A notably level-headed correspondent goes off on a bender. (G)
There’s no consolodation of political power in Ohio, et al. If there were, Chuck Shumer would be petitioing for fast track Buckeye citizenship. What does Ohio get from the winning candidate?
The political power is in Texas, NY, California, etc… If you’re a Dem, and California doesn’t like you, you’re toast. Same as if Texas doesn’t like a Rep.
California, for instance, doesn’t get ignored. It is just such a huge Dem power base that it is hard to justify a Rep candidacy spending a lot of time or money there, in a winner take all election, when more productive votes may be mined elsewhere. A couple of generations ago the “solid south” was solid with the Democrats. Less than a generation ago, Colorado was a true red state. The swing states are only that for having enough electoral college votes to make them worth the time, and demographics that mirror something approaching an average of America as a whole.