“And we all know what matters first and foremost in announcements like this is the media coverage.”

— Kasich blogger Jon Keeling on the announcement of the Kasich-Taylor ticket. (Before the ticket was “officially” announced.)

Well, let see how that panned out…

ABJ Columnist Dennis Willard (selected excerpts):

[Kasich] offered recycled promises and vague answers regarding what he would do as governor.

The problem for the Kasich candidacy that will become more apparent as the campaign goes on is that he is going to keep running into his own past and his own party.

But when Kasich later criticized recent Ohio leaders for not doing enough for the state, he was talking about [ORP Chairman Kevin]DeWine.

Kasich was asked whether the tax reform of 2004 and personal-injury lawsuit reform passed by the Ohio legislature went far enough. He answered no.

Husted was speaker during Strickland’s first two years in office, during the same period Republicans accuse the governor of losing more than 300,000 jobs in Ohio. Husted is now a state senator running for secretary of state.

Taylor was in the legislature in 2004, too, and she was immediately asked her thoughts, which made for an awkward moment.

Only the historically challenged would have a problem recognizing the contradictions in Kasich’s message when he talks about his days as U.S. House budget chairman in 1995.

Kasich was a managing director for Lehman Brothers ? the Lehman Brothers ? and there are plenty of people who believe that Wall Street firms like Lehman played a much larger role over the past decade than Strickland in the past three years creating the economic mess facing Ohio.

He and Taylor enjoy denouncing Strickland for taking federal bailout money, but neither has explained what they would have done to balance the state budget without the aid.

Kasich used humor to not answer the question…

Funny, maybe, but he didn’t answer the question because he doesn’t have an answer. No one, not even John Kasich, could have turned down the federal dollars without making massive cuts in government services or raising those job-killing taxes he so deplores.

On Thursday, Kasich outlined the problems he would address.

Ohio companies are taxed too much, our workers are undertrained and our legal system needs reform, which means too many personal-injury lawsuits, he said.

He added that state government needs to be restructured, our regulatory system is onerous, school funding needs to be fixed and the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation is strangling small businesses.

These are the same issues George Voinovich cited in 1990, Bob Taft in 1998 and J. Kenneth Blackwell in 2006.

It is early in the campaign, but Kasich must make a compelling case for replacing Strickland, and criticizing the governor is not going to be enough.

So, it’s really John Kasich=George Voinovich + Bob Taft + Ken Blackwell. I’ve apparently been too generous.? My bad.

In both the Columbus Dispatch and the Plain Dealer today, Thomas Suddes also had some harsh words for the Kasich-Taylor tax plan.? He concludes that it cannot be done with a massive hike in taxes elsewhere (sound familiar?)

Actually, Kasich is just what virtually all Ohio politicians are: opportunistic. Logic and facts have little to do with what Kasich says he aims to do.

Ouch! Yeah, I couldn’t find a single editorial or column that actually praised the performance of Kasich-Taylor in its rollout.? Even the conservative blogs all admit that the ticket dodged questions as they gave lukewarm?praise for the performance.? (The best Matt Hurley could say at WMD was that Kasich and Taylor did a “pretty good” job answering questions.)

And that’s just what’s been written over the weekend.? Let’s not forget the negative coverage earlier in the week.

And you know who suddenly stopped talking about the importance of John Kasich’s press coverage?

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