[T]he bellwether state of Ohio appears to have become hostile terrain for Republicans this year, with voters there overwhelmingly saying Democrats are more likely to help create jobs and concluding by a wide margin that Republicans in the state are more prone to political corruption than are Democrats, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll. [...]DeVos is wrong. The rest of the country is not doing great - at least not the middle-class - and that explains why more and more people are ready to vote Democratic across the board. The Republicans had their chance and they blew it. Forgive me for using a cliche, but their rich friends and corporate buddies got the gold mine and the rest of us got the shaft.
Sixty-five percent of those surveyed rated the state’s economy as bad; only 34 percent said it was good.
Only a third of Ohio voters approve of the job Mr. Bush is doing as president or the way he is handling the economy, and they seem poised to take their discontent out on Republican candidates up and down the ballot. [...]
“In Ohio we’ve seen nothing but our manufacturing jobs cease to exist,” said one poll respondent, David Stuck, 59, of Miami Township, who said he had voted twice for Mr. Bush. Mr. Stuck, a Republican, blamed inaction at the federal level for the evaporation of jobs in Ohio and said he planned to vote for the Democratic candidate for United States Senate, Sherrod Brown, over the incumbent, Mike DeWine, a Republican.
“Call it a protest,” Mr. Stuck said in a follow-up interview. “I haven’t seen anything done in the last six years. To be honest, I’m truly thinking about voting Democratic across the board because I’m tired of Bush.”
Twenty-eight percent of those polled said an adult in their household had been out of work and looking for a job in the past 12 months, and 44 percent of them said they were worried that someone in their family would be out of work in the coming year.
James Reed, 50, a self-described independent voter from Ashtabula, said in a follow-up interview that Mr. Taft, who is not running for re-election, “has sold us down the road as far as jobs are concerned.” Mr. Reed, a disabled chemical plant worker, said trade restrictions were needed to prevent American jobs from being shipped overseas, a view shared by 69 percent of Ohioans surveyed.
Thursday, October 19, 2006
How Does DeVos Explain This?
DeVos continues to claim that 49 other states are doing great. Meanwhile, the NY Times is reporting that alarm bells are going off for the GOP in red state Ohio, and it's all because of the way Bush is handling the economy. [emphasis added]