I attended a regional meeting of Republican Chairmen last night. I walked away very excited about our prospects for the fall election. Honest.
We have work to do. Of that, there is no doubt. Much of what I learned from that meeting I will not put in this space. After all, some Democrats read this blog. But, I can tell you that there is a highly coordinated, organized get-out-the-vote (GOTV) effort that will be implemented in Ohio and specifically in Hamilton County. Our party honed our GOTV skills in 2004 and I fully expect that we will execute a winning formula in 2008.
I am further convinced that John McCain will beat Barack Obama in Ohio. The "swing" parts of our state will vote McCain and if the election were held today, McCain would beat Obama with a comfortable margin in Ohio. The map for Barack is tough if he can't win places like Ohio and Pennsylvania. Watch for Obama to select a southern moderate Democrat (i.e. Sam Nunn) as his running mate to give himself a chance. It will not be enough.
A word of caution: Barack Obama still makes our life difficult in Hamilton County. Our challenge will be to drive out the Republican votes in Hamilton County to offset the "Barack effect." We'll be ready to do that.
What can you do now? Lots. We're forming our coalitions for McCain and we're looking to fill 5 key spots in the local campaign. We'll be calling on our Republican Machine to get that done.
Remember, the Republican message is a winning message because we stand for what is right about America.