There is always that fine line where you go to a group’s event because you have to or you want to. The tipping point between one or the other is regarding the costs. So, when a club has their free annual picnic the odds are you plan to be there like I was a few Sundays ago in Russell Township for the Geauga Democratic Party’s Picnic.
An Annual event, the picnic was one of many held throughout\ NE Ohio this time of year. The pavilion in The West Woods Park was crowded. Middlefield Councilman Ron Wiech and his team were grilling up the hamburgers, hot dogs, and Italian sausages. As my my watermelon, it wound up joining the other two already there being eaten. Janet and Terry Carson were working the tables as a few candidates did come up to speak; and not just Ron. Former Appeals Court Judge Mary Jane Trapp spoke since the one who won her seat in 2010 is aged out and she would like her old job back. That wouldn’t be at all a bad thing since Ms. Trapp was an excellent jurist and because there is talk that the husband of the one there now, Tim Grendell, is actually thinking of running for it (having a record of playing poltiical musical chairs with his wife in the past). The residents of the NE corner of Ohio could do a whole lot worse. Then there was a woman who is trying to run against Congressman David Joyce. Finally, Ohio Supreme Court Justice William O’Neill spoke and announced he wasn’t going to run for governor next year since Richard Cordray might.
After all, isn’t the saying that all politics is local? I continue to keep Frank Rich’s piece in my head on how long it really took during Watergate for the tide to turn against Richard Nixon. Despite all the mind-boggling news from eight people now at that June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower to news that Trump met a second time with Vladimir Putin at the G-20 summit, it will probably be well into 2017 before anything on the order of July 1974 hitting DC. We’re stuck with the Donald for now, and the damage he, McConnell and Ryan have done so far these past six months has been considerable. Yet, for many of those who voted for Trump in November, that’s probably what they want.
So far, all this really hasn’t hit people. After all, the stock market is still up, housing starts rebounded and apparently for the first time in seven years pay increases for low-income workers outpaced the rest of the population. Of course, no matter how much our president would like to take credit for all this, it was eight years of hard work by the previous administration that in part made this happen. It will be interesting to see what economic reports will show a year from now.
It may be 2017 but it’s still an election year. In Cleveland, not only is there a mayoral race but a number of councilmen such as Mike Polensek, are trying to get re-elected too. Recently, I attended my second campaign meeting for him at the Lithuanian Hall on East 185th St. He already ordered the yard signs, had a few T-shirts, planned a fundraiser in August, and has been walking up and down the streets in Ward 8 and plans to do even more.
What Donald Trump said in that New York times interview didn’t surprise me at all; especially throwing Jeff Sessions (let alone Sean Spicer and Reince Priebus) under the bus. After all, hasn’t it always been for him all about himself? However, as this piece in the Daily 202 shows, you go ona limb for this guy at your own risk.
With a president who is apparently trying to see if he has the right to pardon himself, it is ever more essential for the Democrats to get their act together for 2018 and be able to win back at least the Senate. The divisions there between the Sanders supporters and those who are just plain ‘liberal’ might make it rather difficult to bridge for a clear concise message. However, it can be done, if Perez and company can do more than just send out surveys and requests for money. Then again, with John McCain not only voting against “skinny repeal’ but also admonishing his colleagues to try to work together, you may just never know.