Posts Tagged ‘Ken Blackwell’

Ze Stimulus, It Helps Ze Democrats

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

There’s really nothing that should shock be about the GOP (and especially Ken Blackwell) anymore, but still, this really blows my mind:

In an article published on Townhall today, RNC Chairman candidate and former Ohio governor Ken Blackwell urges congressional conservatives to oppose the reinvestment and recovery stimulus plan promoted by President-elect Obama. Though he offers standard conservative arguments against the plan — including a screed against the growth of “big government” — Blackwell seemed most concerned about the political benefit Democrats might see from successfully boosting the economy.

He warned that the bill, which calls for 80 percent job creation in the private sector, could create 600,000 new federal jobs — a problem because it would make it that much harder for for Republicans to win back Virginia.


Now, as you can imagine, a lot of people are mocking this today. I’m not going to sit here and pretend that a lot of people, Republican and Democrat, don’t think about things like this in Washington, but my question is pretty simple; who in the hell thinks it’s a good idea to say this publicly? Talk about going meta. Does anyone doubt that Senate Democrats are going to bring this article up in the face of Republican opposition? What happens if Ken Blackwell actuallys wins the RNC chairmanship? You think the DNC won’t make sure this follows him around for the next 4 years?

As they say, the stupid, it burns.

OH-Sen; Ryan “Considering” Running

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

Well that’s how Politico’s John Kraushaar characterizes it, but I think I’d be a little more reserved myself. The basis is this statement Ryan’s office put out yesterday:

“I am singularly focused on what’s best for my constituents in Northeast Ohio,” Ryan said in a statement. “That said, if I can have a greater impact by being in the Senate, I will certainly consider it.”

That seems like pretty standard keeping-options-open stuff, but even a quick parsing leaves it feeling pretty weak. After all, if you were really serious about trying to jump from the House to the Senate, you’d be inclined to a strong statement early to scare off other members of the House (you can’t run for the House and the Senate at the same time, so if two Representatives run for the same Senate seat, one of them is coming up without a job altogether), and if the standard is really where he can be the most effective, it’s hard to see the answer being a Senate seat in a competitive state as opposed to an incredibly safe House district. That especially true given that Ryan already has a coveted seat on the Appropriations Committee.

Another bit of Ohio news that has some people amused is the Chairman of the Ohio GOP’s endorsement for the RNC Chair position, which did not go to Ken Blackwell. That shouldn’t really surprise anyone familiar with the relationships in the state, as Bennett and Blackwell have long standing animosity between them. Frankly, they just don’t like each other.

Race and Republicans

Monday, December 29th, 2008

If Chip Saltsman distributing a racism filled CD as part of his campaign to head the RNC wasn’t bad enough, Ken Blackwell, the African-American former Secretary of State of Ohio, weighing in to defend him really puts the story over the top:

“Unfortunately, there is hypersensitivity in the press regarding matters of race. This is in large measure due to President-Elect Obama being the first African-American elected president,” said Blackwell, who would be the first black RNC chairman, in a statement forwarded to Politico by an aide. “I don’t think any of the concerns that have been expressed in the media about any of the other candidates for RNC chairman should disqualify them. When looked at in the proper context, these concerns are minimal. All of my competitors for this leadership post are fine people.”

Now obviously, you’ve got to start looking at this in the context of a political campaign, and with the fact that Blackwell is black in mind. And in that the thought process is pretty clear; Blackwell thinks he can score points with RNC voters by dismissing the racist actions of another candidate as media creation that, “in context” really doesn’t mean anything. This is ridiculous of course, but it’s incredibly illuminating in what it says about the GOP, or at least how some of its members see it. It will say even more if Blackwell wins now.