Thursday, November 20, 2008

Calculated procrastination?

OHIO AUDITOR Mary Taylor, the lone Republican to survive the Democratic sweep of state offices in 2006, has the look of higher public office in her eyes these days.  Governor?  U.S. Senate? in 2010?   Other than mentioning that she's asked about her political future wherever she goes, she didn't quite respond in her appearance at the Akron Press Club luncheon Thursday.  And when smiling politicians don't discount "rumors,"  as she described them,  you can bet that they are more than rumors and that she will receive countless invitations to speak at high-powered Republican get-togethers in 2009.  Who else, after all,  is available to the state organization in the wake of the GOP slumber parties in Ohio in 2006 and 2008.  She will only say  that she can't predict  where she'll be "One, two, three years from now." Her county enabler and party chairman, Alex Arshinkoff, who attended the luncheon, resorted to the words of his former boss,  the late Ray Bliss,  when asked to define her coy words:  "Ray called it calculated procrastination."  Thank you.

Taylor was co-chairman, along with former U.S. Sen. Mike DeWine,  of McCain's losing campaign  in Ohio.  But with that grim experience behind her, I remain puzzled by her remedy for the party's return to parity with the Democrats.   The party, she says, must return to its basic values of "tax relief and job opportunities."  Return?  It seems to me such  party insistence on its core values was cascading from the Republican  megaphones in 2006 and again in 2008 and no more effective than gossip.   Maybe it's  time to look for more imaginative ways to lure voters as the 21st Century races forward.  Except for the never- discouraged  GOP hard-liners, it couldn't hurt. .  

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Were the anit-Arshinkoff Republican forces present at the Press Club luncheon? If so, what was Taylor's attitude toward them?

Grumpy Abe said...

I didn't check out the guests with loyalty oaths.

david said...

Without begging the question of Republican "core values," how many times do voters have to say 'no' before the GOP guardians of those values catch on?

Anonymous said...

It pains me to even comment on this worthless blog but sometimes when you read something so wrong you have to. Strickland ran as a pro-gun conservative.

Obama promised TAX-CUTS for the middle class...Strickland said his school plan next year will not include tax increases..

Seems to me the Democrats are the ones adapting the Republicans traditional message.


The voters the last two elections said no to the Republicans is the Republicans abandoned their small govt., low tax, principals.


And Davey, before you get too worked up, these elections move in cycles, don't worry, once people get a taste of the democrat rule, they will switch back to the republicans.....


It's a shame abe how little regard you have for Arshinkoff considering how much money he personally donated to your worthless organization over the years.....

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