Skip to comments.Ronald Reaganís Unlikely Heir (Ken Blackwell)
Posted on 01/17/2006 2:38:26 PM PST by oxcart
Ohios Republican gubernatorial front-runner Ken Blackwell is Jesse Jacksons worst nightmare.
Ken Blackwell has just finished regaling a group of Ohio retailers with his vision of how to turn around the states struggling economy with a heavy dose of fiscal restraint and tax cuts. The crowd, accustomed to Republicans who tax and spend as furiously as Democrats, is rapt. But as Blackwell works the room afterward, on a warm fall afternoon in Columbus, one well-dressed woman stops him to outline her concerns. I like your ideas on taxes, she tells the former college football star, who at 6 foot 5 towers over her imposingly, but I dont like your other ideas so muchmeaning Blackwells strong pro-life positions and support of a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman. I am not just an economic being, Blackwell unapologetically replies. I have a wider set of beliefs that I follow. And then, before the woman moves away, Blackwell adds: With me, youll always know what you are getting. Youll always know where I stand.
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Born in the projects of Cincinnati to a meat-packer who preached the work ethic and a nurse who read to him from the Bible every evening, Blackwell has rejected the victimology of many black activists and opted for a different path, championing school choice, opposing abortion, and staunchly advocating low taxes as a road to prosperity. The 57-year-old is equally comfortable preaching that platform to the black urban voters of Cincinnati as to the white German Americans in Ohios rural counties or to the states business community.
We could use him bad in California.
Just noticed your tag.
Guess what I'm going to use to poke my Liberal friends in the eye? Hope you don't mind!
Same, and so does my family.
I may not live there now but I will always be a Buckeye.
I'll never forget visiting home just prior to the 04 elections and I heard a Blackwell ad about voters taking personal responsibility to find the right place to cast a ballot.
The guy instantly caught my attention and I believe he is the real deal.
"The 57-year-old is equally comfortable preaching that platform to the black urban voters of Cincinnati as to the white German Americans in Ohios rural counties or to the states business community."
When you have strong beliefs, are ethical, and have moral character, you need not be uncomfortable with anyone. Reagan was like that.
Thank Mark Steyn not me...poke away I use it often.
And I have a feeling that when Sharpton, Jackson and the other "trustees" on the Dem plantation try to "Uncle Tom" him they'll get their heads handed to them.
Oh, no you don't. Louisiana gets him. *swipe*
The Dems' worst nightmare is indeed the election of Mr Blackwell in OH, Lynn Swann as gov of PA, and Michael Steele as US Senator from MD. I'm not sure Lynn is presidential material yet but Blackwell and Steele surely will be in 2012.
I just hope that he doesn't run on the platform that he is going to "save" anything.
If he says that (he won't I don't think), but if he does, the MSM in Ohio will skewer the GOP......
I wish Taft would resign.
You and I are reversed: I'm Texas-born, living in Ohio the past 30 years, almost.
...WOW! GO! KEN! GO!
Or perhaps 2016, if we elect a two-termer.
WHERE DO I SIGN UP?
What would really shake thigns up is Blackwell as governor of Ohio and Steele as senator from Maryland. This would frighten the Hijacksons, the Farrakhans, and the Sharptongues to death.
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