Tag Archives: Presidential elections

Swing State Sorrows: The Price of a Vote that Matters

My latest article, now up on the Huffington Post, discusses the impact of Ohio’s centrality in the national elections on our state’s political culture.

We hear it time and again, enviously, bitterly, admiringly, coaxingly. It may be our sole characteristic that induces jealousy among our compatriots. It entices the world’s most powerful men to court us. Observers from Beijing to Benghazi eye us intently; from New York to California they unabashedly ogle us. We are awash — maybe drowning — in the money of millionaires. Here in Ohio, our votes matter.

By November 7, we will have determined the course of the domestic and foreign policies of a global superpower. Very soon thereafter all will forget us, and then in four years wonder again why we are so fickle. In the meantime, we will be left to attend to our wounds. Maybe we will mend them, but probably they will fester. All that is certain is that no entity could be so torn and embattled without suffering critical damage. Read the rest here! 

How Far Apart? Divisions in American Politics (Part II)

This is the second piece of my two-part series for Aslan, discussing why partisanship and anti-systemic forces have drastically divided American political culture in recent years. The first piece can be found here.

It was fine drama. The vice-presidential debate between incumbent Joe Biden and challenger Paul Ryan was substantive, engaging, and filled with tragic-comedy (at least from Biden). Unlike their running mates, Biden and Ryan displayed the divisions between the national parties that were glossed over by the surprise appearance of “Mitt the Moderate” one week prior. In a time of economic hardship, they sought to embody the two different visions of America that are meant to move us through recovery, define our future trajectory, and even redefine our past. From the left we are a nation of communal action for the betterment of all; from the right we are a nation of empowered individuals who succeed on their own merit. Read the rest here!