Where's the screaming about ANOTHER fubar in OH?
by skeptic06, Wed Feb 22, 2006 at 10:18:23 AM EST
Nothing to do with Diebold or Hackett this time.
If these stories are right, the Dem (I laughingly call) machine in OH has screwed up on a galactic scale.
In two Congressional districts, OH-6 and OH-16, Dem candidates have failed to secure the signatures required by Ohio law to get on the ballot before the time-limit ran out.
The number required for each candidate? Fifty! A number a guy well enough known to run for the US House should be able to get in his own street.
The OH-6 candidate apparently got 96 signatures - but 43 of them came from folks who lived outside the district! (And some of the rest got disallowed.)
Folks here got white hot over the Hackett shenanigans. Which at least involved a plausibly professional exercise of judgement on the part of the DC elites.
Whereas - not to be able to make sure candidates get 50 valid signatures to run for Congress?
(Perhaps there's a jurisdictional thing, whereby the state party can't even do little, mundane things for primary candidates. And there's the Darwinian aspect, that any candidate too moronic or lazy to whip up 50 stand-up signatures is unsuitable to represent the party at the general.
Are we happy with that?)Update [2006-2-22 18:27:8 by skeptic06]:
It turns out that OH-6 is ranked #5 of the National Journal list of the 25 most vulnerable US House districts.
I wonder whether any other districts on the Dem target list (or not on it) are at risk from similar snafus.
Has anyone from the DCCC or DNC checked to make sure?
I'm thinking, not.