Kasich and the Republicans picked this fight, not organized labor.  The Republicans declared that the Democrats couldn’t stop it.  They could pass whatever they wanted.  That is what happened.  Anyone who suggests that the Republicans wanted this to be bipartisan all along is lying.  It wasn’t bipartisan when they pulled Seitz off the committee to pass the bill out.  Or when they twisted all the arms of LaRose and others to get the bill passed.  Then, they let the House Republicans lurch the bill further to the right.  And because Kasich imposed a timeline for passage, they let the House changes stand rather than force the bill into a conference committee.

Then they ridiculed a referendum process as being nothing but union special interests funded.  But then the poll numbers hit.  The Ohio Republican establishment from Kasich on down decided to play a political game of high stakes poker because they looked at their numbers in the General Assembly and concluded that they were sitting on a full house.   Unfortunately, they didn’t realize this was a draw game, and once Kasich signed SB 5, We Are Ohio turned a junk hand into a royal flush.

Kasich Poker Face

Now, I’m no expert in poker, or it’s various versions of the game.  However, I’m totally unaware of any version of any card card game wherein a party can fold and then force their opponent to split the pot.  But that’s what the SB 5 supporters are trying to criticize “We Are Ohio” for not agreeing to this rule.

John Kasich went all in with his entire governorship in on SB 5.  Now, realizing the folly of betting the farm, he wants to renege pull the deed from the pot.  Or someone else is trying to save him from his bet.  Regardless, let’s be perfectly clear what’s occurred here.  Kasich bet the farm and now wants to walk it back.   The only reason Building a Better Ohio would try to avoid having Kasich’s bet called is because they know they can’t win and are about to lose it all.

  • Anonymous

    The Columbus Disgrace pivots from yellow journalism to revisionist history.
    And they do a piss-poor job at both.

  • Well lets see You have to know when to hold them, know when to fold them and know when to walk away. Johnny boy you need to run not walk.(and I mean clear out of the state, because we are going to be like the hounds on your tail.)

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    Comes Nov 8th we will see who has the full house.
    But they cheat –have cards hidden all over.
    Look at the lengths they have gone to to keep people from voting
    and wasnt it odd after all the changes in voting regulations the post offices closed a lot of offices,making it still longer for mail in votes to get delivered on time and counted 
    That in itself should have made the deadlines a few days longer not shorter— but then they dont want people to vote– especially if you are voting against them.
    Gonna be a lot of stacked decks with plenty of jokers ! 

  • Anonymous

    I believe that a tremendous amount of Americans for Prosperity money will flow into Ohio before the Nov. election.  We must not allow ourselves to think that the repeal of SB 5 is a slam dunk.  Keep talking to people – tell the truth about this bill.

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