The Columbus Dispatch has an interesting snippet from outgoing Republican Sen. George Voinovich. The main thrust of the article was to highlight Voinovich’s upcoming involvement in opposing gambling, but Weepin’ George also offered up this choice quote on the recent downturn in the GOP’s fortunes (Heads-up from Right Ohio):
We got too many Jim DeMint’s (R-S.C.) and Tom Coburn’s (R-Ok.). It’s the Southerners. They get on TV and go ‘errrr, errrrr.’ People hear them and say, ‘These people, they’re southerners. The party’s being taken over by southerners. What they hell they got to do with Ohio?
Errrr, errrr? Way to completely denigrate an entire section of the country, Senator. It’s apparent that Voinovich has a problem with Sen. Jim DeMint and Sen. Tom Coburn (Is Oklahoma really the South?). That’s amazing, because those two have been the most able communicators on behalf on conservatism and the GOP. I suppose Voinovich is more concerned with looking erudite and learned – never mind that Midwestern values jive a great deal with the conservative values that DeMint and Coburn are trumpeting.
With this kind of backward and self-defeating thinking, Ohio will be better off without Voinovich representing them in the Senate.
Update: The bigger blogs have picked up on this story. Voinovich is going to have some explaining to do.