WMD Matt Hurley thinks the idea of a Kasich-Taylor ticket is so stupid, it cannot be true:

Mary Taylor will be able to do whatever she wants to do…in 2014, maybe 2012 if she plays her cards right. Mary Taylor committed to running for re-election to the office of Auditor. As far as I am concerned, she loses credibility if she backs out. For the same reason I can’t take Sarah Palin seriously, you NEVER abandon your post. If Taylor jumps ship on an apportionment board seat that she has zero chance of losing in order to “further her political career” as John Kasich’s shadow, I think it would be her biggest mistake.

Raise your hand if you’ve heard a Republican Party official say anything along the lines of “The apportionment board is the single most important thing we have to win this year.” My hand is up…and if you’ve been around any GOP meetings or events, I am sure that your hand is raised too.

But let’s say that the Ohio GOP has no brains and wants to go All In with a draw to the River and go along with this charade. Who do they get to replace Taylor for Auditor? One theory is Mike DeWine, which is so laughable I can barely contain myself to write it. DeWine thinks he’s “above” the Auditor’s gig. Heck, Mikey thought he was too big for Attorney General during the special election. Josh Mandel? No. I don’t think so. What’s with the musical chairs theory anyway? Oh, yeah, that’s how the Ohio GOP operates.

That would be the second Ohio-based conservative blogger to come out and declare the gubernatorial ticket stupid and self-defeating.? Of course, given that these also happen to be the only conservative bloggers to write about it (the rest are likely holding their fire out of respect for their party), it’s not a good sign.? It’s also not a good sign to see a conservative blogger refer to Taylor as Sarah Palin in a negative light.

[Update:] And you can add Taylor’s supporters on Facebook who have been downright disgusted at how the Ohio GOP has treated Mary Taylor over the years.

Burrell A. Jackson

Burrell A. Jackson: Mary Taylor is a fantastic state official and I hope she does not succumb to pressure from state GOP operatives trying to ‘force’ her out of the auditor’s race. Those are the rumors out there. Joining a Kasich ticket as Lt. Governor would be political suicide. If she won’t run for State Auditor, then she should run for… Governor. She wold be far better than Kasisch! Hang in there Mary.
And Scott Pullins has another must-read post today about how Jim Petro was never pressured out of the Auditor’s office over concerns over fundraising like Taylor is being.? However, I don’t buy for a moment that the ORP is pushing Taylor out because they’re afraid they’d lose the seat if she runs for re-election.? If that were the case, we’d hear who the GOP replacement candidate would be.? As it stands now, Taylor leaves Pepper with an uncontested open seat race.
[UPDATE II:] Add Kyle Sisk who isn’t exactly popping the champaigne corks over this one.? (He even takes a few shots at Jon Keeling for good measure.)? Sisk basically calls Taylor’s willingness to do this an indictment of her character:

Mary Taylor is lazy. ?She did not want to do the work necessary to win so she quit. ?She is a quitter. ?Plain and simply put that is what is happening. ?Spin it however you want to, but she didn’t want to do the work so she is going someplace where she doesn’t have to do much work. ?Good gig if you can get it.

From Kasich’s perspective getting Taylor is a decent, but not great thing.

0-2.? 0-3.? 0-4.? And the Kasich-Taylor ticket announcement is coming right around the corner. . .

With friends like these, Kasich-Taylor doesn’t even need the Ohio Democratic Party.