To an extent, yesterday’s results provided a contrast between and campaign run by the grass roots and a campaign run by the party hacks. On the Conservative side, Tea Partiers won big, but the establishment did not. While we did get help from Moderates, Conservative Democrats and Independents on Issue 3, both the campaign to put the question on the ballot and the campaign was managed and lead by grass roots Tea Partiers and Coffeeites. The victory almost speaks for itself.
To be sure, Issue 2was quite a challenge, the Unions gathered big bucks and damaged lawn of the Yes side. However, party head quarters should have know what they were dealing with. They should have excited Conservatives in order to gain volunteers and they should have given people in the various counties pamphlets and brochures to pass out to their neighbors way back in the summer time instead of waiting until the end of September or October.
Despite living in a Blue Union county, were Democrats out-number Republican, I helped organize a successful signature drive for my county and helped out a bit with a neighboring county for Issue 3. For Issue 2, despite the Yes side barely getting 30% in my county, the Yes side had more than 40% of the vote, beating the statewide average. My children and I also delivered pamphlets in a few other precincts. The Yes side had no problem clearing the 40% mark in those precincts as well. So the idea that I was too blame for the statewide loss (as pointed out by an anonymous poster) is laughable. As a grass roots person, I did my part. Hopefully next time we will get more help from the swells who run the show in our State capitol.
In fairness to our great governor, Mr. Kasich, he respected the will of the voters and he will look for other ways to help continue to balance the book and promote good service. Whether the rest of the leaders of the party get pull their pants up and get their act together for next time remains to be seen.
The Democrats have not learned from their defeat, they do not respect the will of the voters and they will go to court in order to force mandates on Ohioans. Hopefully, the Republicans will eventually learn from Tuesday’s results unlike the Democrats. The Party establishment constantly whines and complains about Tea Party candidates while failing to come up with better alternatives. After watching two campaigns unfold side by side in the same state, it now appears clear that the establishment is not any better at leading and organizing campaigns than grass roots are. Hopefully, the party elite will put aside their arrogance and co-operate with the people. This will help avoid losses in the future.
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