It’s should come as no surprise to anyone that the Plain Dealer Editorial Board endorsed John Kasich. But anyone who actually reads the content of the endorsement piece is really going be left wondering who the paper’s staff really thinks we should vote for.

In short form, the endorsement goes something like this:

We know we SHOULD endorse Ted Strickland who has shown himself to be a “dutiful caretaker” for the state during this horrible recession. Ted is “decent and honorable” and “promises a steady … course through the rough seas ahead.”

BUT… we’re going to go ahead and endorse John Kasich instead because he might shake things up.

Which isn’t exactly a ringing fucking endorsement if you ask me.

While they criticize Strickland for often mistaking “talk for action”, the only positive thing they can say about Kasich is his ability to talk about doing things differently while just as often criticizing him for completely talking out of his ass half the time, but in a motivational kind of way which somehow makes it good.

It’s like they want me to believe this election is somehow similar to the plot of a random A-Team episode and Kasich’s plan is just crazy enough that it might work.

Sure, if the state was being held hostage by a gang of bikers who were threatening to blow up Cleveland I might consider Kasich’s crazy plans our last option. But we’re working our way out a horrible national recession, and if you offer me “a dutiful caretaker steeped in public policy minutiae” and “a steady course through the rough seas ahead” vs a “wild card” with “sometimes questionable ideas” who is “capable of talking himself right off a cliff” I think the choice is pretty easy.

Obviously I’ve already made up my mind about who I’m voting for, but if I was a voter on the fence and I read the following “endorsement” of John Kasich, I don’t think I’d be running to the polls in a rush to kick out the incumbent:

“But here’s what’s scary about Kasich: With his Red Bull style, it is sometimes hard to tell what’s core belief, what’s hot air and whether even he knows the difference. When Kasich praises Ohio’s innovative Third Frontier effort, he still says things that suggest he doesn’t understand or care how it works. Or listen to him talk about phasing out Ohio’s income tax, reducing the state’s commitment to public schools or even making university professors work harder. Does he understand that being a Fox News provocateur is not the same as being the leader of a diverse, complex state?

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  • Anastasjoy

    Absolutely the most embarrassing and wrong-headed endorsement ever run by the Plainly Republican. In fact, it almost reaches Hall of Fame standards, right up there with the Denver paper which, in 2004, praised John Kerry, said Bush had done everything wrong in his first term and was too stubborn to admit he was wrong about anything. BUT if Bush WOULD admit he was wrong and do everything differently in his second term, he might be a good president so they endorsed Bush.

    OK, maybe the Plainly Republican’s Kasich endorsement doesn’t reach quite THAT standard – but it’s close.

  • Shalom Joseph,

    Silly blogger, what makes you think anyone actually reads beyond “Plain Dealer endorses John Kasich?”



  • Anonamouse

    Kasich is no MacGyver, but more like McGruber.

  • Anonymous

    It’s not often a paper endorses a candidate for Governor while ADMITTING that he’ll reduce the State’s commitment to public schools. Yet, it’s not surprising from an editorial board that seemed determined to never give Strickland a chance. The PD editorial board has been Strickand’s biggest critics for some of the most mundane reasons. This is just par for the course.

    They criticize Strickland saying he doesn’t care about the needs of urban areas (never mind that home rule means that those cities are responsible, not the State), but ignore that Kasich hasn’t said one word about urban issues.

    I just question whether these endorsements really mean anything anymore.

    When the papers were the only way people got political news maybe. But in the Internet/24 cable news environment.

    The PD endorsed DiMora and Russo routinely. They’re great judges of character!

  • Anastasjoy

    Don’t forget, Modern, that Strickland has already said that urban issues will be Yvette McGee Brown’s portfolio and I sense that she can kick some major ass.

    And yes, this is the paper that routinely endorsed Dimora, Russo AND Sheriff Gerald McFaul — the same Gerald McFaul they’ve virtually broken their arm patting themselves on the back for bringing down — yet what was going on in his office was well-known for years and the PD didn’t utter a word. For that matter, they never bothered to investigate Dimora or Russo – they waited until the feds did their work for them.

  • Notprovided

    HOME RULE? WHAT HOME RULE? IT DOESN’T EXIST ANYMORE AND HASN’T EXISTED IN PRACTICALITY SINCE 2005 AT THE LATEST! If you want to read the actual law on Home Rule, read Lanzinger’s dissent in Lima v. State. Of course, the law doesn’t matter anymore, because Republicans took police union money to skirt around it so they can get even more in their next elections. Pfeiffer never has an opponent, but he has the largest proportion of police union campaign donations of anyone on the bench. Take a wild guess who wrote the majority opinion in Lima, which completely contradicted the rationale behind his dissent in Ohioans for (Arming Everyone to the Teeth) Concealed Carry v. Clyde.

    The criticism of Strickland’s ingoring cities seems to me nothing but evidence that Sharon Broussard voted to endorse Kasich. If that’s the case, I challenge that dumbass to tell me which Republican governor not named James Rhodes has done anything for any city in this state, other than take our tax dollars and spend on them on Columbus suburbs, When she draws a blank there, I’d ask her which candidate for governor has lived most of his adult life in one Columbus suburb, and now lives in another.

    The criticism of Strickland regarding cities is quite fair. Taking ODOT money earmarked for the busiest piece of roadway in Ohio (the Innerbelt Bridge in Cleveland) and diverting it to complete the Rt. 33 Bypass around Nelsonville settles 15 year old political debts with a few people in the cities of Athens and Marietta, but does nothing for the areas where people live and from where the largest portion of our state tax revenue comes.

    However, the rationale that we should vote for John Kasich because he’s bastshit insane and Ted Strickland is a rational person doesn’t strike me as, well, rational. The PeeDee fritted away any respect it still had when nearly every editorial board member not named impish Kevin O’Brien voted to endorse John Kerry in 2004 and the publisher wouldn’t let them, so they issued no endorsement. The rag has become a pathetic middle ground between tabloid and newspaper since Susan Goldberg took over in 2007, and it gets worse by the day. They have Henry Gomez, Mark Puente, Robert Smith, and about nine combined brain cells beyond that. Then they have Kevin O’Brien, Laura Johnston, and several others duking it out for dumbest piece of shit in newsprint.

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