In today’s Cleveland Plain Dealer, Ohio GOP Chairman Kevin DeWine states he knows the key for his party to win in Ohio next year… it’s hoping that the entire State gets collective amensia on one of Governor Kasich’s signature legislative achievements this year:

The GOP leader said he doubts anyone will be talking about Senate Bill 5 come November 2012.

“What we do know is that for 90 percent of the people, the economy is the number one issue and in November 2012 no one is going to be talking about Senate Bill 5,” DeWine said. “And Barack Obama owns the economy.

“So as long as people are talking about $4 gas and they are nervous about their job and house it is going to be a tough environment for Barack Obama,” he said.

Nothing shows a vote of confidence in the GOP’s ability to save SB 5 from a repeal by referendum this fall like having the Ohio GOP Chairman say he believes his party can do well next year, “so long as” nobody is still talking about Senate Bill 5.  In other words, Republicans will be fine next year, the Ohio GOP Chairman says, so long as Ohioans don’t think about the Ohio GOP’s record come election.

This has to be one of the worst rallying cries I’ve seen.  Instead of “Remember the Alamo,” DeWine gives us “Don’t Remember What We’ve Done… just look at what you’re paying for gas!”  Just what political consultant came up with “Forget SB 5″= ’12 Ohio GOP Victory, and then thought: “We have a winner!”  And how many Ohio Republicans are really banking on this?

The only thing worse is if he could somehow set up Josh Mandel to look totally foolish.

DeWine also said Brown has a poor track record in Washington that Republicans can’t wait to put to the test. He said Mandel, who has not yet officially announced that he will challenge Brown, can speak for himself. (emphasis added.)

Mandel didn’t return a call for comment.

Nevermind.

  • Progessive Willy

    “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” 
    — Maya Angelou
    Chairman DeWine…we won’t forget how your party’s actions made us feel.  You can take that to the ballot box.  

  • Guest

    He obviously doesn’t realize how many of us have posters on our refrigerators at home and in our lunch rooms at work with ALL of the SB5 supporters’ mug shots on them – just so we WILL remember very exactly come 2012!

  • Annekarina

    Say what?   Oh..hhh!!!   Ya don’t say! ? !

  • Annekarina

    People’s best efforts and livelihoods were threatened with this.  We will NOT forget.  You do not forget what pays the bills and put the food on your table.

  • Ann V.

    What a fool. Senate Bill 5 has been an enormous motivator and has gotten people who normally don’t pay  much  attention active in the process. They’re paying attention now, DeWine and they aren’t likely to forget.

  • Walbridge Rocks

    This is a drowning man clutching at razor blades.

  • dlw

    Is he allowed to say that? Economy is the #1 issue and SB5 is necessary to turn the economy around, right? Necessary reform, right? Will survive the referendum, right? Once we all know what the bill really does, we’ll all support it, right? Ergo, it’ll be a great rallying cry! They’re going to fix the economy with this so it’ll sweep them all back into office in 2012!

    What a bizarre thing for him to say. Ah well, maybe he was drunk when he said it. Is there a dash cam video?!

  • dlw

    Is he allowed to say that? Economy is the #1 issue and SB5 is necessary to turn the economy around, right? Necessary reform, right? Will survive the referendum, right? Once we all know what the bill really does, we’ll all support it, right? Ergo, it’ll be a great rallying cry! They’re going to fix the economy with this so it’ll sweep them all back into office in 2012!

    What a bizarre thing for him to say. Ah well, maybe he was drunk when he said it. Is there a dash cam video?!

  • Where does he get the thinking that people have accepted the fact that Obama “owns” the economy? The economy was trashed before Obama took over. Nobody should forget that. 

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