It  was reasonable to hope in the post-election days that we could all enjoy a period of Pax Americana.  You know.  A quiet moment with a good book, a Rick Steves segment on Tuscany, a football telecast uninterrupted by a barrage of meaningless political commercials.

But then pundits , without taking a breath,   leap forward with the names of Hillary Clinton or Republican heirless-apparents like Bobby Jindal, Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio and John Kasich and we’re up to our ears in what-might-have-beens, what could-have-beens and  what should-have beens – and what might-bes.

Ryan, who didn’t even carry his hometown on Election Day, explained the Republican disaster this way:  Too many people voted for Obama in the urban areas.  An astonishing insight for a guy whose loyalists are now saying he’s perfect presidential material. Honest.  Don’t clip and save.

In Ohio, which the GOP front office truly believed was a safe bet to lead their man to the White House, life goes on, as it did before election day.  I”m not referring to the three Cleveland precincts in which Mitt didn’t get a single vote thanks to the 47 per centers that he left out of his winning equation.  Rather, it turned out that  Secretary of State Jon Husted’s Sisyphean game plan to shrink the turnout among profiled Democratic voters failed – not only for  Romney’s chances but his own political future.

As recently as Wednesday, there were published  reports of a Federal judge’s outrage over Husted’s sneaky effort to change the voting system on the Friday evening before the election.

Friday evening?  It is a truism in politics that if you want to  assure yourself  the least coverage,  do it in the hours leading to the week end, when already pinched newspaper staffs are shorthanded and TV is not incined to bother with details.

This particular Husted directive inserting new voting system rules was thumped by U.S. District Judge Algenon Marbley, who called it “surreptitious” and a “flagrant violation of a state election law” aimed at disfranchising voters.  In more  direct language, I’d say the court knew a con game when it saw one.

To no one’s surprise, the Husted shock troops moved in quickly , as they have throughout his repeated intrusions that have been rejected in the courts, and asserted that  they are only trying to eliminate fraud.  They should look into the mirror.

Still, Ohio’s Republicans  leaders have not given up on other plans to pamper the right-wing base that led to Romney’s defeat.  In the legislature, you can count on the the elected GOP reps to keep pushing for an end to any sort of public funding of Planned Parenthood  - a persistent Gothic tale that emerged  in a shower of ignorance during the presidential campaign.  Have we forgotten the public pain the Komen Foundation  suffered as it first withdrew its support from Planned Parenthood  when a hard-right  woman moved into an influential position with Komen.   Faced with a deluge of withdrawals of public support , Komen, widely respected for its efforts against women’s diseases,  changed its mind.

Well, Gov. Kasich is now ready to seek reelection in 2014, anti-public union baggage and all.

Maybe it’s finally time, in the darkness of its narrow mission,  the GOP America should listen to one of its  own, Gov. Bobby Jindal,  who rose from the ashes of last Tuesday’s  national defeat,  to urge  Republicans to “stop being the stupid party”.

For once, I didn’t have to say it.

 

Update: The Ohio House Health & Aging Committee voted 11-9 today to move the bill to defund Planned Parenthood to a floor vote.

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  • SlapFat

    Update: The Ohio House Health & Aging Committee voted 11-9 today to
    move the bill to defund Planned Parenthood to a floor vote.

    They truly are a bunch of oblivious dolts. The mini-GOP of Ohio is seeking to replicate Republican fads from a year ago. Pathetic. It will come back to haunt them.

  • John W.

    Is Ohio turning into the new Deep South? This is awful. Republicans are turning this state into their own dictatorship. They’re lucky they rigged the election with their gerrymandering.

  • dmoore2222

    Li’l Paul, the male Sarah Palin of the republican party, made even a worse showing than the hair-and-nails half-governor. At least she won her home state. She’s now irrelevant as he will be when he gets voted out next election. And throwing Kasich’s name around as a potiential presidential candidate proves they haven’t learned a thing. Kasich will get hammered in 2014 and run out of the state on the very turnpike he’s trying to deal off. Husted gave the voters a lot to remember for 2014. Those long lines at the polls will be shown over and over again in political ads. And the attempt to defund Planned Parenthood should put lots of women protesters on the Statehouse lawn.The republican party has become, among other things, “the gift that keeps giving” for democrats.

  • JLM452

    “hair-and-nails half-governor”
    I nearly spit my coffee laughing.

  • dmoore2222

    Truly JLM452. I find it so ironic that, in the end, she embodies what republicans disdain most–someone of working class background with an out-of-wedlock daughter who, if it weren’t for the financial windfall of the vice-presidential candidacy thing and Dancing With the Stars, would be on public assistance. You know, a taker. And Palin herself is looking browner by the moment from the tanning bed. So it is possible, from an appearance standpoint anyway. that she ultimately would qualify for food stamps from a republican point of view, of course.

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