I may live in South Carolina, but truth be told, I want to return to Ohio, where I was born and raised. I miss watching the Ohio State Buckeyes play on Saturdays. I miss being able to tease Cleveland Browns fans about their offense, or lack thereof. I miss all my friends and family that I left behind when I moved down here.
While Palmetto State politics are certainly dirty enough, Ohio politics have taken the lead, as of late.
Our story begins in December 2010, when Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern—hot off of his public, on-camera tirade against so-called “Tea Party f—rs”—accused then-Governor Elect Kasich of racism and sexism on Twitter.
This was met with great criticism from both the Ohio conservative blogosphere and Democratic members of the legislature, most notably State Senator Ray Miller (D-Columbus), who is himself African-American. Miller scolded his party’s leadership, saying that,
“Redfern is right in his urging for diversity within the cabinet choices of the new governor, but he is wrong to infer that Gov.-elect Kasich is racist or sexist in any way. I know that not to be the case.”
Miller went on to call for his party to cut out the race-baiting, noting that Ohio politicians should “stop disrespecting, disparaging and denigrating one another.”
Predictably, Sen. Miller’s calls for sanity went unheeded by his party and its allies, as evidenced by the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s jump into the fray.
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a day otherwise reserved for celebrating dreams of harmony and peace, the Plain Dealer added their voices to the chorus of progressives calling Ohio’s conservative governor a racist. They note in their editorial piece that “there is absolutely nothing in his background to suggest” that Gov. Kasich is a racist, but go on to lecture about how his advisors and department heads “don’t even look like Ohio,” idly wondering if Kasich wasn’t trying hard enough to find candidates who weren’t stupid white men, or something.
The editoral ends with a paean to affirmative action, reminding Kasich to remember that “diversity is a simple fact of life”—as if he believed differently.
Plain Dealer columnist Phillip Morris kicked up the drumbeat up a notch, comparing Kasich to infamous segregationist governor, Alabama Democrat George Wallace. In response to the Buckeye Left’s drumbeat of charges, Kasich remained defiant, saying that “[he doesn’t] look at things from the standpoint of any of these sort of metrics that people tend to focus on, race or age, or any of those things. It’s not the way [he looks] at things.”
Given the “shellacking” that the Ohio Democratic Party took in November, it seems that progressives in the Buckeye state have been reduced to flinging accusations at the wall, in hopes that something—anything!—sticks, in lieu of actually working to save the state from ruin and decay.