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Ronald Reaganís Unlikely Heir (Ken Blackwell)
The City Journal ^ | Winter/2006 | By Steven Malanga

Posted on 01/17/2006 2:38:26 PM PST by oxcart

Ohio’s Republican gubernatorial front-runner Ken Blackwell is “Jesse Jackson’s worst nightmare.”

Ken Blackwell has just finished regaling a group of Ohio retailers with his vision of how to turn around the state’s 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 don’t like your other ideas so much”—meaning Blackwell’s 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, you’ll always know what you are getting. You’ll always know where I stand.”

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TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: kenblackwell; ohio; reaganlegacy; ronaldreagan
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I pray this man gets elected to save my home state.
1 posted on 01/17/2006 2:38:27 PM PST by oxcart
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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 Ohio’s rural counties or to the state’s business community.


2 posted on 01/17/2006 2:40:18 PM PST by oxcart (Remember Bush lied.......People DYED... THEIR FINGERS!)
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To: oxcart

bump


3 posted on 01/17/2006 2:40:24 PM PST by wingman1 (University of Vietnam 1970. Forget? Hell.)
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I'm from Texas and I want to say I was impress with this man when he spoke during the 2004 elections. We need more like him.
4 posted on 01/17/2006 2:41:07 PM PST by K-oneTexas (I'm not a judge and there ain't enough of me to be a jury. (Zell Miller, A National Party No More))
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To: oxcart

We could use him bad in California.


5 posted on 01/17/2006 2:41:28 PM PST by stephenjohnbanker (If I had a hammer,I'd hit you in the head. If I had a bell, I'd ring it in your ear.If I had a song)
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Wow.


6 posted on 01/17/2006 2:41:51 PM PST by Mr. Lucky
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Just noticed your tag.

Guess what I'm going to use to poke my Liberal friends in the eye? Hope you don't mind!

Thanks.


7 posted on 01/17/2006 2:41:56 PM PST by wingman1 (University of Vietnam 1970. Forget? Hell.)
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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.


8 posted on 01/17/2006 2:43:41 PM PST by A message
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"The 57-year-old is equally comfortable preaching that platform to the black urban voters of Cincinnati as to the white German Americans in Ohio’s rural counties or to the state’s business community."

When you have strong beliefs, are ethical, and have moral character, you need not be uncomfortable with anyone. Reagan was like that.



9 posted on 01/17/2006 2:43:52 PM PST by stephenjohnbanker (If I had a hammer,I'd hit you in the head. If I had a bell, I'd ring it in your ear.If I had a song)
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Thank Mark Steyn not me...poke away I use it often.


10 posted on 01/17/2006 2:44:14 PM PST by oxcart (Remember Bush lied.......People DYED... THEIR FINGERS!)
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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.


11 posted on 01/17/2006 2:44:40 PM PST by Emmett McCarthy
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Oh, no you don't. Louisiana gets him. *swipe*


12 posted on 01/17/2006 2:44:43 PM PST by Gordongekko909 (I know. Let's cut his WHOLE BODY off.)
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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.


13 posted on 01/17/2006 2:45:38 PM PST by TNCMAXQ
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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.


14 posted on 01/17/2006 2:45:43 PM PST by MikefromOhio
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To: oxcart; CONSERVE; DollyCali; W.; ohioWfan
Yes, me too!

You and I are reversed: I'm Texas-born, living in Ohio the past 30 years, almost.

Go Blackwell!

15 posted on 01/17/2006 2:48:13 PM PST by Molly Pitcher (We are Americans...the sons and daughters of liberty...*.from FReeper the Real fifi*))
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To: Gordongekko909

: )


16 posted on 01/17/2006 2:48:57 PM PST by stephenjohnbanker (If I had a hammer,I'd hit you in the head. If I had a bell, I'd ring it in your ear.If I had a song)
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“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, you’ll always know what you are getting. You’ll always know where I stand.”

...WOW! GO! KEN! GO!

17 posted on 01/17/2006 2:49:45 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you :^)
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Or perhaps 2016, if we elect a two-termer.


18 posted on 01/17/2006 2:50:46 PM PST by Gordongekko909 (I know. Let's cut his WHOLE BODY off.)
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“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, you’ll always know what you are getting. You’ll always know where I stand.”

WHERE DO I SIGN UP?

19 posted on 01/17/2006 2:51:19 PM PST by churchillbuff
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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.


20 posted on 01/17/2006 2:51:28 PM PST by TBP
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