If Kasich’s irony were snowflakes… well, just look outside.

The Associated Press is reporting that Governor-elect Kasich announced at a GOP function celebrating the career of retiring U.S. Senator/former Governor George Voinovich that Kasich intends to have the new I-90 bridge in Cleveland named after Voinovich.

“The new, $450 million bridge in Cleveland replaces the Inner Belt Bridge. The project received $85 million from the federal economic stimulus package.”

It’s ironic that they’d name the bridge after Voinovich since his legacy was largely one of fiscal conservatism and rallying against pork barrel spending.  Also, there’s the little fact that Voinovich voted against the stimulus bill.  Kasich also opposed the stimulus, but apparently has no qualms about using it to honor his fellow Republicans.  Hypocrisy be damned.

Maybe it is a fitting monument, but not just to Voinovich, but entire Ohio Republican Party.  A monument of Republicanism opposing things out their ideology only to turn around and try to associate themselves with it later as if they deserved credit for it.

It’d be like renaming Medicare after Ronald Reagan. 

(I think I might regret putting that idea out there.  Then again, if they did that, they’d never cut it.)

  • Raoll04

    RE Naming Rights: Since a big chunk of Ohio’s 3c rail money went to New York, we need to ask Andrew Cuomo or NY Congresswoman Louise Slaughter
    (http://www.louise.house.gov/ ) if they would name one of their new trains with an Ohio themed name: I was thinking “The Buckeye Express” would be nice, or if they aren’t willing to name a whole train, maybe they could name a baggage car or some other insignificant piece of rolling stock the “Governor J0hn Kasich”

  • Anonymous

    Why not just the Kasich Express?

  • mvirenicus

    oh fuck john kasich and george voinovich! whose phone lines do i light up to put a stop to this abomination!? i’ll be damned if that bridge will be named after voinobitch! did i mention kasich can go fork himself?

  • Anonymous

    We’ve missed you. Glad to see you back and in raring form again in the comments.

    I think it has to pass the Ohio General Assembly to happen. Will probably be tucked into the budget bill.

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  • Fotogirlcb2002

    Oh please put him on the Kasick Express — send him as far as the train goes
    what makes him think that Voinivich wants this anyway —
    why not name it The Circus Train to Nowhere–wait thats to many words for him

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    Wonder if the new speaker of the house ( Mr Boehner ) is listening to any of this –maybe thats what makes him cry– his state is in deep doodoo

  • Green Iris

    like McCains ‘Straight Talk Express’?

  • Anonymous

    Well, let’s not let Voinovich off the hook too quickly as some sort of crusader against pork barrel spending. ODOT prioritized the I-90 bridge project, in part, thanks to an $85 million earmark that Voinovich got inserted into SAFETEA-LU.

  • vel

    Voinovich was crying too? What’s with these guys?

  • Miracleinrichfield

    unbelievable the idea to name the inner belt after voinovich. if they were going to give the inner belt an honorary title, i think the bob feller memorial expressway would make more sense. in the inner belt goes right by the jake and i cant think of one person in cleveland that did not highly respect bob feller. With his unfortunate passing, it just makes so much more sense.

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