Have you voted yet? I know you’re probably tired of talking about the Presidential election but as a good Ohioan, I feel as if perhaps you haven’t actually talked about it enough. It’s my understanding that if you live in a solidly blue or red state, you may not have seen a Presidential ad for some time now.
Is this true?
As I watched regular TV news the other night so I could see what was happening on the East Coast, it occurred to me that every single ad shown was a political one. EVERY ONE. There wasn’t even one of the annoying local car dealership. Not one. McDonalds? Nope. Every ad was either a Mitt Romney ad, a Barack Obama ad, a Sherrod Brown ad (running for Senate), or a Josh Mandel ad (his opponent.) Having seen all of them so many times, I tuned them out. Which is why I didn’t catch that Mitt’s latest ad was the General Motors one where he was dishonest. Again.
There is a certain love that Ohio feels for politics. Eight Presidents have been from Ohio. And it’s been said time and time again that no Republican has won the presidency without carrying Ohio since Abe Lincoln. Only two Democrats in the last century became President after losing Ohio. Franklin D Roosevelt in 1944 and John F Kennedy in 1960, which surprises me since Ohio has a high Catholic population. From 1904 through 2004, Ohio’s winner won the presidency 22 of 26 times.
I understand, based on the history, why my state gets so much attention. But it becomes a little annoying.
In the last week, Mitt Romney was in Ohio on Oct. 25 (three stops), Oct 26, Oct 28 (three stops), Oct 30 (2 stops), and today (2 stops.)
Paul Ryan was in Ohio on Oct 27 (5 stops), today, and will be here tomorrow.
Joe Biden was in Ohio on Oct. 29.
Barack Obama was in Ohio on Oct. 25.
Let’s remember that during this week, Hurricane Sandy also happened. Keeping that in mind, Ohio had 20 stops in the last week from Presidential candidates. I know President Obama and Joe Biden had also planned on coming to Ohio earlier this week before Hurricane Sandy came about.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the feeling that my vote actually counts. But the incessant ads and nonstop campaigning are beginning to wear us down. Especially since there are a lot of folks in Ohio who have the policy that there are four things you never talk about: money, religion, sex, and politics (thanks, Dad.)
And like this little girl, I’ll be happy when my blood pressure goes down and the ads are off the air.