counties dominating central Ohio.”
Win Upper Arlington and you increase your chances of winning Franklin County. Win Franklin County and you increase your chances of winning Ohio. That’s why we look to signage in Upper Arlington and activity in Franklin County.
“Rachel Dininger, 19, an Ohio State freshman from Arlington, Texas, is registered to vote in Ohio. “I’m not a fan of Romney’s emphasis on big business, but I’m uncertain about Obama’s economic plan. My generation is going to have to pay off his (Obama) debt. I could go either way.”
Cameron Phelps, 19, an OSU sophomore from Marion, still is making his call, as well. “I’m not really supporting anybody, but I’m leaning toward Romney after the first debate. I’m uncertain how Romney fixes everything, but Obama’s track record is not good.”
On the economy “Obama’s track record is not good.” But it is much worse than that. Our Big Pink catechism:
Obama simply cannot be trusted. Obama cannot be trusted on any issue. Obama cannot be trusted by his friends. Obama cannot be trusted by his enemies. Obama cannot be trusted.
Young people must know they will pay the bill for Obama’s wasteful America destroying charge card occupation of the nation’s capital. That’s bad enough to run to the ballot box to throw the bum out. But it is more than that. It is more than former Obama voters saying they are voting for Mitt Romney now “Because I refuse to be that stupid twice.”
For Israel, it’s about paying with their lives when Obama is more “flexible” after the election – if he wins. Ohio voters have to keep that in mind.
Israel has been completely surprised by the announcement this weekend that “no preconditions” Obama has agreed to “talks” with Iran. Obama frequently made the assertion that he was keeping Israel not only informed but consulted as to actions that affect Israeli lives. But Israel is once again victimized by Obama treachery. It’s an October surprise of treachery which had better be discussed by Mitt Romney at tomorrow’s foreign policy debate.
As of now, it is clear “nobody owning up to US-Iran talks story“. We expect Mitt Romney will make Obama own up to this latest treachery.
Obama promised Hope and Change in 2008. Only Iran now has Hope – Hope that their nuclear status will Change followed by a charred Israel. Israel is in great danger and we hope that consideration is made by Ohio voters and all Americans as they weigh their vote on the economy and jobs.
Obama’s Hope and Change nonsense was a campaign ploy designed to dupe the gullible. Obama has no experience in getting anything done other than dodge tough votes by voting present and slathering empty flowery words on the heads of those chasing trends and in need of idols. Romney’s promises are based on a track record, as noted in the new Romney ad – Find a way:
Find a way Ohio – defeat Obama.