SUNBURY, Ohio (AP) — This is what it is like to be an Ohioan in the maddening final days of Campaign 2012:
A cacophony of screeching voices spew attack ads from television and radio, hurling words like “FALSE! DECEIVING! DISHONEST!,” disrupting regular programs for up to 15 minutes at a time. Mountains of political fliers — glossy sophisticated sheets with invective stamped all over them — spill from mailboxes. Answering machines are jammed with messages from candidates or their surrogates, annoying some people so much they have turned off their phones until after the election.
Add to that the massive traffic snarls every time a presidential candidate comes to town — which lately has been every other day — and it’s hard not to feel sympathy for the beleaguered Buckeye voter.