Voinovich's reference to Obama's mythical place as an outriding socialist in an otherwise centrist government (bailouts and all) is the least toxic of what the McCain campaign has been saying about him. But it does confirm for potential voters their fear of "socialism" even though some of the less thoughtful ones might have a dickens of a time defining it. You mean, Medicare and Social Security, too, Sir?
There is one element of Voinovich's warm support of McCain that revived some old memories about Voinovich's own rising career. At one point in the upcoming return of Jim Rhodes to challenge Dick Celeste in the 1978 Ohio governor's race, George didn't mind telling me (although he did mind later when I reported it ) that Rhodes was "too old" to be governor and that the Republican party ought to be looking for younger, fresher faces. Let's see. At the time Rhodes was not quite 69, a mere child. McCain is 72. But who's counting?
P.S. In another ironic twist of fate, Voinovich ended up on the ballot in 1978 as the lieutenant governor candidate, running in tandem with...yep, Rhodes. You never know.