Average Joe Buckey Blitz Tour cont. (Still on my hometown pit-stop…) President Bush’s motorcade comes up I-75 here this afternoon, passing by Bluffton, Ohio (pop. 3,800), my hometown. To get a jump on Mr. Bush, I went campaigning at Bluffton’s Farmer’s Market this morning. There I talked with a man from Louisiana and a woman visiting from Idaho. They both walked away wearing “average Joe” buttons. One of the market vendors, Cindy Basinger, said she’d been called by a Gallup Poll representative earlier in the week and was asked if she was voting for Kerry or Bush. “Neither. I’m voting for Joe Schriner,” she said. What’s more, the Bluffton College Library Director walked up to me at the Market and said a display case, with a current presidential candidate theme, just went on display at the library. “And you’re right there in it,” she said. So there, George! Note: A recent Chillicothe (Ohio) Gazette article noted I said that I could be the “Nader factor” in Ohio this year. With campaign success like this morning, you have to wonder that. Don’t you?