Ted Strickland’s recent announcement that he wants to postpone the next phase of a planned income tax cut to help solve the ongoing state budget crisis has picked up endorsements from the Ohio Farm Bureau, the Ohio Manufacturer’s Association and the Ohio Chamber of Commerce – all groups that normally support Republicans and their pro-business ideas.

Meanwhile, John Kasich is making plans to campaign with Sean Hannity – the ultra-conservative Fox News talk show host.

I’m not sure who is advising Kasich on his campaign but it sounds like someone who has no clue about the political scene in modern-day Ohio.

Ohioans are looking for leaders who can work across party lines. Leaders who understand both business and labor. Leaders who don’t use hatred and divisiveness – trademarks of Sean Hannity’s right-wing talk show style – as campaign tactics.

That shit may have gotten you elected in 1998, but as we approach 2010 Ohioans are looking for something a little more substantial and a little less evil.

Any halfway-intelligent campaign advisor would tell John to avoid using the same strategy that destroyed the last Republican gubernatorial candidate’s campaign. But it sounds like Kasich is well on his way to pulling a Blackwell.

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  • Matt N.

    Conservatism is much different than corporatism and state socialism.

  • So where are all the conservatives? LOL

  • My point, obviously, was that Governor Strickland is picking up support from big groups in Ohio that normally support Republicans. And THAT is how you win elections – by moving to the center and winning broad support.

    The visit from Hannity is an obvious sign that Kasich is floundering.

    John was lucky enough to avoid a primary and he is STILL fighting to win over his base? How many times have we seen this situation?

    Remember how it works out?

    Obviously Strickland isn’t going to pick up support from ultra-conservative celebrities like Hannity. And why would he want to?

    Hannity is a fucking retard who has absolutely no experience or educational foundation to support his conservative credentials. He managed to muster up a measly high school diploma and subsequently failed out of two colleges.

    Strickland has two Master’s degrees (one of them in Divinity!) AND a PhD.

    I’m going to go with the Doctor over the drop-out any day.

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