April 27th, 2006

Campaign rhetoric is meaningless. The only way you can truly know what is in the soul of any politician is by their record. Gubernatorial candidate Ted Strickland and senatorial candidate Sherrod Brown showed themselves this week when they voted against their constituencies and for the check-writing special interests.

From Bill Callahan comes this:

The entire COPE Act, essentially unchanged from what the subcommittee marked up two weeks ago, was just approved by the full Energy and Commerce Committee 42 to 12. Eleven Democrats and one Republican voted against it.

Rep. Sherrod Brown and Rep. Ted Strickland voted for the final bill.

Yes, the bill that effectively wipes out community oversight of the cable industry. The bill that will allow nationally franchised video/Internet providers to redline neighborhoods and create “tiers” of Internet service. The bill that undermines net neutrality and threatens to end the Internet as we know it. That bill. They voted yes.

Which means next week I’m going to vote for anyone but Strickland and Brown. And come November, if they win their primaries, I will again vote for anyone but Strickland and Brown. And if that means that Kenneth Blackwell and Mike DeWine win their elections, then so be it.

Better a politician you can trust to do the wrong thing than a politician you can’t trust.

My Soundtrack: Test Transmission by Kasabian on WOXY.


  1. Ryan says:

    I don’t know if I agree with that. I mean, Ken Blackwell can do infinately more damage to the state than we can even imagine.

    I may not agree with everything Strickland does or says but the majority of his positions I can come together with him on. Besides, as Governor of Ohio I doubt that he will have much pull on this particular issue.

  2. Jeff Hess says:

    Shalom Ryan,

    I refuse to vote for stupid Democrats who think they can do whatever they like because I’m scared shitless of the Republican candidate. Perhaps I am cutting off my nose to spite my face, but I’m not going to be taken for granted anymore.

    If the Democrats lose enough, one of two things will happen: either they’ll wise up and start acting like leaders, or they’ll go the way of the Whigs. I don’t care which happens.



  3. Ryan Maynard says:

    That’s crazy. If we judged politicians by what they did, they’d be in prison.

  4. Jeff Hess says:

    Shalom Ryan,

    Now there’s a concept.



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