Discovering Columbus (Ohio) in 2012
By now we, all know how historically important Ohio is for anyone who wants to be president. No Republican has ever been elected to the White House without carrying Ohio. The Buckeye State, alone of the 50, has voted for the winning presidential nominee in every one of the last 12 national elections.
This year, Ohio is up for grabs, and both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, including their running mates and relatives, can generally be found somewhere within driving distance of Chillicothe or Ashtabula or Pepper Pike.
So one week after what was, for Democrats, the disastrous first presidential debate in Denver — that was the one, you recall, where Barack Obama chose not to show up in person — which left Democrats both perplexed and dispirited, a two-and-a half hour focus group featuring 12 thoughtful but honestly undecided Columbus-area voters discussing the campaign and the country turned out to be a treasure trove for anyone trying to understand U.S. politics in 2012.
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