“Mixed emotions” has been defined as “watching your mother-in-law drive over a cliff in your new Cadillac.”

You can forgive people in Youngstown if they felt mixed emotions, too, over all of the international media attention that was focused on their city before yesterday’s Ohio presidential primary.

As David Skolnick of the Vindicator points out, the cameras weren’t there to capture life in a typical Ohio city.

“Many of the newspaper articles and television pieces on the Mahoning Valley highlight the area’s struggling economy, particularly in Youngstown, its largest city,” he writes. “Few are complimentary of the city’s appearance.”

Take the cameraman from ZDF — Germany’s public TV network — who got “excited when driving past abandoned industrial buildings.”

Someone needs to sic the governor of West Virginia on them. He’ll learn ’em some manners.

Here’s what the Germans had to say about Youngstown. I can’t read it, but I’m pretty sure they’re trying to buy Mr. Burns’ power plant.