Four years ago, Ohio had a Governor with a 64% approval rating (and that was among Republicans, meaning that at this point in their respective term, Republicans pretty much approved of Ted Strickland’s performance as they do of Kasich’s.)  In fact, if you look at the recent PPP poll, Strickland’s performance with Republicans is actually better than Kasich’s approval rating within his own party is.

Gov. Strickland is absolutely correct that Sherrod Brown and Obama have benefitted politically from the extreme Kasich agenda as well as their support for the auto industry (which is while President Obama will be in Toledo on Friday to highlight the recovery of the auto industry.)  In fact PPP, a Democratic polling outfit, released a poll today that largely confirmed the results of the recent Quinnipiac poll: Blackwell is crushing Josh Mandel and any other GOP potential candidate, but Brown has beyond the margins leads against them all as Republicans are neither excited about the GOP field or the idea of voting Brown out yet.  Again, I’ll say it: if Blackwell announces first, Mandel doesn’t run.

Governor Strickland also is the first Democrat I know to say publicly what I’ve been hearing privately, but increasingly lately among Democrats: there is going optimism that the Democrats could retake the Ohio House of Representatives next fall, no matter how the Republicans draw the districts.

The fact that folks like Jimmy Stewart and Karen Gillmor in the Senate are already heading for the exits just encourages that belief.