I have really enjoyed the news coverage on this and the Republican spin docs trying to put the best possible face on the situation. Congrats to those Vermont voters who voted for the man and not the ticket.
Ohio has been well known as a Republican state, the home of Taft Republicanism, for many years but I have always had some respect for the voters here in the past several decades. Though far from Democrat, people here have often voted for the man and not the party, sending Howard Metzenbaum to the Senate for many years. We now have two "conservative Republicans" in the Senate, and yet these two men are far more flexible than that tag would indicate. Mike DeWine has shown himself to be very open to liberal ideas and causes and although distinctly loyal to his party, has also voted his conscience in many cases and championed family values in a distinctly non-Republican way.
Jeffords is a good man and the people of Vermont have much to be proud of.