The Ohio Republican congressional delegation continued to reveal itself on Tuesday as a committed right-wing hit squad in its near unanimous opposition to the emergency funds for Hurricane Sandy's devastation. The only Republican supporting the relief package was Michael Turner of Dayton. Speaker John Boehner didn't vote.
That's enough to tell you that Republican David Joyce, the successor to Steve LaTourette, joined the gang despite earlier hugs that he would be a moderate like Lake County's LaTourette? ( Does anybody recall that LaTourette retired with a condemnation of the partisanship in politics today?) Rep. Jim Renacci, who defeated Democrat Betty Sutton in a monstrously redesigned district that favored him, cast a no vote. Renacci is occasionally described in national reports as a "moderate" but you wouldn't know that from the regularity with which he cavorts with his party's most conservative diehards.
'Twould be refreshing to boast that the Buckeye State had entered the 21st. Century by twice supporting President Obama's election; but with Gov.Kasich hanging out with the gun enthusiasts and pro-lifers, and the cornstalkers running the General Assembly, it would premature to rate the state's political culture as anything more than clucky.