June 7, 2005


Soros Group: Blackwell Is No. 1 Target for Democrats (NewsMax, 6/07/05)

Liberal forces – including a key group backed by George Soros - are saying their No. 1 political target is Ohio's secretary of state, Ken Blackwell.

An array of liberal groups is gearing up to derail Blackwell's candidacy for governor of Ohio in next year's election.

The Democrats fear that Blackwell, a staunch conservative, will play a key role in winning Ohio for the Republican presidential ticket in 2008 – just as he did in 2004.

They also worry that the conservative one-time football player could be a powerful addition to the GOP presidential ticket in 2008.

As folks complain that police make excessive stops for "driving while black," the Left has taken to opposing every Republican person of color for no other reason than their race.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 7, 2005 3:56 PM

One of Bush's most effective political gambits is "the long step back" where he allows an adversary to press without apparent resistance, ensuring the attack will deepen and withdrawal no longer an option. Then, Bush counter attacks against a fully committed but strung out adversary who is unprepared, mentally or physically, for the counterattack. By 2006 the left will be deeply committed to race based exclusion and Bush will remind everyone of the evidence (names/pictures) and ask them to draw the contrast with his position. It will be devastating.

Posted by: Luciferous at June 7, 2005 4:38 PM

Luciferous: No chance the media would allow Bush or anyone else to make that case. Look at all the pushback that followed comments that the Dems oppose judicial nominees who are "people of faith", when the record is quite clear that William Pryor has been attacked for no other reason.

Posted by: b at June 7, 2005 4:47 PM

It's not just race. Here's how the MoveOn Pac is spending its money in the Upper Left Washington— Today on an oldies radio station I heard an ad exhorting people to contact Congresscritter Dave Reichert (newly elected GOP to replace Jennifer Dunn) and request that he repudiate Tom Delay. Do they really expect anyone who's tuning into hear "I'm a Believer" or "The Tears of a Clown" in an off-off year to care about anything political right now? It must be nice to have so much money you can do a radio buy in a major market just to make yourself feel good about yourself. These people are their own worst enemy.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at June 7, 2005 4:50 PM

luciferous is right, the democrats really pissed off a lot of non-republican black voters when they went after condi. they immediately backed off and have left her alone since. blackwell will do fine of the national party backs him adequately.

Posted by: cjm at June 7, 2005 5:21 PM


Agreed. But Bush would not have to make a case, he or (more likely) others like CORE would present the pile of evidence and ask "What's the deal with this?" Would the gatekeepers whine? Sure. Would black Americans break the code? Yep. And it would only require a small percent of that voting block to break from the Dems. to devastate them at the polls. On the anti-religious trope of the Left, we will need to wait for more sludge to wash up before the case can be presented with equal force. The Left will supply it, without fail.

Posted by: Luciferous at June 7, 2005 5:29 PM


Wait till you see the fit Soros & Co. pitch when Mike Steele goes for the Senate in MD. Raoul is right: they are our best friends, they just don't realize it.

Posted by: Luciferous at June 7, 2005 5:39 PM

the term "godsend" comes to mind.

Posted by: cjm at June 7, 2005 6:10 PM

Bush enrages the Left because he is very effective in what he does. As Ohio secretary of state, Ken Blackwell is not only black, but very effective in stating his case and getting the job done.

Look for Soros and the Left to apply a full court press against Ken Blackwell.

Posted by: John J. Coupal at June 7, 2005 7:42 PM

Blackwell is one of the most powerful and charismatic speakers one could imagine. He also has the intellect and common sense required of any leader.

A one term Governor and two term President!

After first seeing him several years ago on CSPAN 2, and advising oj of my "discovery", as always he was light years ahead of me, I can't think of a Republican politician who would hold a candle to him Nationally.

Posted by: Mike Daley at June 7, 2005 10:15 PM

Blackwell/Rice '08?

It'd be worth it just to hear the Left screaming.

Posted by: Mike Morley at June 8, 2005 6:42 AM

Blackwell's problem is the emerging workers comp scandal in Ohio. The workers comp fund invested in rare coins with a big GOP contributor and lost money. Other questionable investments are now emerging. Lame duck Gov. Taft's approval ratings were already Nixonion and the GOP controls everything in the state government. Now there is a real risk that the moribund Dems could ride these scandals to the governors mansion, they actually have a couple of good candidates this time after running doofuses for years. Blackwell will benefit in the primaries since his GOP rivals are the state attorney general (and former state auditor) and state auditor (and former attorney general) who have apparently been asleep. Blackwell may not be hurt fatally since he is really a party outsider but he might be in a general throw the crooks out mentality.

Posted by: Bob at June 8, 2005 9:36 AM