Yesterday’s primary election in Ohio not only resulted in a win for Mitt Romney, it also ended (for now, at least) the congressional career of Dennis Kucinich. Fellow Representative Marcy Kaptur trounced Kucinich in the Democratic primary in a redrawn district.
Kucinich blamed his defeat on a negative campaign by Kaptur. Perhaps — but it seems equally plausible that those who voted overwhelmingly for Kaptur saw Kucinich as a publicity hound who wasn’t a very effective Congressman. He grabbed headlines with his quixotic runs for President and strident anti-war views, to say nothjng of his silly dental injury lawsuit, but did he really have a positive impact for his district?
The national press has expressed wistful regret at Kucinich’s defeat; they depict it as part of a process by which Congress has shed its colorful characters and become increasingly homogenized. The media loved Kucinich because he was good copy. Voters, however, aren’t so much interested in representatives who are great at getting publicity as they are in finding someone who will produce for them back home. The voters in Ohio’s new 9th District obviously concluded that Kaptur was better suited to that task than Kucinich. Who can blame them?
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Sunday night I got the opportunity to attend my first Black Keys concert at Schottenstein along with ten thousand other people and I am now a big fan. In fact I can’t get one of their current hit songs “Lonely Boy” out of my head. Check it out below.
The Black Keys are a two man band made up of Dan Auerbach – guitar / vocals and Patrick Carney – drums. They are both from Akron, Ohio and formed their band when they were in their teens attending Firestone High School.
According to fans of the band I talked to before the show the band has mostly played small venues in the past. They fit in to the blues rock genre and if you like drum heavy music this is a band for you. If you get a chance to go see them I highly recommend it.
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Posted in America, Humor, Politics, tagged America, Bumper Stickers, Coexist bumper sticker, Drivers, Driving, Humor, Politics, religion on March 7, 2012 |
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I’ve never put a bumper sticker of any kind on my car. I think they make your car look trashy as they inevitably fade and peel — and my car looks trashy enough without that extra assistance.
I also don’t understand the point of political and quasi-political bumper stickers. Are they supposed to just make people who are like-minded feel better, because the bumper stickers show that others share their views and aren’t afraid to advertise that fact publicly? Or, are they supposed to help wavering people make their final decision through the weight of views expressed on the bumpers that happen to be on that section of road at that time?
If there really are people so feeble-minded that their votes are swaying by bumper stickers, do they pay attention to the drivers of the cars that sport the sticker? If a guy drives like a jackass and cuts me off so he can edge in to the turnoff at the last minute, and the last thing I see is his “Obama 2012″ bumper sticker, I’m not exactly in the mood to adopt his political views as well-reasoned.
And what of the cars with multiple bumper stickers? Isn’t there a mixed message issue there? Which one am I supposed to read as it zooms by?
Of all the bumper stickers I’ve seen recently, the one that I find the most puzzling is the “Coexist” sticker on which the letters are replaced by different symbols. Is the message that we should coexist? If so, don’t the religions all coexist already, as evidenced by the fact that their symbols are sufficiently well-known to make it onto an insipid, mass-produced bumper sticker? Or, is the message that we should coexist better — by, perhaps, not slaughtering or slandering people of different religious beliefs? If it is the latter, do we really think that a drive-by glance at someone’s rear bumper is going to convert a religious bigot into a thoughtful proponent of tolerance?
By the way, do people with those “Coexist” bumper stickers on their cars ever get victimized by road rage incidents? If so, do they just shrug and point to their bumpers? And is there any way to study whether “Coexist” drivers are targeted for road rage because of the stickers?
It seems like an awful lot is expected of that little blue sticker. I’d rather leave my car as is.
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