Why you should hate Ohio

November 5, 2012

A liberal explains; I can sympathize.

That any one state should posses such outsize power over the country’s political destiny strikes me as outrageous on its face, but that this state should be my own birthplace, the very cradle of American mediocrity and overzealous lawn ornamentation, is positively terrifying.

To those who know it well, in a way the Census Bureau only could if it were based in Akron or Sandusky, the soul of Ohio is its utter soullessness. What Gertrude Stein said of Oakland—that “there isn’t any there there”—is so much truer of Ohio that no one would ever bother to mention it, let alone be considered witty for doing so. In Oakland, one half expects to find a there and is disappointed when one doesn’t. In Ohio, on the other hand, nothing– and nowhere–ness is the whole premise.


Human beings of vision and vitality will do almost anything to leave Ohio. This urge has benefited America’s space program. John Glenn got as far from Ohio as he could. Neil Armstrong, with better technology, got further. Lebron James, not an astronaut but a very high jumper, suffered perhaps the most bitter vilification ever experienced by a superstar athlete who hadn’t actually been charged with rape—simply in order to have the privilege of severing his blah Ohio roots and transplanting himself to colorful Miami.

In fact, the only extraordinary individuals who rush toward Ohio, and not away from it, are presidential candidates.

24 Responses to Why you should hate Ohio

  1. RedStateGal on November 5, 2012 at 7:52 am

    In other words, fly-over country. Hopefully, the writer is safely ensconced in a Whole Foods with organic green tea and too many organic carbs at the ready for when he LOSES. What does honor mean to this person? Who knows?

  2. Dismantle ObamaCare on November 5, 2012 at 7:56 am

    I agree with another poster – if Ohio and PA deliver Obama the presidency, the first act of the GOP congress should be to allow Obama’s EPA to enact Cap and Trade and KILL coal. Save the fight for health care.

    Republicans saved Obama from himself when they killed Cap and Trade in 2009. I wouldn’t do it again – sometimes you have to let them pick their poison!

  3. Gerry Owen on November 5, 2012 at 8:04 am

    too funny-
    What is disturbing, is the regionalization of the political spectrum along party and ideological lines.
    We have a country that is split between one half (South, Plains, and Mountain West) which tends to be focused on smaller govt, individual responsibility, and a commimtment to the original constitutional intent, and another (New England, Upper Atlantic, West Coast) which is committed to some sort of Euro Socialist model which prefers putting all decisions in the hands of Washington, DC.

    The Battleground states are almost always the rust belt – which are the new Border states along with CO & NV, and Florida, which has a lot of Northeastern transplants.

    The only outliers are NM (usually Democratic)and NH (usually R).

    This is troubling, because when ideology becomes entrenched regionally, it has the potential to give rise to seperatistism, and civil discord, even civil war.

    This is becoming more and more entrenched every cycle.

    • RedStateGal on November 5, 2012 at 8:13 am

      Good point. I don’t feel like splitting off from some of these big spend, big tax, big control states is the worst thing ever. I would feel more comfortable with my government centered in TN than in DC. Then, we really would be a ‘flyover country’! But of course you are right; no way is DC letting the middle class, non-debt laden, productive states walk without a fight.

  4. Dan on November 5, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Indiana seem to understand how damaging Obama’s policies are. They made a misstake in 2008,but will resoundingly vote against the butcher of Beghazi this time. C’mon Ohio.
    WAKE THE FUCK UP!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on November 5, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Instapundit mentions a reader who says the Romney was not his first, second or even third choice…but who would crawl over broken glass to vote for Mitt.

    Whatever the outcome tomorrow, let me take a second to say congrats to Romney and team. All political campaigns are random affairs. IMO, they maximized what they had in the face of a hostile media.
    Hopefully they win big but no matter what, no backbiting from me.

  6. nago on November 5, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Lived in Hamilton and Clermont county for 16 years. Most depressing environment if I can recall. Have relative still there and they are depressing to talk with. Depressed down and negative, all of them.

  7. Dan on November 5, 2012 at 8:37 am

    I don’t hate Ohio. For now. That is subject to change.

  8. IP727 on November 5, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Ohio is only one state. Any other large state could be said to have the same impact.
    They are just one of the last undecided ones standing.

  9. Setnaffa on November 5, 2012 at 9:09 am

    It’s not Ohio. It’s the whole Country. We need to pray through from Romans 1:22 to 2 Chronicles 7:14…

    • Drew on November 5, 2012 at 10:20 am

      Yes! And I predict that Christians will vote in WAY bigger numbers this year – and will be a huge part of the tidal wave that will overtake Obama and drown the corrupt liberal ilk. Over the past 4 years, Christians built an ark while the left laughed and partied; but now the flood is coming. The left doesn’t even see it coming, and they won’t see it until it’s too late.

  10. Spike on November 5, 2012 at 9:34 am

    What……no more InTrade posts from MikeN?

  11. Haverwilde on November 5, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Face it folks, it is not regional shit that is the problem, it is a lying liberal media. If the media was neutral, Obama would lose all but two or three states. He needs the corrupt media to cover for him. He is in charge of the most corrupt, racist and lawless adminitration in modern American history. And he stands a good chance of continuing his ways over the next four years.

    • NEPA Neocon on November 5, 2012 at 9:53 am

      Amen, Haverwilde! Amen! The Benghazi scandal would have completely and totally destroyed any Republican running for re-election.

    • Drew on November 5, 2012 at 10:17 am

      Well said Haverwilde.

      That’s 100% correct. We should throw the whole Obama admin in prison for what they did re: Benghazi

      The left is like a cancer, and it’s time to cut it out for good!

    • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on November 5, 2012 at 10:32 am

      Agree, Haverwilde. See this every day here in CA. The media abets the Dems.
      No Repub would have survived Solyndra, picking a doofus for VP, Benghazi, botched response to Hurricane Sandy, ….

      • Drew on November 5, 2012 at 10:43 am

        I hope the lying liberal media gets a HUGE black eye over their partisan crap – especially over the Benghazi lies and coverup, which they were apart of from day 1.

  12. Dismantle ObamaCare on November 5, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Gallup has it 49/48 for Romney. Happy to see it tie back to Rasmussen, but we definitely lost ground!

    • Drew on November 5, 2012 at 10:41 am

      in 2000, Gallup dialed their fake Gore lead down by about 20 points with only a week or so until the election. And this was done after the Bush DUI october surprise so there wasn’t anything visible to explain why Gallup dials things back down to a tie right before the election. I never have trusted Gallup and probably never will. Add the fact that Gallup is being sued by the Obama admin and you can flush what little cred they had right down the toilet.

      Gallup will have egg on their face again and still won’t be able to explain it, just like they couldn’t explain why they had Gore up +20 until about a week or so prior.

      Gallup are just glorified spin doctors and their methods are beyond suspect.

      Gallup’s R:49/O:48 will more likely prove to be R:52/O:46 if history is any indicator.

    • Ron on November 5, 2012 at 1:13 pm

      Surprised you all have not figured out the MSM and the pollsters.
      There is a concerted effort to make this a close race to save face for the
      first black president. This is why the big conver up for fast and furious, benghazi etc.

      Everyone, including the MSM, know that BO is a failed President.

      This is another example where affirmative action is not the answer for our black citizens. Colin Powell is another example, he was only successful because he was surrounded with very knowledgeable people and advisors and he was smart enough to know it.As a General, he never held a Command position, except for brief assignments just to get his ticket punched, to qualify for a General position.

      Colin Powell was elevated from a Lt Colonel to a 4 star general in just over 5 years and this was provided by all Republican administrations.

      He is no longer protected so he slipped back to his old self, incompontency.
      Affimative action has not and will not work. Just ask Thomas Sowell, Justice Thomas, Condi Rice and many other successful blacks, who made it on their own.

      It is felt that it behooves the nation to let him just slip away in a close re-election and save him from replacing J. Carter as the worst president of our nation.

      There is alot riding on this as the MSM and the majority that voted for him are responsible for not properly vetting his qualifications, therefore insuring him a fraudlent President. Now, they would like to just see him gone, and forgotten about.

      • Drew on November 5, 2012 at 1:25 pm

        It is felt [by the MSM] that it behooves the nation to let him just slip away in a close re-election and save him from replacing J. Carter as the worst president of our nation.

        The MSM will fail at that. There is too much alternative media and Obama’s policies are an even worse FAILURE than that of Jimmy Carter. History will not look kind upon Obama; neither will history look kind upon the liberal MSM enablers who tried to cover up Obama’s frauds, lies and massive economic failures

        They may think it is best to let him fade into the night, but it won’t happen.

        Obama and the MSM will forever be tainted by their countless failures and fraud.
        – and Obama will be known as “the worst president ever, even worse than Carter”

        Count on it.

  13. Dan on November 5, 2012 at 10:55 am

    I read that 1 mill Ohians have reveived Obamaphones.

    • Drew on November 5, 2012 at 10:57 am

      An obvious sign of how desperate the Obama campaign has become.

      They know they’re losing and they also know there’s little they can do to stop it.

  14. Brent on November 5, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    I got one. so does my ho.