Ohioans Lead the Run on Red Paint
In the pages of the Wall Street Journal
today, Stephen Hayes
examines why election night television commentators are going to need to stock up on red paint to cover the swath of territory that constitutes the (once blue) Midwest. Hayes does an excellent job of explaining why this stunning reversal--most vividly seen in the bellwether state of Ohio--cannot be dismissed as a mere reflection of anger in the service of some hazy perception of economic interest. He argues that the policies of the Obama Democrats have been more than just an affront to the economy. They have been an assault on deeply held Midwestern notions of justice and right--at the same time that they have evinced a blatant, blustering and arrogant disregard for earning the consent of the people there:
The values that have long been associated with the Midwest are almost
anachronistic in the Obama era. Thrift, hard work, common sense--the
messages and policies coming out of Washington seem to disregard these
once-revered virtues. As voters in the Midwest and across the country
found themselves increasingly worried about the economy and government
spending, Democrats in Washington, led by the White House, changed the
subject to health care.
Do read the whole thing.
12:31 PM / October 15, 2010