Update on Ohio’s 12th District Congressional race: We won’t know for sure who won for at least a couple of weeks. Republican Troy Balderson’s margin of victory was 1754 votes, but there are nearly 8500 absentee and provisional votes still to count, and under state law, they have to wait 11 days to start counting them.
Democrats and the media (but I repeat myself) put so much importance on this one House race as an indicator of a “blue wave” in November that the wait is going to be agonizing for them, which is, well, just delightful. Maybe it’s God’s way of telling them to stop being so obsessed with politics and refocus their priorities. If so, it’s an urgently-needed message that will likely be ignored because they’re already working themselves into a frenzy of frustration that makes their previous Trump Derangement Syndrome fits look as laid back as a Perry Como song.
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One target of their rage is Green Party candidate Joe Manchik, who drew 1100 votes. The long count could eventually end up with Balderson winning by fewer than 1100 votes, and if so, Democrats’ heads will explode like the Martians in “Mars Attacks.” Manchik is what some might call a “colorful character.” The native of Hell, Michigan, claims his ancestors came from a different planet, the solution to the opiod crisis is requiring Americans to grow hemp, and that he speaks 19 languages, including Spanglish and “sheet music.” He also couldn’t remember his own web address in a recent interview.
As always in a close race (Jill Stein in 2016, Ralph Nader in 2000), Democrats are blaming the Green Party candidate for taking away votes from the Democrat, I guess on the assumption that if there weren’t someone totally loopy on the ballot, the crazy person vote would have gone to the “progressive” promising “Medicare for All.” Hollywood liberals are leading the meltdown, with actress Debra Messing fuming at Green Party voters for not supporting “the lesser of two evils” (maybe they didn’t want to vote for anything they considered evil. Besides, who says “Democratic” socialism is less evil than supporting illegal aliens from the planet Antares?) Alyssa Milano is even blaming his votes on “Russian bots” (sounds like she’s Manchik’s natural constituency.)
The fact is, people have a right to vote for whomever they want. Who knows why those 1100 people voted for Manchik? Maybe they didn’t like either major party and wanted to register a protest vote. If he hadn’t been on the ballot, maybe they wouldn’t have voted at all.
The lesson Democrats need to learn, whether it’s Hillary expecting women to vote for her because she’s a woman or all Democrats demanding loyalty from African-Americans no matter how badly they fare under Democratic rule, is that nobody has a divine right to anyone’s vote.
The lesson Republicans need to learn from this is to TURN OUT AND VOTE IN NOVEMBER! Democratic turnout was way up and Republican turnout was way down from 2016 when Trump won that district by 11 points. Holding that seat should have been a cakewalk for the GOP. If Republicans who were fed up with high taxes, a stagnant economy and feckless foreign policies don’t want the bad ol’ days to come roaring back, and go from “Make America Great Again” to “Put Nancy Pelosi Back in Charge Again,” they’d better get off their sofas in November and vote like their jobs and their country depend on it, because they do.