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Ohio Surprises

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When I looked at the Ohio breakdown yesterday and saw Obama at 66 percent, I was in disbelief. Of course, that was without all precincts reporting, and the actual tally ended up much closer: Obama at 51 percent, McCain at 47 percent (in 2004, Kerry got roughly 46 and Bush roughly 50). Yet someone it doesn’t seem a whole lot less shocking. From the general consensus via facebook status message, it seems—despite all the evidence beforehand that an Obama win in Ohio was possible—no one really thought it would happen. Everyone was afraid Ohio would be some sort of debacle again. Everyone seemed really relieved not to be the butt of progressives the country over’s disdain for the next four years.

Even more shocking … Hamilton County went Obama, at 52 percent. Hamilton County (which is mostly comprised of Cincinnati and its suburbs) went 74 percent for Bush/Cheney in ’00, and 74 percent Bush/Cheney again in ’04. In my Ohio voters article, Chas Veddern, a long-time Reading/Cincinnati resident, said “Years ago, McCain would’ve carried Reading and Hamilton County in a landslide,” but that this year it would be “close. ” I think he meant close, but with McCain still winning. I don’t think anybody really thought Obama would win in Hamilton County.

Cincinnati also voted in favor of civil liberties this election, defeating a red-light camera initiative:

Cincinnatians – the first voters in the country to decide whether their municipality should be able to use cameras to catch drivers running red lights – favor a camera ban.

I’m so proud of my home city and state!

[It did vote down a measure to bring casino gambling to the state, though; boo.]


Written by Elizabeth

November 5, 2008 at 10:46 am

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  1. Now that a Democrat has been elected president, the Democrats in Congress have no excuse. They can no longer pretend that they have to “hold back” to win the election.

    They have no excuse to delay war crimes charges against Bush, Cheney and company for Iraq.

    They have no excuse to delay war crimes charges for torture.

    They have no excuse to delay criminal charges for spying on Americans.

    They have no excuse to delay criminal charges for 9/11.

    Now is not the time for Democratic machine politics. Now is the time to implement true American values – cherished across the political aisle – of liberty and justice.

    There can be no liberty in America unless the tyrants who have tried to imprison us and enslave us are prosecuted.

    There can be no justice in America unless the high and mighty are held accountable for their actions.

    Obama is a former Constitutional law professor. He knows the value of the Constitution and the rule of law. He promised during his campaign to curb the unconstitutional practices of the executive branch.

    But that is not enough. Because if the tyrants in both parties who have trampled on the vision of the founding fathers are not held accountable, then future tyrants will learn that they can get away with it, also.

    Now that Obama has won, there is no excuse. Those who have trampled on our country and our people must be held to account for the whole world and future generations to see.


    November 5, 2008 at 11:14 am

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