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Time:2021-06-19 20:06:00


﹛﹛Tim Ryan was everywhere, at least for a day or two. In this video age, he made for eye-catching imagery as he excoriated the majority of House Republicans for their opposition to a bipartisan commission with the task of getting the full story behind the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol.

﹛﹛His target deserved the harsh words, even the Howard Beale ※I*m mad as hell§ delivery. ※Holy cow!§ Ryan exclaimed. ※Incoherence! No idea what you are talking about! Benghazi! You guys chased the former secretary of state all over the country, spent millions of dollars. We have people scaling the Capitol, hitting the Capitol police with lead pipes across the head, and we can*t get bipartisanship!

﹛﹛※What else has to happen in this country?§

﹛﹛The Niles Democrat and longtime House member, representing a swath from Youngstown to Akron, won attention that could help his candidacy for the U.S. Senate. To prevail in persistently red Ohio, he needs a national fundraising profile.

﹛﹛Ryan is seeking to succeed Rob Portman, who said no to a reelection bid, the Cincinnati Republican clearly weary of the burden Donald Trump has placed on his party. Republicans are vulnerable to cudgeling, the Capitol riot just the latest problematic episode. Consider the recent parade of woes while a Republican resided in the White House 〞 9/11 attacks, debacle in Iraq, Katrina, Wall Street calamity, Great Recession, Trumpian shattering of norms, pandemic mismanagement and, finally, the Big Lie.

﹛﹛Imagine what a Jim Jordan would do if Democrats had such a record, or if someone looked the other way involving the sexual abuse of athletes at Ohio State.

﹛﹛Add the scandals of Ohio Republicans, hundreds of millions in public money directed to a shady charter school operation and the corrupt ways of Larry Householder.

﹛﹛Yet it isn*t enough to point fingers. Ryan must push a positive agenda, showing how his ideas would improve the lives of Ohioans. That explains his ※Workers First§ tour.

﹛﹛The tour carries an obvious echo of Sen. Sherrod Brown*s ※dignity of work.§ Brown has bucked the trend, the Cleveland Democrat winning three times statewide since 2006. The ※dignity§ concept is more than an easy phase. Too many workers have come second, the labor share of overall income declining in recent decades, resulting in stagnant wages and financial pressure for many middle- and lower-income workers.

﹛﹛The Mansfield News Journal reported Ryan telling an audience in Shelby last month: ※I*m running because it*s time that this country remembers your hard work. # If you*re out there busting your rear end to try to make ends meet for you and your family, to try to contribute to society, you should have some breathing room.§

﹛﹛This is essentially about repairing longstanding and corrosive inequities in pay, those at the highest income rungs reaping rewards at the expense of others. The News Journal highlighted Ryan calling for expanded union membership, job training that leads to actual employment and child care assistance for working parents.

﹛﹛Another idea is something along the lines of a worker tax credit, say, offsetting the expense of payroll taxes, making paychecks larger. The cost of such a step could be covered through a higher federal estate tax. Currently, estates worth as much as $11 million per individual, and $22 million for a couple, escape the tax entirely.

﹛﹛Look at Ohio election results, and it seems clear where Ryan must make up ground. In 2020, Joe Biden carried just six counties, fewer than Hillary Clinton. Two years earlier, Brown won those six plus 10 others, notably along the shore of Lake Erie.

﹛﹛In his recent book, ※Desk 88: Eight Progressive Senators Who Changed America,§ Brown cites another element: Democrats must show up and tell their story in rural and small-town communities that have increasingly voted Republican. In many of these areas, Donald Trump won 70 percent or more of the vote. Yet such places often share the same profile with urban areas that favor Democrats, from lower rates of employment and educational attainment to higher Medicaid use.

﹛﹛Shave a few percentage points, and a Democrat begins to narrow the gap.

﹛﹛As it is, many Democrats have a poor record in framing the message. They invite the impression of somehow aiding the undeserving, or favored groups. No doubt, many would benefit from easing income inequality, and those gains should be stressed. Yet, the political challenge is to show how the rest are winners, too, as middle- and lower-income households have more to invest and spend, reprising the shared prosperity of mid-20th?century.

﹛﹛More of us would feel part of something that is working better. That is what Tim Ryan has an opportunity to do: Win an election by telling a persuasive story about practical steps to enhance the whole of Ohio.

﹛﹛Douglas is a retired Beacon Journal editorial page editor. He can be reached at?mddouglasmm@gmail.com.

﹛﹛Michael Douglas

﹛﹛Twenty-four years ago, the roles were reversed. America*s darling trailed by three shots entering the final round of the U.S. Women*s Open.

﹛﹛This year, she*s up one.

﹛﹛Twenty-four years ago, however, that darling was 40 years old and in the twilight of her career, watching the last sun set on her U.S. Open-winning opportunities.

﹛﹛This year, she*s 26 每 without a U.S. Open win to her resume, but with more than a decade of chances, one would think, to come.

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﹛﹛In 1997, Nancy Lopez, a three-time major champion, but never a U.S. Women*s Open winner, entered the final round at Pumpkin Ridge in Oregon, trailing England*s Alison Nicholas through 54 holes.

﹛﹛Despite a partisan crowd and a Sunday 69, it wasn*t enough for Lopez, who finished runner-up for the fourth time and finished her career without that Open trophy.

﹛﹛The crowd at The Olympic Club is sure to side with Lexi Thompson on Sunday in San Francisco. Lexi, like Nancy, is a longtime Open suffer. This is her 15th appearance 每 an incredible number, considering her age 每 and she has only two top-5 finishes. Those, however, have come in two of the last three years, including a tie for second in 2019.

﹛﹛She missed the cut last year in Houston, but the event was rescheduled for December because of COVID-19, and given all the uncertainties and calamity?of 2020, anyone can be forgiven for a one-off performance 每 or season.

﹛﹛This coming Wednesday will mark two years since Thompson has won on tour. Could mark. Might not mark.

﹛﹛Thompson fired a personal-best 66 on Saturday at Olympic, complete with five birdies and no bogeys.

﹛﹛On Sunday, she*ll vie for her second major victory and first since 2014, when she was a teen. And, she*ll have to beat at least one teen in order to do so.

﹛﹛Saso, 19, from the Philippines, will try to play the role of spoiler. She won’t?be alone in that quest but there are only five other players currently under par.

﹛﹛Saso won’t have to endure jeers as this is a more civil scene than a few thousand miles away in Columbus, Ohio, but the cheers will certainly be on Lexi’s side. Like 1997. So, too, the bulk of the pressure. Like 1997.

﹛﹛And this is Olympic, after all, a venue unkind to the more formidable names.

﹛﹛Lexi knows, having endured heartbreak many times over in her professional career, that anything is possible and nothing is certain.

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