Dems Blowing Chance in Ohio?
That's the undercurrent of this article
.In one welcome turn for Democrats, two Republican members of Congress are vulnerable, victims of the curdled political environment, analysts said. But Democratic hopes of knocking out a third Republican, Representative Bob Ney, who has been linked to the Jack Abramoff corruption investigation, were set back when the Democrats' favored candidate, Mayor Joe Sulzer of Chillicothe, lost to a lesser-known and politically inexperienced challenger, Zack Space.
Zack Space? Sounds like a "netroots" candidate to me. Here's his "issues" page
, which contains a grand total of four issues: Jobs & the Economy, The War In Iraq, Health Care, and Stem Cell Research.
Note this bit of wishful analysis:In many ways, the political environment here mirrors the national one, with its brew of economic anxiety, corruption and voter weariness with one-party dominance. Beyond corruption and worry about Iraq, the contests in Ohio are shaping up as a face-off between two powerful forces in American politics: economic issues, lead by job loss, trade and health care worries; and social issues, notably abortion, same-sex marriage and gun control.
Where is there weariness with one party dominance nationally? I'm sure it exists in the New York Times newsroom, but you'd have a hard time finding it elsewhere.