I’ll admit it.  I’m skeptical that Ted Strickland will really run for Governor in a rematch come 2014.  Maybe because it’s just the novelty of it.  Maybe it’s because Ted had told so many people publicly last year that it would be his “last election.”

But the more I see of Ted (from afar), the more it starts to make sense.   After all, he only lost by some 70,000 in what will likely be the high water mark for GOP turnout advantage in Ohio for the foreseeable future.  November 2010, so far at least, appears to be the high water mark for Kasich’s popularity who now finds himself with a lower approval rating among REPUBLICANS than Ted Strickland had at this point in his term, Strickland left office with an approval rating 50% larger than Kasich had coming into office, and the latest PPP polls Strickland CRUSHING Kasich in a rematch at margins similar to how Strickland crushed Ken Blackwell in 2006.  From a strictly public opinion standpoint, Strickland would be the most likely Democrat to capitalize on the “buyers’ remorse” we’ve been seen in Ohio political pubic opinion polling since Kasich won the election.

ted%20strickland%20portrait.jpgYesterday was the official unveiling of the Strickland portrait that will hang in the Statehouse.  The topic of a potential rematch came up, according to the Columbus Dispatch:

But after the event, he told reporters he’s not "ruling out anything in the future" when questions arose about the possibility of challenging Gov. John Kasich in 2014.

"Like I’ve said on numerous occasions, life is good for me," Strickland said. "I worry about so many people who are finding it very, very difficult because of the economy. As I’ve said, life unfolds and I try not to predict the future."

Also, these events are typically treated non-partisan.  For example, despite beating up on his Administration during his campaign (it was essentially a centerpiece of the ‘06 Strickland gubernatorial campaign,) Governor Strickland sent his wife Frances to attend the official unveiling of Governor Bob Taft’s portrait while Strickland was traveling on State business. 

Governor Kasich, on the other hand, didn’t send anyone:

Kasich was invited to attend the event but declined, citing other scheduled meetings, spokesman Rob Nichols said.

Stay classy, Johnny. 

The real reason Kasich didn’t attend is because he didn’t want to be forced to have to say something nice about Strickland who Kasich is still seething over the attacks of the campaign.  Also, Kasich doesn’t want any stories that compare the two so long as Kasich continues to have sub-Strickland approval ratings, even among Republicans.  Kasich doesn’t want a press cycle in which he seems to seems unable to emerge from under Strickland’s shadow.

Could there be a Kasich-Strickland rematch in 2014?  I still don’t know, but I admit I’m really starting to believe so.  If Kasich ever manages to substantially bring public opinion in Ohio around, then probably not.  But with a likely SB 5 repeal this November, Kasich is really going to have to rehabilitate his image to avoid what could be dubbed the “do-over election.”

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  • ThatDeborahGirl

    It would be nice. And “minorities” all over Ohio need to get out and vote as if Strickland were Obama.

  • Adrienne

    Who is going to vote for Kasuck….oh yeah right, angry people who don’t look like me who believe the evil RW mafia lies about tax cuts being nirvana.

    More crap comes to Ohio because some of us want something for nothing. 

  • Adrienne

    Who is going to vote for Kasuck….oh yeah right, angry people who don’t look like me who believe the evil RW mafia lies about tax cuts being nirvana.

    More crap comes to Ohio because some of us want something for nothing. 

  • Adrienne

    This answer is too “ThatDeborahgirl”

    Many people (non-minorities men)  have a 100-220 year head start. Non-minority women have a 90 year advantage. Just to remind you what excluding people does for running a country see this country for the 400 years that my people have been here (this is the descendant of chattel talking here).

    Suggest you read about suffrage in Wikipedia, especially how excluding some people makes sure that others (the evil rich) continue to have most of the benefits of America. 

    We have to help people make the connection between voting and legislation. Our voting can make sure that we get the stuff that we want done. 

    Now of course the R’s don’t even represent the people who vote for them but that is a different problem. 

  • Adrienne

    This answer is too “ThatDeborahgirl”

    Many people (non-minorities men)  have a 100-220 year head start. Non-minority women have a 90 year advantage. Just to remind you what excluding people does for running a country see this country for the 400 years that my people have been here (this is the descendant of chattel talking here).

    Suggest you read about suffrage in Wikipedia, especially how excluding some people makes sure that others (the evil rich) continue to have most of the benefits of America. 

    We have to help people make the connection between voting and legislation. Our voting can make sure that we get the stuff that we want done. 

    Now of course the R’s don’t even represent the people who vote for them but that is a different problem. 

  • Anonymous

    “The real reason Kasich didn’t attend is because he didn’t want to be
    forced to have to say something nice about Strickland who Kasich is
    still seething over the attacks of the campaign.”

    Truth hurts. If people had only listened. I thought those ads, while “attack ads,” shone a necessary light on John Kasich, his shady insider dealing and use of political office for personal gain.

    What has happened since Ohioans ignored those ads and elected Kasich? Kasich has used his political office to pamper his rich friends and attack those against whom he has personal vendettas.

    A negative ad sometimes tells the truth. Strickland tried to warn us.

    This week a prominent and very conservative  Cincinnati radio talk-show host, Billy Cunningham (700 WLW) apologized to his listeners for supporting Kasich for governor. He apologized. If you know anything about Cunningham, you know he NEVER apologizes for anything.

    Perhaps Kasich’s one positive legacy in Ohio, after he destroys our economy, will be that the next governor and legislature amend our constitution to include recall language. For now, we are stuck with what all signs indicate will be not only a wasted 4 years for Ohio, but a dangerous 4 years for Ohio.

  • Anonymous

    Didn’t one of the newspapers say Taft attended the Strickland portrait unveiling? If so, that would make Kasich look really really REALLY pathetic and petty.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t blame “minorites.” They overwhelmingly didn’t vote for Kasich. Now, let’s talk about white men ….

  • Anonymous

    Yup, I was right.

    From the Toledo Blade:

    “The portrait is the third of Ms. Adams’ work to hang permanently in the
    Statehouse. In 2007, she painted Mr. Taft, who attended Tuesday’s
    unveiling.”

    Pathetic, petty, small-minded, petulant, and childish. That’s our Gov!

  • Rgtmwlly

    Strickland was invited to Kasich’s inaugural and chose not to attend, in spite of tradition. He has been a bitter, sour grapes loser ever since Kasich took office and he has ripped John Kasich at every turn, instead of supporting the new Governor or just shutting the fuck up. Besides, he left a complete mess for us to clean up by pretending the multi-billion deficit didn’t exist. Why should he be acknowledged by the new Governor? Why doesn’t he just go away?

    He did the nearly unthinkable and failed to get reelected as Governor of Ohio. And he lost to a guy who ran a C- campaign. I hope he runs again, because that will guarantee four more glorious years of straight-talkin’, job creatin’, budget balancin’ Johnny K.

  • Rgtmwlly

    Strickland was invited to Kasich’s inaugural and chose not to attend, in spite of tradition. He has been a bitter, sour grapes loser ever since Kasich took office and he has ripped John Kasich at every turn, instead of supporting the new Governor or just shutting the fuck up. Besides, he left a complete mess for us to clean up by pretending the multi-billion deficit didn’t exist. Why should he be acknowledged by the new Governor? Why doesn’t he just go away?

    He did the nearly unthinkable and failed to get reelected as Governor of Ohio. And he lost to a guy who ran a C- campaign. I hope he runs again, because that will guarantee four more glorious years of straight-talkin’, job creatin’, budget balancin’ Johnny K.

  • Anonymous

    LOL….

    It’s almost psychotic how you keep bringing up the same, tired, discredited talking points.  The Buckeye Institute, a conservative think tank, says between Strickland and Kasich, Strickland’s budgets were more fiscally conservative.

    I’m not going to address this nonsense anymore because you obviously are incapable of rational thought or learning.  Ted Strickland didn’t do anything about the deficit?  He cut GRF spending $2 BILLION in his last budget, and left Ohio with an economy that is beating expectations to the point he’s handing the Administration roughly a $1 BILLION SURPLUS!

    Yep, Ted Strickland was such a horrible Governor he left office with an approval rating higher than Kasich’s been able to muster in any polling so far (polling that shows Strickland crushing Kasich ala ’06 Blackwell in a ’14 rematch, btw.)

    It was not “unthinkable” that Strickland would have a hard time getting re-election.  The State had just gone through the worst recession since the Great Depression, unemployment spiked in double digits in January of that year, and the media was complacent in failing to report that a recovery in Ohio was genuinely taking place.

    That, coupled with GOP anger over health care reform, made it incredibly difficult for Strickland to win re-election.  His campaign didn’t do themselves any favors, though, go all out on the Wall Street attack without spending more time educating folks what Strickland had done in office and what he was planning to do if re-elected.

    But you are lying when you claim that Strickland didn’t believe something needed to be done when the stimulus money ran out.  That is an absurd and demonstratively false statement.

  • Anonymous

    I read today that Kasich is golfing with the president. He was up to his neck in the Wall Street destroying of the economy. He wants to destroy the Unions. So, naturally, he gets to tell Obama all about it on the links.

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