OK, here's the load: If you're planning a vacation at Lake Anna in late September, scrub it. Chairman Alex Arshinkoff's Summit County Republican Party wants you to SAVE THE DATE. Chris Christie is coming to town.
For a $300 ticket, they will seat you at the party's finance dinner at the Hilton in Fairlawn on Sept. 29. You also will have a chance to get an up-front look at what the dinner's sponsors assume will be the GOP presidential nominee in 2016.
That's a safe assumption about Alex because he caters to fill-the-bowl VIP dinner speakers at these affairs. You also will get a chance to participate in his unique straw poll that will find its way into the next day story. In 2112, Rick Santorum, then (and still is) a presidential candidate, thrilled the audience with his attacks on President Obama and won a landslide victory in the straw poll.
When I last looked, Christie, though still the target of an investigation into the George Washington Bridge scandal, was in Kansas trying to dig Gov. Sam Brownback from a deep hole.
A couple of years ago, Brownback signed away the state's decent financial health with huge tax cuts (25 pct. for the richest Kansans), and turned the state's ledger from a $600 million surplus to a $2.5 billion deficit. At the time, Brownback cheerily proclaimed his state would gush upward and not trickle down to demonstrate how Kansas would save America through his good works and the Grace of God.
Once again, trickle-down economics would find a way to avoid the bullshit filter.
Joined by happy talk, both Brownback and Christie have asserted that Kansas' devastating path to looming bankruptcy was entirely due to - yep - President Obama's "failed economic policies". I have to say that when these guys move on they will leave behind no intellectual history.
A cautionary note: If you're in the neighborhood on Sept. 29, be on the alert for a lot of orange cones and a massive traffic jam at the All-America Bridge.