The Anatomy of a Swing State
Former New York Times Editor-In-Chief Bill Keller recently wrote about his visit to Paul Ryan’s alma mater, Miami University:
This patch of southern Ohio between Cincinnati and Dayton is not the up-for-grabs Ohio you’ve read so much about. This is decided country, where House Speaker John Boehner is running for re-election unopposed, where “Defeat Obama” and “Romney/Ryan” lawn signs glisten in the chilly drizzle.
Tyler Borchers, a student at Ohio University, gives his take for The 12:
I’ve read about an up-for-grabs Ohio too — I just haven’t encountered it in the 21 years I’ve lived here. What I see is an Ohio represented in the Senate by one of its most liberal members and a vestige of the Bush administration. The Ohio I know isn’t undecided, moderate or low information, it’s just evenly mixed. My hometown, Troy, is just as decidedly conservative as my college town, Athens, is liberal. National media that extrapolate Ohio’s swing status to individual Ohioans severely misunderstand our politics. We aren’t a blank screen on an Etch A Sketch. We’re equal parts New York and Texas.
“Who would the world elect? A BBC poll of almost 22,000 people in 21 countries found that, on average, they preferred Obama to Romney more than five to one. Only one country, Pakistan, would elect Romney.”