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Friday, January 13, 2006 

Can't we all just get along?

The whole Sherrod Brown controversy is kinda ridicules. Now, I admit, I wasn't at the event where the whole brouhaha between Brown and Russo went down. But, come on. It is being blown way out of proportion. The people who have the most to gain from this mess are the bloggers themselves. They receive a small amount of notoriety and a few more readers (rubbernecking at the car crash) while giving a solid Ohio Democratic congressman a bit of a black eye. The Russo disappearing story is the political blog equivalent of the Simpson/Lachey divorce. Who cares where he went? There are good reasons to support Hackett over Brown and vice a versa but neither would be a bad candidate. There is no reason to treat one of our own like this. If you think Hackett is that much better, state your reasons - but don't bad mouth Brown. There are a lot of people better to bad mouth (DeWine anyone?). I am not saying don't criticize, compare, contrast, whatever but there are tactful, constructive, intelligent ways and there are tacky/tabloid ways. In the end, we are all fighting for the same goal - A Blue Ohio.

Oh.. I see Blogometer, just touched on this issue. Look, I don't know any of my fellow NEO Political bloggers but from reading their blogs - many are really hurt that Brown missed thier meeting, (even though he said he would gladly reschedule sans Russo). Let it go people. Everyone needs to step back and stop taking themselves so seriously. It all just seems so silly. Especially when you look at the big picture and how much more trustworthy either of these candidates are over the likes of a DeWine (just look at Browns record and Hacketts determination).

As far as Russo is concerned, I don't think I have ever met him, but - his blog and many of his comments, although clever, also make he seem very antagonistic. After the "incident", Sherrod was damned if he did, damned if he didn't make it to the MTB meeting. So, I won't be judging him as quickly as some of you may be (at least not on that event). That doesn't mean he gets an easy endorsement just because he is a Dem, it just means I am trying to be fair.

Buckeye Senate adds his perspective to these evnts in a great diary. Read It, too.

I think you're right--it is time to move on. Rubbernecking, & the incentive for bloggers to draw traffic from the debacle, is a great way to describe the whole mess.

It is, however, a sign of trouble within the Brown campaign that they keep stepping in doo-doo everywhere they go. Perhaps the recent shakeup will help them turn things around...

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