November 7, 2006
Backlash in Ohio
If you had an R next to your name on a ballot in Ohio, this is a bad night. Is anyone happy with the Republicans there? Sen. Mike DeWine had pretty decent approval ratings. He wasn't exactly regarded as a hard-core conservative, as evangelicals may know from his reluctance to back the Republican majority pushing for conservative judges. His opponent, Rep. Sherrod Brown, is about as liberal as you can get on all fronts. But DeWine could not overcome the utter collapse of his state party, bogged by corruption in the House delegation and governor's mansion. The vaunted Religious Right that CT reported about in Ohio has run into irate moderates, disenchanted economic conservatives, and an insurgent backlash from the Religious Left.