Ohio is a red state, just one that has been scorned by the Republican establishment that ran it for too long (and still getting scorned, even today).
The other thing to remember about Ohio, is even though it's so red, we have very blue areas (or potentially). Cleveland, Cincinnati and Dayton have a large African-American populace, so if we can get these areas out to vote this year, an Obama win will not be that hard. That's if the push-polling going on here by McCain doesn't hurt us.
Looks like they are playing nice with Pelosi in hopes to get their cameras on the floor. Of course if that happens, then all bets are off. They will have any clip pulled from YouTube immediately.
Perhaps an alternative would be to allow C-Span to have the cameras, however a new government website or (better yet) channel on cable (as part of their FCC license requirements for PSA) is created to which all proceedings are public domain.
No matter what happens, anything happening in Congress should be part of the public domain (short of National Security issues). C-Span should not be allowed to hold a monopoly over the viewing of our democracy in action.
OH-01: Chabot (R) 48%--46% Cranley (D) (no trendline)
That is actually Cranley (D) 48% and Chabot(R) 46%.
This is a highly watched race right now because OH-01 is one of the highly gerrymandered districts that was made to protect Chabot. Hell - just come to my house. I am in OH-08. Walk across the street and I am in OH-01. Walk north on my street about 6 house, back in OH-01. Go to the start of my street (to the south) - back in OH-01. I even know someone down the street whose house was blocked out just to be in OH-01 because they are Republicans. It is a nightmare.
With all the said - it is great that Cranley is ahead right now (even if it is in the MOE).
I dissected this article today and compared it to data from the Census Bureau on voter turnout. If Stewart is "hurting democracy" then how come the 18-24 age group is having an increase in turnout? You can view my data here:
Add to this an interesting article from U.S. News and World Reports that says a poll they conducted puts "morale" issues at the bottom of the priority list for Americans and that takes away the only thing the Republicans vaguely have going for them.
That is a weird system. I remember years (almost decades) ago in school one of my teachers talking about the registering for parties and how it was such a common thing to register for the party you oppose. The reason is so you can vote in primaries for the least likely candidate and help throw that balance off.
We need election reform so bad here. Our current system has way to many loop holes and dirty tricks screaming to be used.
It boils down to bloggers have a load more accountability than the mainstream does. Its like they think we are doing this for all the fame and fortune. Yeah right.
One thing I have a major problem with is the fact that us in the political blogosphere are always lumped together with the adolescent myspacers that post their life stories on the internet. That just makes me sick. It would be like lumping the WAPO or NYT with other print like Hustler of Jugs.