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Monday, March 31, 2008

West side match: A 'political animal' vs. a 'survivor.'


Today's edition of the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call contains this mention of our local race for the 1st Congressional District:


A Crop of House Candidates Worth Taking a Look At

By Stuart Rothenberg,

Roll Call Contributing Writer
There is relatively little attention being paid to this year’s fight for the House of Representatives, since Republicans have no chance retaking the chamber in November.


Even more important, most reporters and observers are hypnotized by the fascinating presidential race, and those who care about Congress seem more interested in whether Democrats can gain nine Senate seats and true control of the chamber.


But while they aren’t the focus of the nation’s attention, hundreds of men and women are once again running for Congress, and there are plenty of good ones in the crowd. I haven’t met all of the people receiving positive buzz from national Democratic and Republican strategists, but I have met some. Here’s a quick rundown of the few candidates who have impressed me.


State Rep. Steve Driehaus is challenging Republican Rep. Steve Chabot in Ohio’s 1st district, which includes Cincinnati’s West Side, as well as suburban areas north and west of the city.


The 41-year-old hopeful calls himself a “raging moderate.” He is pro-life (and has been endorsed by right-to-life groups in the past) but supports embryonic stem-cell research. He voted for Ohio’s Defense of Marriage Act but opposes a federal Constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, saying it’s unnecessary. And he opposes “artificial timelines” on withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq, but he believes those forces should be withdrawn.


Driehaus is a political animal. Since he comes from the white, Catholic, middle-class part of the district and should benefit from the district’s considerable African-American population, the challenger should give Chabot a run for his money. But don’t give this seat to the Democrats just yet. Chabot is a survivor.


55 Comments:

at 11:45 AM, March 31, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you are for EMBRYONIC stem cell research (as opposed to the much more ethical and morally sound adult stem cell research), you cannot be "pro-life" no matter how much you pound your chest and claim to be.

All religious argumants aside, an embryo is a unique individual with its own DNA - not the property of any man, woman, government or research facility.

The fact that it cannot think yet only suggests that it is probably a Democrat.

 
at 12:27 PM, March 31, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

How much of a moderate can you be if you are Pelosi's handpicked stooge and Hoyer flies in to stump for you? That's some moderate.

Being "pro-life" and voting for ebryonic stem cell research doesn't make you moderate. Supporting DOMA and opposing a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage doesn't make you moderate either. It makes you either bipolar or a flipflopper.

 
at 12:52 PM, March 31, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Driehaus calls himself a "raging moderate"? That's inspiring, isn't it? Actually, I think "raging moderate" is an oxymoron. The ideas that inspire political change come from the left and right, not the middle. The middle is where compromise is made. It's not where great politicians or ideas originate.

 
at 1:02 PM, March 31, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

RAGING MODERATE...YEAH DUDE!!!!!!!!! LET'S GET CRAZY AND GO LISTEN TO MATCHBOX 20 CDS AND DRINK LITE BEER!!!!!! OWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
at 1:26 PM, March 31, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wait a second, I thought that Driehaus was a gay-marriage loving abortionist?!?!?!?!?!

MY WORLD IS CRUMBLING!!!!!!!!!!

 
at 1:28 PM, March 31, 2008 Anonymous TB said...

Anon 11:45,

Chabot supports state-sponsored murder (what you probably affectionately call the death penalty), so there you go...neither candidate in the race in "pro-life." Now can we move on to the grown-up issues like Chabot sitting on the sidelines while the economy collapsed into a recession?

 
at 2:15 PM, March 31, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe embryonic stem cell research is already being practiced.
thats not enough for the left though.
they want YOU and ME to pay for it by having it government subsidized...then they'll be happy.
in the meantime they caterwaul as if no research involving ESC is being done...typical...misleading doesn't approach the level of deception being carried out by our friends on the left.

 
at 2:49 PM, March 31, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chabot isn't a "survivor" he just keeps hanging on. SW Ohio is the home of the economic hardships, the housing slump, the foreclosures, and loss of jobs -- Chabot, what have you done for us lately - other than lay this recession at our feet while we're burying our soldiers.

As to the "middle" - crazy ideas coming from the left and right ARE compromised in the middle -unless someone has enough sense to see and fill the need from the get go

 
at 2:55 PM, March 31, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

TB,

Your characterization about how I feel (or don't feel) about the death penalty (the common legal term as opposed to your emotionally charged, politically tilted term) has nothing to do with the matter at hand.

Liberals will generally attack the person making the argument rather than answer to the argument at hand. I assume you are a liberal based on how you formulate your argument (hence back to the last sentence of my first post).

The original point was that Driehaus is not pro-life. The reason this point is important is because the article made it important to note that he is pro-life and later went on to say he supports embryonic stem cell research. My post was germane to the article, and I merely expressed that the two are mutually exclusive.

I am not making a statement about Chabot, the death penalty etc. I am focusing on the article rather than going in discursive, irrelevant areas that have nothing to do with the article.

Please keep your comments focused on the discussion and not aimed at attacks about how I may or may not feel about a topic not being discussed or about how Chabot might feel about somthing when he is not the subject.

 
at 3:02 PM, March 31, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I only hope that the west side has suffered enough through the last 7 years with Bush and his lap dog Chabot. To think that after an illegal war and occupation, lose of freedoms, and the fact that most of the civilized world hates our governemnt, our economy is failing, and to many diplomatic disapointments to name; some voters will put it all on the line to stand their ground on stem cell usage and research toward cures for deadly diseases. The fact that you would put your presumed preferences of pro life and no stem cell usage above saving our nation and future generation from certain failure under continued republican leadership like what we've seen with Chabot speak volumes to our nations problems.

 
at 3:14 PM, March 31, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

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at 3:17 PM, March 31, 2008 Anonymous TB said...

Anon Now 2:55,

I was simply pointing out that your characterization of what is or what is not "pro-life" is out of sync with reality. An embryo is not a human being. And how about a little bit of equal time in your attacks. Why not point out Chabot's continual support for the death penalty when you attack Driehaus for not being pro-life enough? It couldn't possibly because you're politically motivated.

 
at 5:39 PM, March 31, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

It amuses me to no end that these "pro-lifers" actually think that the Republican party cares about them. How can anyone be that gullible?

Ask yourselves this, you right-wingers... When the Republicans held all three branches of government, how hard did they fight to outlaw abortion? Answer: Not very hard.

 
at 6:41 PM, March 31, 2008 Anonymous West Side Liberal Values said...

If Rep. Driehaus wants to call himself a moderate that's fine, but I'll be content if he continues to have a liberal voting record.

 
at 7:25 PM, March 31, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Driehaus calls himself a "moderate". I wonder how "moderate" he will be when Nancy Pelosi tightens her screws on the Freshman Congressman to get her liberal agenda passed? My guess is he will fold like a lawnchair.

 
at 7:47 PM, March 31, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please take a second look at the endorsements from Right to Life, Driehaus was not endorsed in this last primary.

 
at 7:59 PM, March 31, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

the Catholic Taliban is out is force today. They are "pro-life" terrorists supporters who favour killing doctors and blowing up medical buildings. Just like the other Taliban in the middleast.

 
at 8:29 PM, March 31, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steve Driehaus has a horrible record on taxes and immigration. If he's in congress, he'll be a rubber stamp for Nancy Pelosi. Raging moderate, my @**.

 
at 10:37 PM, March 31, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Anonymous at 5:39PM,
Do your homework. When your friends were in charge, Bill Clinton vetoed Steve Chabot's partial birth abortion bill -- not once but TWICE.
The Republican Congress passed it again, George Bush signed the ban and the Bush Supreme Court upheld it. It was the first restriction on abortion since Roe v Wade in 1971. That's what the Republicans did. Check it out. It was in all the papers.

 
at 11:03 PM, March 31, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The fact that it cannot think yet only suggests that it is probably a Democrat."

"Liberals will generally attack the person making the argument rather than answer to the argument at hand. I assume you are a liberal based on how you formulate your argument (hence back to the last sentence of my first post)."

Hi Pot, have you met Mr. Kettle?

 
at 6:20 AM, April 01, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Driehaus should do something to save the thousands of frozen embryos from fertility clinics.. Don't use them for research - that would be unethical.

Just keep them in the freezer until they die from freezer burn. That would be the true ethical pro-life way.

 
at 7:47 AM, April 01, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Driehaus is a moderate. Chabot isn't. He is about as right-wing as you can get. As for the pro-life who-hah -- How can one be pro-life and cut health insurance for children? How can one be pro-life and support a war that the Pope said was a bad idea? Concern about fetuses but not about born children and adults is not a pro-life stance.

 
at 9:11 AM, April 01, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Pope? Driehaus is going to follow the Pope in making foreign policy decisions? Thank God he's term limited in Columbus and Chabot will defeat him in November.

 
at 9:50 AM, April 01, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

The comments made at 7:47 today are PERFECT and raise the bar on very real issues that to many conservatives tend to laugh off as 'well the poor tend to make bad decisions'.

 
at 10:50 AM, April 01, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll vote in the presidential election but won't vote for Driehaus until he stops advocating taking away my right to control my own body.

 
at 11:41 AM, April 01, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about my choice?

-Nameless Human in embryo stage of development

 
at 11:50 AM, April 01, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 11:03

The first quote was an attempt at humor in a blog that is generally too serious.

The second comment was merely assessing how the person making the argument against me awas approaching the situation. I never thought of calling someone a "liberal" as an attack, but apparently you think so.

Your pot and kettle does not apply because the person making the argument against my first post (at the top) was still attacking me on what they think I feel about other issues not even mentioned in the post or the original story.

The person making the argument against me cannot help themselves from straying off topic into other realms, talking about death penalty, Chabot etc. instead of focusing on the merits of the original statement and sticking to topic.

Read "how to talk to a liberal if you must" because this blog is a case study that vindicates Ann Coulter's views (not that I am an Ann Coulter fan - do not get confused - I am simply educated on what she says as much as I am on what Al gore says).

 
at 12:02 PM, April 01, 2008 Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

I love the death penalty!

 
at 3:23 PM, April 01, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Sport Idiot, who lives in cheviot?

-Lower middle class-poor
-non college educated
-blue collar
-catholic
-low income, yet votes republican
-thrives on sports
-if they watch the news at all (doubtful), it's Fox.
-never been outside of Cincinnati
-rarely ever been outside of the Westside
-Provincial rubes.

Sound familiar?

 
at 4:14 PM, April 01, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Annon: 3:23
I live in Cheviot, I don't belive I or my family are lower middle class, both my wife and I graduated from Ohio State, and are working professionals. My daughter and stepdaughter have graduated from UC. But yes I am catholic, my wife is not. We do vote Republican 90% of the time. News, mostly local but MSNBC is on alot at or house. We also own 2 rental condos in Naples Florida. Sorry, but your wrong on most of your statements when it comes to Cheviot residents. Had it not been for your boys from City clowncil, we on the West side would not have the trash from downtown living in Price Hill and Westwood. People in glass houses should not throw stones.

 
at 4:14 PM, April 01, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

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"Anonymous said...Hey Sport Idiot, who lives in cheviot?"

We heard they are consultants to the 'derelict homeless' ?

PATHETIC "family values' !

HAD ENOUGH, VOTE DEMOCRAT 2008 !

 
at 4:54 PM, April 01, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whoever wrote the comments at 3:23 describes the west side chabot supporters perfectly. It's a wonder and a shame. It must be due to inbreeding.

 
at 6:11 PM, April 01, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

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"We also own 2 rental condos in Naples Florida"

Timeshares !

Else, you wouldn't be in Chevy-it !


 
at 6:52 PM, April 01, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Anon 3:23 -
I live in Cheviot. I have a B.A., and a Masters degree. I am Catholic and I do like sports (I wasn't aware that those were things to be ashamed of). I am not blue collar, but I come from hard-working blue collar parents(which is something else I'm not ashamed of). I am neither lower-middle class, poor, or a rube. There are LOTS of people in Cheviot just like me.

As for your contention that all Cheviot residents slobber over FOX News and vote only Republican - Cheviot has had a Democrat as Mayor for the last 31 years.

In the end, I wish pathetic losers like you would do a little research, or at the very least think for five minutes before you post that kind of stereotypical garbage.

 
at 6:57 PM, April 01, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 3:23 exhibits well what elitist liberals like Steve Driehaus really think about people from Cheviot and the west side.

We are merely simpletons who need big government and higher taxes to save us from ourselves. Thanks for looking out for us Mr. Driehaus. We look forward to your higher taxes, and can't wait until you urinate all over our Catholic faith by supporting pro-abortion politicians who despise and revile our belief system. And thanks for doing it all with a condescending smile and a wink - hiding your true liberal beliefs behind a "moderate" facade.

 
at 8:19 PM, April 01, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yea, sure. He owns two condos in Naples and yet still lives in Cheviot, one of the cr*ppiest neighborhoods in the City. Right. And I've got a bridge to sell you....Timeshares indeed!

Sorry, but 3:23 hit the nail on the head. Except you forgot one thing; the folks in Cheviot can't move more then 1 mile from their parents. Sad but true.

 
at 1:26 AM, April 02, 2008 Anonymous West Side Liberal Values said...

My partner and I make just under $100,000 and we can barely make ends meet! Everything is so expensive. The fuel for our BMW and Lexus is just too much. Steve Chabot has voted for these policies. We need Driehaus and his liberal voting record working for us in Washington, so we can afford to get ahead again.

 
at 2:37 AM, April 02, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

4:14 PM, 6:52 & 6:57 are the same person, you can tell by their writing.

Most of the people in Cheviot do not even have an internet connection. They have a long umbilical cord to their parent's house a few blocks away instead.

 
at 9:09 AM, April 02, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 8:19
I hope your bridge is really available. I do not plan on getting into a back and forth with you or the other idiot from 6:11. That guy has an opinion as to everything and it is usally the same comments. The 2 condos I have , are not time shares, time shares are for East siders. It's a shame you have such issues with the West side of town and Cheviot specifically. There again people in glass houses......

 
at 9:09 AM, April 02, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 8:19
I hope your bridge is really available. I do not plan on getting into a back and forth with you or the other idiot from 6:11. That guy has an opinion as to everything and it is usally the same comments. The 2 condos I have , are not time shares, time shares are for East siders. It's a shame you have such issues with the West side of town and Cheviot specifically. There again people in glass houses......

 
at 9:16 AM, April 02, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

It looks like the Driehaus campaign team is doing something unprecedented: hurling personal insults at people they expect to vote for them. Good luck with that. You do realize that you'll need to get more people in Cheviot to vote for you than voted for Harris or Crnaley, right?

 
at 9:37 AM, April 02, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like I said, inbreeding on the west side would be a possible explaination as all of their comments sound familiar.

 
at 10:09 AM, April 02, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

To annon: 2:37 am
Wrong and at 2:37 am who has a life and who doesn't?

 
at 10:14 AM, April 02, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am the real, one and only Anon 6:52. I appreciate the super-sleuthing work Mr. Matlock, but you're wrong. Put away your CSI detective kit for a while and focus on the issues at hand.

Here's a real mystery for you to solve. Where does Steve Driehaus stand on providing additional State funding for the Freedom Center? Why is it that I know where every other local elected official in the State delegation stands, but I can't find a single word from Little Stevie Driehaus?

 
at 12:15 PM, April 02, 2008 Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

A simple statement of fact "I love the death penalty" brings out all of this hatred and slander toward the city of Cheviot? LMAO.

 
at 12:45 PM, April 02, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I couldn't care less about Driehaus, but I do know about Cheviot. I was raised next door in Bridgetown and still have cousins and an aunt who live in Cheviot. I can assure you that no upper middle class person that owns 'two condos in Naples' would still live in Cheviot. It is an aged neighbourhood with tiny houses, lots of elderly residents, lower middle class families and young families with starter first homes. Methinks that the "glass houses" person is telling tall tales!

By the way, the only way that your "people who live in glass houses" line would make sense is if the person who wrote those posts that you are responding to lives in an equally poor neighbourhood as Cheviot. They might live in Hyde Park, Amberly Village, or another affluent neighbourhood, in which case it just doesn't make any sense. You really should understand a colloquialism before you attempt to use it.

 
at 1:18 PM, April 02, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love it when people who don't live in Cheviot tell people in Cheviot what their community is like.

According to census data a little over 1% of the approximately 4300 housholds in Cheviot have an income over $200,000.00. That might not be rich by Amberly Village standards, but its more than enough for me. 2.5% make over $100,000, and 7.5% make between $75,000 and $99,000. Again, maybe not filthy rich, but hardly lower middle class.

To 12:45. Worry about your community, Green Township, which now has more Section 8 housing than Cheviot.

 
at 1:31 PM, April 02, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bet that the Cheviot guy who owns the 2 condos on Naples got bilked into buying a couple of run down condos that are "Naples Near" (that is, out in swampland). He financed them subprime, then his interest rate exploded and their value crashed. He can't unload them, not even if he sells short. Now he's so poor trying to cover the monthly payments on the two boondoggles that he had to move his family into a small house in Cheviot.

So much for another wannabe property flipper!

 
at 2:06 PM, April 02, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you know who would make a good Representative for the First District? Jim Parker. I've heard that he was knocking on doors in Norwood last election...

Remember, you don't have to be a resident of the District in order to represent the District...

 
at 3:43 PM, April 02, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim Parker - GO AWAY! Nobody on either side of the aisle is interested in what you think. Please stop posting anonymously to promote yourself.

 
at 3:44 PM, April 02, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the best bit of campaigning I have seen in a long time. Driehaus supporters bashing the very people he needs to vote for him. Brilliant move.

 
at 5:31 PM, April 02, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I could care less about Driehaus. But to the prent rich Cheviot Dude with the two comdos in Naples, all I have to say is that you are full of bull cr@p!

 
at 11:56 AM, April 03, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

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"Anonymous said...This is the best bit of campaigning I have seen in a long time. Driehaus supporters bashing the very people he needs to vote for him. Brilliant move. 3:44 PM, April 02, 2008"

The very people being bashed are not Driehaus voters, PERIOD !

In fact, the chevy-nitwit's are bush whacko and willing to vote against their own economic interest !

Are you better off at the end of the bush-whacko administration or were you better off at the end of the Clinton administration ?

It's the economy, STUPID !

Chabot-head has been an enabler, PERIOD !

Nuff said !

PATHETIC 'family values' !

HAD ENOUGH, VOTE DEMOCRAT 2008 !



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at 10:12 AM, April 06, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Settle down Southweatern Ohio. GW Bush promoted himself in his run for the presidency by saying he was a uniter, not a divider. It is for certain he has been extremely successful in thoroughly dividing this country. If you need a sample of that just review the commentary on this board if you need a sampling. Not only is our country divided, but even our local region of is full of back-biting, nasty us-against-them, gung-ho political warriors. If we are to attain any positive progress in this nation, it is mandatory that its people become united. Our greatest advancements have come as a result of a united people. This is our country, not the republicans nor the democrats. Actually they work for us. It's not the other way around. America is "We the People," and not "We the Sheeple!"
The sad condition of this nation is sterotypical a nation divided. Wake up before it is too late!

 
at 9:06 PM, April 06, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Little Hands," you need to get control of your freaks.Otherwise, you're looking at Chabot in a blowout.

 
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