Ohio Primary Day
The Nation parachutes in a writer from New York, who sends back "Postcards from Ohio," which shows some evidence that despite her ethnic surname, she doesn't understand Ohio terribly well (it's Brookpark, not Brook Park). But on a deeper level, it misses the mark because it seems to assume that Ohio is only a manufacturing center. It is, but much more than that too. On the other hand, its perennial rival,The New Republic does a good dissection of Ohio, breaking down the polls, demographics and recent dynamics. The best line: Union-dominated Youngstown "still has the feel of New Deal-era America." Meanwhile, the National Journal's Ron Brownstein, a long-time fixture at the L.A. Times, and considered by many (including me) to be among the best thinkers and writers on politics, offers this smart take on how the Clinton-Obama shootout is fundamentally transforming the Democratic party. Finally, this pair of Congressional Quarterly correspondents offers a video postcard of their Ohio coverage tour.
Anyway, we thought all of these were must-reads/must-watches as Ohioans head to the polls today. Or at least those who haven't already voted absentee. I can't remember an election in which more people happened to mention that they had voted absentee than this one. I suppose it may have something to do with all the coverage of the poll complications. Meanwhile, the Ohio-based company that makes the infamous problematic voting machines, Diebold, just received an unsolicited takeover offer.