My Town Monday: When it Sucks to Live in Ohio

No, I’m not talking about the weather (although there’s plenty to complain about there). This is something else entirely, although it is seasonal. Some years, it doesn’t really start until late September or early October. Other years, it gets going early. I’m talking about when you’re enjoying a relaxing evening at home (is there such a thing? LOL). Or you’re at least spending time with family, getting chores done, doing some writing (in my case), or that old classic, sitting down to eat dinner.

They should just leave me alone

Then they call. Not the telemarketers – we’re on the national Do Not Call list, so that’s cut down on them a lot, with the exception of GE Home Security (but that’s another rant).

I’m talking about political campaign calls. Sometimes it’s a computer. Sometimes it’s a human. Sometimes they’re taking a survey, but most of the time, they just want to tell you why you should vote for their candidate, or for/against a particular issue. If you’re registered to vote and you have a landline phone, you’re vulnerable.

It’s worse in some places than others. It’s really bad here in Ohio, because we’re a swing state – meaning any year, which party gets the lion’s share of our presidential or congressional votes is up for grabs. And while we have a little less clout than in prior years (we lost two congressional seats this year) we’re still a significant number with 20 electoral votes.

This guy took the high road - yes, it can happen

It doesn’t matter which party you’re registered with, but if you’re registered to vote but not for either party (i.e., that sought-after animal called an Independent), it’s probably worse.

Several years ago, one poor sap called at 10:30 on a Sunday morning, when my husband had just happened to wake up. Now, my DH is a master of improv, and he was excited to answer it, especially when a human came on the line. Well, DH launched into the rudest, most offensive rant I’ve heard in years, and I think the guy hung up within ten seconds. That party has not called since. Big WIN for being obnoxious! Now we just have to think of some way to offend the other party so they’ll stop calling too.

Of course, there are still the TV ads. Incessant blathering, all of it so biased as to be worthless. I hardly ever watch TV, but my family does, so there’s no escaping them. In that vein, I would like to thank U.S. Congressman Steve Austria for deciding not to run for re-election. Because of the redistricting in our state, Congressman Austria’s district has been chopped up, leaving him in the same, redrawn district as fellow incumbent Mike Turner. Both have similar qualifications and voting records, so while Turner has been in office much longer, it’s not necessarily a foregone conclusion as to who would have won, had the two been pitted against each other in a primary. Austria decided not to run because he wanted to avoid an expensive, negative primary campaign. (And I did not want to watch the obnoxious commercials.) So thank you Congressman Austria, for taking the high road.

Now I just have to figure out how to get my husband to turn off the TV so I don’t have to listen to the other bozos screaming about each other.

Do you find election season a pain in your area? Are you in a swing state, or do the telecampaigners pretty much leave you alone?

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  1. Gee you’ve only been getting calls since January? Luxky you. This is why I love caller ID. If the number comes uo 800 anything or some state where no one I know lives. I just let the phone ring. It did take me awhile before I had a handle on the urge to run to the phone every time it rang. But one glance and I’m good now. The bad side of that is some of my appliance warrenties expired because Sears started calling for renewal instead of mailing them. Oh well, it’s a small price to pay to escape political harrassement.

  2. We screen ALL our calls on the machine (or if we’re watching live TV, the number will pop up on the screen – courtesy of having our phone also through Time Warner). It’s ridiculous how often the phone rings each night!

  3. We also screen our calls, but we only get politician calls–automated ones–on election day. But we get a lot of random telemarketer calls, even as early as 8 in the morning on a Sunday!
    We are all so used to not answering those calls that the first to see the caller id usually yells, “Uni!” (short for unavailable as read off the caller id)

  4. Julie – lucky you! Great time to live in Texas. Thanks for commenting!

    Catherine and Stacy – I’m totally with you on the caller ID – gotta love it on the TV – we have that too. It’s still annoying when the TV’s not on, and I have to stop what I’m doing to check the caller ID, determine it’s a nuisance call, then go back to what I’m doing. If I’m writing, bye-bye train of thought. Grrrr. If my husband’s home, he likes to answer those calls so he can “have some fun” with the callers. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. LOL Pat, he’s very funny – as long as you’re not easily offended! Thanks for stopping by. πŸ™‚

  6. Oh, I feel your pain! I used to worry about those. Then I did the best thing ever. I turned off the sound on my landline phone. It lights up when someone calls and the name and number is displayed on the TV screen if it’s on. I love to look at who’s calling and laugh about how they thought I’d answer the phone at night. Silly them. That’s not gonna happen. And I don’t live in a swing state, so I can’t imagine how bad you have it.

  7. So true, Louise! They’re annoying no matter how you plan on voting too. The worst offenders are the ones that call right before the election – when I’ve already mailed my ballot in! LOL Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Four years ago, one of the parties had just a massive implosion of all their candidates. I couldn’t stand to look at any of them, much less vote for them, to the point where I would do the most despicable thing I’ve ever done: vote straight ticket.

    But then one guy running for judge called the incumbent pro-rape. That made me happy. Because the incumbent was with the party falling out of power, and there was no way in hell I’d vote for anyone who’d say something as idiotic as “My opponent is pro-rape.” So bless you, stupid law professor. You kept me from voting straight ticket. He’d found my token candidate with that party.

    Now they equally smell bad, so I can just go in and flip a coin and rest easy knowing I might have a new guy to hate the next morning.

    No, I’m not cynical about politics.

  9. LOL Jim! This is great:

    Now they equally smell bad, so I can just go in and flip a coin and rest easy knowing I might have a new guy to hate the next morning.

    Isn’t that the truth!

  10. We also screen our calls. We have had a few leave messages, but not many. When I am undecided I will tune in when I am in my car – sometimes. But for the most part I don’t want to listen to a bunch of mudslinging and flat out lies. I do like to look at them though. I tend to get a feeling in my belly about them. That will usually sway my vote a little bit. Odd, I know.

  11. LOL Debra, you hit it on what I hate about the ads! All mudslinging and crap taken out of context, if not total lies! The mail is a little easier to stomach, and sometimes I do read over them too. And nothing wrong with intuition! Thanks for stopping by!

  12. Thankfully my only phone is my cell phone, and no one really seems to have gotten their hands on the number to bother me (aside from my alma matter asking for donations). I’m already looking forward to election season being over. The commercials and debates get tiring pretty quickly.

  13. I’m already tired of the debates, and it’s just one party! I’ve thought of getting rid of my landline. I get the occasional wrong number on my cell phone, but that’s it. Who knows, by November, they might drive me to it!