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Day 214

It’s Day 214 of the Ohio Shutdown and Day 150 of the Racists-for-Biden Road Show.

Deb and I are managing fine. We hit a little snag with her father’s house today, but it’s nothing that can’t be overcome.

Ohio State plays the first football game of its season tomorrow, at home in The ‘Shoe against Nebraska. The Buckeyes are expected to be pretty damned good this year, too, and if you know me well, you know how rabidly I’ve followed OSU since I was a kid.

I’ve drifted away from the program in recent years, not nearly as passionate (or as interested) as I once was. Part of that, I think, is because the Ohio State gameday experience is no longer within the reach of the average family. The price of a reserved seat varies game-by-game but can run as high as $220 — one ticket, one person, one butt in one seat.

That doesn’t include parking or outrageously priced food and drinks. I know very few families of four who can justify dropping $1,500 the day the Buckeyes play That Team Up North.

None of that is an issue tomorrow, of course. There will be no fans in Ohio Stadium — and no TBDBITL, no cheerleaders, no Brutus. Richard Michael DeWine and the Big Ten have seen to that.

Oh, did I mention that players’ helmets will all sport a sticker that reads, “Equality”?

Yeah. Tailor gameday to the well-heeled, then eliminate gameday altogether, and then slap a political message on what’s left.

No.

Go Bucks — but no.

Looking objectively at last night’s final presidential debate, it’s hard to make the case that Daffy McHairsniffer didn’t get his ass handed to him. He looked frightened when he took the stage and feeble throughout.

As one left-leaning pundit put it today, “Almost a week under a lid in debate prep, and we got that?

Trump showed up in a fit of relative discipline, easily (and obviously) winning the match. He also won the inevitable post-game fact-checking, with Daffy getting flagged for blatant gaslighting and a slew of outright lies.

Particularly interesting to me was the contrast between the two on the “pandemic.”

After Trump said, “We’re learning to live with it,” Daffy responded,

“We’re about to go into a dark winter, a dark winter… He says we’re learning to live with it. People are learning to die from it.”

Rorschach time, eh?

One man appeals to the independent, the strong, the reasoned, the relentlessly American. The other plays to the weak, the entitled, the incurably fearful — The Victim Class.

Here in Ohio, we see Daffy’s approach every Tuesday and Thursday from our own “Republican” governor.

Take care of yourselves. Stay free.

#WiseUp #LibertyOrDeath #OhioAgainstDeWine #Pandemic #Debate

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