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Are you in Cincinnati, #OIHO? You just might be an operative

November 4, 2012

Ohio, especially southwestern Ohio, is awash in political operatives of all stripes. Cincinnati is my hometown, and I can tell you this isn’t the norm. (Honestly, it can be a little sleepy.) But now– three days out from the most important election in our lifetime– the pols and politicians’re everywhere.

On the road to Middletown in an AFP van this morning, we passed a minivan with two Mitt Romney bumper stickers on it. The license plate? “Eyes Open”. According to our driver, it was a Mitt Romney campaign vehicle.

You can’t throw a rock without hitting a pollster or a news crew from the PBS News Hour or Fox News. Or “elite” members of the new media. Proof:

R. Stacy McCain (The American Spectator) and Ali Akbar (National Bloggers Club president) doing show prep for their special Ohio BlogTalkRadio broadcast, The American Resolve. It aired tonight. Listen to the half-hour podcast at the link. Or read the new Ohio numbers post by The Other McCain here.



Romney’s in the Air, Literally– Amazing Skywriting in Tucson, AZ!

November 3, 2012

(H/T Fariba Mitchell)


#AFP’s Stuart Jolly on Sen. Fred Thompson’s visit to #OIHO

November 3, 2012

Former Senator Fred Thompson spoke in West Chester, Ohio, on Thursday.

Stuart Jolly was Thompson’s escort for the 10-plus hours that he spent in southwestern Ohio, until about 7:30pm when it was time for him to be dropped off at CVG. Jolly is the OK State Director for Americans for Prosperity. He’s been in Ohio since Monday.

What did they talk about during that time? Everything. He rattled off the list of topics, including sports, food and war. Doubtless, the latter’s a topic that would appeal to Jolly, a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel.

-R.J. Lower

Path to the WH goes through Hamilton, OH, says expert

November 2, 2012

My first, full workday with Americans For Prosperity left me buoyed about the future of America… and that wasn’t just because of this.

Me and part of the early-adopter door knocking team. Even more crew is set to arrive in Cincinnati before the week is out. Can’t wait to see them!

More to come tomorrow…

EDIT.1: Hey, it’s tomorrow…
A comment from a certain blog I read:

Paul Lewis–

Darleen and I just returned from voting early in Hamilton, Ohio. We were stunned when we got there as there, as there had to be over 200 people inside the Butler County Board of Elections voting, or in line like us, waiting to vote. The line moved fairly quickly as there was quite a few voting machines. I asked the fellow that assisted me how busy they had been and his one word answer was “swamped” Butler County went to McCain by around 44 thousand votes in 2008. If the early voting is any indicator. I predict that this county will double that if not more. Oddly enough, as we were leaving I noticed that there was more voters in line than when we got there.


Caution, SW #OIHO: Reporter At Work

November 1, 2012

R. Stacy McCain, American Spectator and The Other McCain

Now things are getting serious.

EDIT.1: Thanks for the mention, Stacy!


News you need, I think… Also: @rsmccain & his “typing”

October 31, 2012

News, news, news… that’s what Wombat-socho brings you. And you like it.

Wombat, I really didn’t believe that Stacy typed that loudly. But he does.

-R.J Lower

Ann Romney to Red-county Ohio Families: Help is on the way. Soon.

October 31, 2012

Ann Romney, Ohio’s Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor, Cindy McCain and Jane Portman (the wives of Sens. John McCain (R-Az) and Rob Portman (R-Oh), respectively) co-headlined a Women For Mitt rally, at VinylMax, a window manufacturer in Hamilton. Hamilton is Butler’s county seat, which is a crucial, red county that both presidential candidates covet. A GOP candidate, especially, ignores it at his peril.

Today’s was my first-ever Romney event in my own home county. The event in Forest Park was a hop, skip and a jump from my house but over the county line in Hamilton Co.

The only reason that you’d know today’s Halloween was a child in a shiny, silvery robot costume, sitting on her parent’s shoulders.

Mrs. Romney wore a cream suit, with a pink, breast cancer awareness pin on the lapel. When she moved her right arm, a bracelet of multi-color stones blinded under the shop floor’s fluorescent lights. “I’m going to show you how easy it is to make a donation to the Red Cross,” she said, then walked the crowd through a $10. donation on her cellphone. She joked that she didn’t have it out to call her husband.

“We help our fellow brothers and sisters,” she said passionately, about the good nature of Americans.

Even a story that Mrs. Romney has repeated probably hundreds of times sounded fresh because of an interesting metaphor. When asking Mitt whether he really needed to run again for president, she asked if the country was going to “go over the proverbial waterfall.” He said that it was. At that point, she urged him to run.

With a slight note of road weariness, Mrs. Romney mentioned that it was cold in Iowa when Mitt started on the campaign trail there, and when she visited there this week “it’s cold weather in Iowa again.”

She said that her favorite Mitt story at the GOP Convention was that of Pat and Ted Oparowski. As their son lay dying in a hospital bed, Ann said that Mitt told him, “Do not fear, David, you are going to be greeted by someone who loves you and cherishes you.”

Chris James, a Fairfield resident, works at VinylMax. He puts screens into the window frames. He’s been employed three months, after being laid off from local window and door maker, Gilkey. It sounds like a cliche, but it was the week before Xmas– and his wife was pregnant. Before getting the job at a Butler County WorkForceONE job fair, James submitted 25 applications. He did manage to find construction work through a friend of his wife, but it wasn’t quite enough for his young family.

Near the end of the event, very much in the same tone as her convention speech, Mrs. Romney told Butler County families like Chris James’s, “Help is on the way. Soon. Help is on the way.”

Photos to follow…

EDIT.1: Visit The Other McCain for his take (with photos of children and… boots?)

Thanks for the very kind mention in the “Rule 2” spot, and the linkage!


Chris James

Chris James’s teeshirt