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boomer1949 On April - 11 - 2010

Last month I wrote about Zack Space (D-OH18) and how he was the only Ohio Democrat who voted No for HCR,  Zack, Why Did You Blink? Well, as the headline in today’s Columbus Dispatch reads:

Tea Party boiling in 18th District

Forum with 7 Republican candidates heaps scorn on Washington

ZANESVILLE, Ohio – Revolution is in the air, and President Barack Obama, taxes and big government are under fire in the 18th Congressional District.

Perhaps nowhere in Ohio is the impact of the Tea Party movement more evident than in the far-flung region. Covering part of 16 counties, the district includes expansive rural areas and many small towns stretching from New Philadelphia in the north to Jackson in the south.

Out of all the contenders in this group,  DAVE DAUBENMIRE is perhaps the most vocal, most recognizable, and the most popular in this area of the state vying for the Republican nomination. Coach Dave took on London High School officials and ACLU in the late 1990’s.

I want to lead a revolution. … I don’t know about you, but I want my country back. Dave Daubenmire, Republican candidate from Newark

There are seven others running for the GOP nomination. You can read about them and their attendance, including Dave Daubenmire, at a recent 18th District candidates forum here.

Regardless who wins the 18th District nomination, Zack Space will have a tough fight on his hands.

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.

Written by boomer1949

...do the right thing because it is the right thing to do... Political Views: neutral...lean toward humanity

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  1. central ohio resident says:

    Coach Dave has been lambasting “prissy” “sissy” “cowardly” pastors for years because they won’t get political due to their fear of losing their tax exempt status (quote from Coach Dave’s 3/10 commentary: “They don

    • kesmarn says:

      Amazing is the word for it, COR!

      By the way, if I didn’t take time to say welcome to the Planet earlier, please consider it said now! Welcome!

  2. Chernynkaya says:

    Boomer, thanks for the update. It is so great to have people here on the planet who keep us abreast of local politics--things we’d get nowhere else!

    This may seem unrelated, but your post made me think of it. My husband works with a lot of blue collar guys, and he is constantly amazed at how little they pay attention to the issues that most impact the quality of their lives. They are not even necessarily Fux viewers, just knee-jerk anti-government and anti-tax. We were trying to figure it out.

    As best we can figure, these guys work hard and struggle to make ends meet. They come home and have no time or interest in politics. All they know is, their paychecks don’t go far enough and they see too many deductions. They don’t connect the dots-- pay taxes= get better schools, or Medicare eventually, or the strong defense they want, or whatever. What they see is fat cats in Washington. They see waste and fraud. If they own a small business, they see the seeming graft and incompetence of building inspectors--in short, they think of government as the DMV-- unresponsive, rude and inept.They are not big on thinking things through, but they have bad experiences with local government and they therefore think all government is bad.

    Add to this some simplistic ideas that equate less taxes with the Right, and they also like “Christian values” even if they themselves are not religious-- they still believe they should be. Put that all together, and add an unhealthy dose of racism-- and you get these terrible candidates.

  3. whatsthatsound says:

    Hi Boomer,

    Seems like so many times, as Ohio goes, so goes the nation. Keep on fighting the fight of the reasonable in the land between two waters!

  4. kesmarn says:

    boomer, I live in Marcy Kaptur’s district. Those of you who saw Michael Moore’s “Capitalism: a Love Story,” will remember her as the congresswoman who stood up to the powerful banking industry during the bailout crisis, and was interviewed by Moore.

    This year she’s facing probably the most organized, well-financed opposition she’s had in decades. A local doofus who ran the business he inherited from his father into the ground (a chain of supermarkets) and is now in search of something else to ruin, is running on something of a Tea Party platform…the main plank of which is a promise to “repeal Obamacare.” He has a bazillion ads on TV (probably AM radio, too, but I never listen, so I wouldn’t know) while she hasn’t run any, that I’ve seen. She’s a very honest, frugal person who doesn’t believe in wasting money on ads. She’s consistently won in all the past elections by numbers in the 75-78% range, largely because she works her butt off for the district, and has a conscience! Fancy that.

    Honestly, if this Tea Party guy wins, I will be clinically depressed. Friday night, I talked to some of the nuns who were his teachers back when, and the most charitable assessment they could come up with was that he’s “not terribly bright.”

    God help us!

    I wish I could vote more than once this year… Sigh.

  5. PepeLepew says:

    Look at all the code:

    Cross on hat.

    “I want my country back.” (OK, where did it go, cuz last time I checked …. IT’S STILL HERE!

    “Revolution.” Such a loaded word, sometimes a good thing, but in the context of the Teabaggers, that kind of “code” leads to people calling up Patty Murray and Nancy Pelosi dozens of times threatening to kill them. And a Revolution from what, exactly? I’ve become increasingly convinced that the idea of “tyranny” for a lot (maybe even most) of these Teabaggers is the idea of having one of “those” people sitting in the White House … and I don’t mean Socialist.

    • whatsthatsound says:

      True that.

    • SueInCa says:

      I want my country back is code for there is a black man who is a democrat in the whitehouse and that is not acceptable. No matter he killed mccain with the electoral vote. They think they are the “chosen ones”

    • boomer1949 says:

      If you click on Dave Daubenmire the link, it goes to rightwingwatch — so this guy is no slacker. Either way, because of the way things are in that district and because Zack Space blinked, I’ll be my next paycheck the Tea Party/Tea Party Wannabes will take the seat.

      • kesmarn says:

        ACK!! boomer, look what this Daubenmire guy’s been up to!

        Daubenmire founded Minute Men United, a nationwide organization of evangelical men who stage confrontational anti-homosexual actions at LGBT-friendly events with the self-appointed mission (as published in a Minute Men tract) of

        • central ohio resident says:

          Coach Dave is well-known in these parts as an self-righteous, self-appointed spokesman for God whose extremist views and truth-spinning have branded him a nutjob by most citizens.

          Here’s Coach Dave’s take on the ACLU incident according to his own bio: “veteran 25 year high school football coach, [Daubenmire] was spurred to action when attacked and eventually sued by the ACLU in the late 1990

          • boomer1949 says:

            ACLU didn’t back off and considered the settlement a victory.


          • central ohio resident says:

            Oh and one more thing…

            Several years ago, Coach Dave’s 24yo son who was living at home at the time was busted for having child porn on the famiy computer. He got 5 yrs probation and a lot of negative publicity for his old man.

            “NEWARK, Ohio — The 24-year-old son of conservative religious activist David Daubenmire will spend the next five years on probation after a Licking County judge convicted him on a child-pornography charge.

            At a hearing this morning, Zachary Daubenmire pleaded no contest to a felony charge of pandering obscenity involving a minor. Common Pleas Court Judge Thomas Marcelain convicted him on the charge and immediately sentenced him.

            Daubenmire, whose father has fought pornography as the founder of Pass the Salt Ministries and Minutemen United, also was fined $1,000 and must spend two years in prison if he violates terms of his probation.

            He could have received a maximum of eight years in prison. The judge also designated him as a sexually-oriented offender.

            Marcelain said in court that he thinks the younger Daubenmire showed genuine remorse and is in now in counseling for an addiction that he told the judge began when he was 15.

            Authorities found 37 still images and 26 movies depicting young girls enaging in sex with men on the family’s home computer. A computer repair technician discovered the pornography last August.”

            • Chernynkaya says:

              With the frequent sex scandals involving Christian fundies, it never ceases to amaze me that more people don’t connect the dots: The more these fake Christians insist on legislating their “morality,” the greater the likelihood that they have a sex scandal in their future. It has almost become an axiom-- preach “family values” = sex hypocrisy!

            • PepeLepew says:

              Not necessarily a scandal — but interesting nonetheless. Missoula, Mont., passed a gay rights ordinance early this morning. One of the speakers in favour of the ordinance was the daughter of one of the co-founders of “NotMyBathroom.com.” She is lesbian and lives in Washington. She showed up at the City Council to lash out at her father over his hatred of gays and lesbians. Very painful and poignant. You start to see what motivates these people.

            • boomer1949 says:

              Totally forgot about the son thing.

            • AdLib says:

              COR -- Thanks for the info and welcome to The Planet!

            • Khirad says:

              I concur. A hearty welcome, indeed!

        • boomer1949 says:

          I know, I know, I know. And, had I done a tad more research, I would’ve found this (and there are tons more-just search Dave Daubenmire) earlier:

          PoliticalAnimal1959 We love you Coach Dave. What an electrifying, candid presentation. Only one suggestion: please, please take off the ball cap. It’s a most terrific cap — i.e., a ball copy with a cross — but a public forum wearing a ball cap isn’t the way to go. How about instead, wear a tie with a cross on it, and leave your ball cap in your car. Same goes? for left-wing Michael Moore and his habitually wearing a “ball cap”.

          Good luck Coach. We need people like you in leadership positions. 3 weeks ago

          *EDIT* “Coach Dave” is running on his celebrity and name recognition. He taught and coached football at London (OH) High School for 25 years. ACLU filed a LAWSUIT against London (OH) City School District because members of the coaching staff were allegedly practicing religious indoctrination of student athletes.

        • PepeLepew says:

          These people are just flat creepy.

          I just got done with Republican Gomorrah. It’s not an exaggeration to say there are types out there determined to take over the world.

          • kesmarn says:

            I have to get my hands on a copy of Republican Gomorrah.

            I do know from personal experience with family members that it’s almost impossible to make a dent in the self-righteous arrogance of the RW, though.

            • SueInCa says:

              Pepe mentioned it to me a few months ago and I have read it now twice. It will give you a better understanding(past my series) of what these people are doing and I fear they are going to succeed. People in this country are too distracted to care what is going on right under their noses and too dumbed down to understand anyway.

            • SueInCa says:

              I know Kes. I just want to scream out at everyone…..WAKE UP

            • kesmarn says:

              Exactly, Sue. Just trying to stay employed and take care of their families is overwhelming so many people now that they hardly have a moment to take a look at the agenda these people have.

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