November 2nd, Election Day was the day the Republicans had hoped for, nationally and here in Ohio. The Cincinnati area remains a very important battleground state, as evidenced by the Election Eve Rally at Lunken Airport Hangar 31. The faithful came out to cheer Rob Portman and John Kasich along with several others on the Ohio ticket, including the presumed Speaker of the House of Representatives, Reading’s own John Boehner. The round of festivities featured Hank Williams Jr. to help fire up the base and rail against President Obama and Nancy Pelosi. The highlight may have been when Bocephus, not one to mince words, referred to the Commander in Chief as a Marxist.
While all the hoopla was about winning the current slate of races, which the GOP did for the most part, the real prize was laying the groundwork for defeating President Obama in 2012. It was quite a tsunami – the GOP took every statewide office, the majority in the Ohio House and Senate, the US Senate race, and 13 of 18 House of Representative seats. And perhaps most importantly, they will be able to control the Ohio Apportionment Board and the drawing of legislative districts.
Once every 10 years, following the Census, Congressional districts are re-apportioned to reflect changes in population. Many southern and western states will gain seats, due to population shifts and some will lose seats. Ohio is predicted to lose two when the process is finished, but the GOP will have the ability to play musical chairs and shift the districts to their advantage. See: gerrymandering.
They say all politics is local, but in Ohio’s case, they may have national implications, as we slog our way to 2012.