The Carpetblogger continues to tweet how unimportant today’s speech by Governor Ted Strickland was.  It marks, by a conservative measure, nearly two dozen tweets today alone by Keeling solely about how unimportant today’s speech was.

That doesn’t count the tweets he wrote before today preemptively saying how unimportant the speech was.

Nor does it count the nearly half of dozen Kasich campaign operatives who also tweeted about how unimportant today’s speech… before going down to the speech to pose as ordinary “private citizens” protesting the Governor so that they could get Kasich campaign talking points delivered through the Ohio media in a significant astroturfing campaign.

I’m not saying that Ted Strickland’s speech about John Kasich’s congressional record today was a big deal—John Kasich’s campaign has done that for me by spending so much time and effort in trying to keep the message of the Strickland campaign from seeing the light of day.

Despite several dozen of tweets today, the Carpetblogger did not defend one, not one of the proposals of John Kasich’s that Ted Strickland mentioned today.  You know the media asked the Kasich campaign for a response, and although they responded to the speech, they did not defend a single one of Kasich’s policy proposals or votes in Congress.  Instead, they called any mention of John Kasich’s record a vicious smear.

I’m amazed at how the Kasich campaign seems to get by being the first campaign in history to successfully argue to the media that any references to a candidate’s record other than its opponent is a “smear.”

As the Plain Dealer put it:

His spokesman Rob Nichols would not respond to specific questions about Kasich’s congressional voting record raised by Strickland.

When presented with Kasich’s congressional record, the only thing his campaign had to say was “no comment.”

And yet, at the same time, the entire Kasich campaign is nothing more than conflating the number of jobs Ohio lost as the result of the Lehman Brothers Great Recession with Strickland’s record.  Strickland spent a considerable amount of time today talking about his actual record.  Kasich’s campaign, again, had no response.

The Strickland campaign criticized Kasich’s income tax repeal.  The Kasich campaign had no response.  They didn’t even attempt to defend their signature issue, or even Strickland’s allegation that it would result in massive tax increases for the middle class, cause significant other pain the middle class, while mostly enriching John Kasich personally.

No defense of his congressional record or his tax plan.  None.  Not even a passing attempt.  Ted Strickland pointed out that John Kasich’s Congressional record was filled with wrongheaded  choices, and John Kasich basically said, “Yeah, so?”

Ted Strickland pointed out that it’s been over 500 days since Kasich said he’d explain how he’d pay for his tax plan when he was ready, and the Kasich campaign didn’t even deny it’s no closer in being ready.

This earlier Kasich campaign promise, now looks like its entirely impossible:

Instead all the Kasich campaign offered was:

Strickland’s attacks only draw more attention to his stubborn refusal to make the fixes we need to get Ohio moving again: reduce spending, reduce taxes, reduce red-tape.

Ohio has a Governor who has cut taxes, spending, and reduced red-tape.  His name is Ted Strickland.  John Kasich is promising to do that which Strickland has already done.

And yet, any time you mention that Kasich has no plan to do differently (when, in fact, he has no plan) or talk about his record in Congress making short-sighted cuts in spending that hurt the middle  and working classes, his campaign and supporters squeal like a pig.

Kasich’s entire campaign is an exercise in self-contradictions.  It openly says that Strickland won’t run on his record, but ignores that he frequently discusses it in speeches because they’re too busy shouting down any mention of Kasich’s own record.  They attack Strickland for not publicly laying out a plan to resolve an anticipated $8 billion deficit in the next budget when they have no plan themselves or the even larger deficit his tax plans would create.

Not since Robert Burch have I seen a more invisible major party campaign for Governor in Ohio.  It seems the only way to prove their existence is to summons the harpy-like response every time you mention, or reference, Kasich’s record or tax plan.

John Kasich’s campaign for President in 2000 was doomed, national pundits declared, because Kasich lacked gravitas.  Like John Kasich’s Congressional record from that time, nothing’s changed.