Columbus, OH — It’s been another rough week for the GOP Senate field, including its newest member J.D. Vance. While J.D. has gotten used to the lifestyle of the rich and the famous, in which his Big Tech cronies hang on his every word, suddenly he finds himself in a world where his hypocrisy and phoniness is under scrutiny as the rest of the country discovers what Ohio has known for so long — J.D. has always only ever been in it for himself. Somewhere, Peter Thiel must be wondering if it’s too late to ask for his millions back as J.D.’s opening salvo in the race is, “I’m not just a flip-flopper, I’m a flip-flop-flipper on Trump.”
And in what has already become the messiest Senate primary in the country, Vance’s fellow Republicans are already on the attack, hoping to prove to Trump that they love him more than Vance ever could. Josh Mandel went after Vance unprompted this week, calling Vance “Mitt Romney, Jr.,” a strange attack from a guy who campaigned (trademark fake accent and all) across Ohio with Romney in 2012.
Vance, sensing his fledgling campaign is already in trouble, fired back against candidates like Mandel and Jane Timken who have made their campaigns all about Trump, as he tells NBC News: “But I also think he (Trump) thinks that people who kiss his a– all the time are pretty weak.”
It’s a back-and-forth that may pay the bills of all the D.C. Trump consultants working on the GOP race, but it’s increasingly turning off voters in Ohio, as their interests and priorities get left behind in order to try and keep the attention of a failed Florida blogger.
“The GOP Senate primary looks more like a Hollywood reality show than a political campaign, featuring a bunch of rich people bickering back and forth over things that Ohioans couldn’t care less about. As Republicans leave Ohio families behind, Democrats are focused on the issues that matter to our state, from COVID recovery to infrastructure to helping working families get ahead,” said Matt Keyes, spokesperson for the Ohio Democratic Party.