First, the two major issues on the ballot, something called the Third Frontier, an alleged job development scheme, and a constitutional amendment to move the Columbus, Ohio casino location from a downtown location to a poor, depressed area of town, were both approved by the voters. What the majority of voters, I was not one of them in either case, approved was an increase in an already staggering debt burden potentially contributing to economic collapse on one hand. On the other hand, the voters sanctioned the encouragement of continuing moral degradation and collapse in an already economically and morally vulnerable area of town.
Second, as far as the Republican statewide races, the GOP machine with its wealth defeated the Tea Party endorsed or sympathetic candidates. In several cases the GOP backed or endorsed candidate, who coalesced the Tea Party ideals and principles as their own, while never intending to put those principles to action. What we have is the proliferation of Mike DeWine RINOism in several statewide races The GOP has apparently not learned anything from their defeats in 2006 and 2008! Like the Democrat Party the GOP, too, has not heard the outcry of the Tea Party or Town Hall participant.
Third, a few hopeful signs from this post election vantage point is the strong possibility that the current Democrat Governor will be ousted this fall. There is also a possibility that a few of the Democratic U.S. Congressmen such as Steve Driehaus (OH-1), Zack Space (OH-18), and John Boccieri (OH-16) will be replaced with somewhat conservative Republicans. From the little I know about Republican candidate Rob Portman, he may be another George Voinovich (RINO-OH), which is not good.
Finally, the biggest positive that I take away from this election is my involvement in the campaign of fellow-blogger Sam, who ran for Ohio State Rep. Sam and several of his friends and brother attended candidate forums, developed advertising and/or distributed campaign literature door-to-door. With limited resources and being referred to by one news reporter as being “just a truck driver” Sam tirelessly participated in the process. First getting on the ballot and then walking many towns in his district. He was a winner, even though he may have garnered only 7% of the vote. He tried to bring real change and real hope in a district, a state and a nation that truly needs it.
REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER!