Hey, gang, remember how all during the Issue 2 Speaker Batchelder, Senate President Niehaus, and Senate Commerce, Insurance and Labor Chairman Kevin Bacon kept saying that even if Issue 2 failed, they’d still likely revisit the issue and at least try to pass portions of SB 5 in a piecemeal fashion?¬† Yeah, it’s amazing what a ’06 Ken Blackwell-like statewide butt-kicking can do to your legislative plans because both Batchelder and Niehaus have now publicly disavowed any intention of revisiting SB 5 at all.¬† They concede that some of their members may introduce legislation that incorporates provisions of SB 5, and they can’t stop that from happening, but they as the legislative leadership have no intention to revisit SB 5 next year.¬† They have gone out of their way to make sure that the media understand this and reports that they have no intention to revisit SB 5 any time in the foreseeable future.¬† (So, stop asking them, Kevin O’Brien.¬† Issue 2 was defeated by a broader mandate than any of them have ever gotten from the people of Ohio.)

Then comes the Tea Party crashing in and saying: “we want to give Ohioans the “freedom” from bearing the yolk of collective bargaining.¬† Let them bargain with their employers on their own” (because that’s historically worked out swimmingly for the worker.)

Deceptive language aside, the amendment is no less radical than the 1958 right-to-work constitutional amendment that was soundly defeated and nearly wiped out the Republican Party in Ohio that year.¬† The major difference is that this time, they’re targeting¬†a Presidential election for this vote.¬† However, with GOP legislative leaders publicly stating we don’t need this battle right now, the Tea Party groups are already back peddling and saying that they may not be able to get the signatures in time (by July) to get it on the 2012 ballot, but instead put it on the 2013 ballot instead (Issue 3 was originally intended to be on the 2010 ballot, but got bumped because the same group had a hard time getting the necessary signatures… and ultimately had to be baled out by a volunteer effort lead by the Ohio Republican Party.)

Before Tuesday’s historic vote on Issue 2, many in the media punditry in Ohio argued that Issue 2 would not have the same fate as the 1958 amendment because the workforce had fundamentally changed since 1958, with a substantial drop in union membership as a percentage of the overall workforce.¬† However, as today’s Cleveland Plain Dealer notes:

The proposed amendment is similar to the right-to-work legislation that Republicans brought to the Ohio ballot in 1958, which was defeated by a 63 percent-to-37 percent margin.

This proposed constitutional amendment is more radical and would affect the collective bargaining rights of substantially more Ohioans than Issue 2 did.¬† I am unconvinced that the Tea Party is going to be able to make a case that this amendment shouldn’t fail for many of the same reasons as Issue 2 and then some.¬† After all, Issue 2 was born, in part, on the political¬†calculation that public sector unions are more unpopular than private sector ones.¬† That was another reason the Republicans believed that they weren’t risking a 1958-sized loss in taking up SB 5.

They were wrong, and it’s not debateable.¬† Ohioans rejected Issue 2 at essentially the same margins as they rejected right-to-work in 1958.¬† And that’s even after Republicans, like Governor Kasich, went to extraordinary lengths to deny that SB 5 was, essentially, “right-to-work” legislation for the public sector.¬† However, let’s not forget that the first and second draft of SB 5 really was “right-to-work” legislation for state employees until public opposition grew so strong that the Senate Republicans watered it down in committee.

While it was John Kasich’s office that was the public office behind the insertion of the ban on “fair share” fee and other provisions designed to make it difficult for the unions’ to raise PAC money for political activities, it was the Koch Bros.-funding Ohio chapter of Americans for Prosperity that began the push for those very provisions.

We know that because we have the video of Americans for Prosperity (AFP) telling that in a video of a training session AFP put on¬†…¬†to get¬†the Tea Party to support SB 5.

And we know all these newly elected Governors didn’t just all randomly and independently woke up one day and said, “let’s go after the unions.”¬† Or did everyone forget Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s rather embarassing confessions when he was tricked into thinking he was talking with one of the Koch Brothers?

During this entire SB 5/Issue 2 fiasco, John Kasich was nothing more than just a willing puppet, not the mastermind behind it.¬† He was the public face put forth to try to sell what his billionaire puppet masters wanted.¬† You can’t ignore all the coincidences and the ties.¬† The Tea Party movement in Ohio is not an Ohio-driven movement, at least, not any more.¬† It gets its marching orders from Americans for Prosperity in Washington.¬† The snouts are in the trough, Governor Kasich, and you keep pushing top give them¬†more slop.

How else can you explain the bastardization of a movement that was borne, at least in part, out of public outrage of the bailout of Wall Street, but now is out there pushing the economic policies of the 1% like “Right-To-Work”?

Now you see, publicly, Kasich, Batchelder, and Niehaus all show the abject terror at the prospect of this amendment being on the ballot in 2012 after seeing what happened on Tuesday.¬† The puppets are starting to realize that their political careers may be acceptable collateral damage to their puppetmasters, and they’re losing their minds about it.

Because only in fairy tales can a puppet stand on its own after cutting its strings.  Pass the popcorn.

  • It sure puts them in an awkward position. Damned if they do, damned if they don’t campaign for/against it. Hopefully the media would have enough common decency to demand a for/against answer from each of them.¬†

  • demydo

    All efforts to bust unions were in vain.  Union busters lost and middle class won.  Get ready to fight a Right to Work Bill!

  • Jrmiller6020

    The Ohio GOP knows all too well such an amendment would be political suicide for the party and their presidential candidate.. ¬†Look for them to reign in the Tea Party crazies and end any such folly appearing on the 2012 ballot. ¬†I must admit, I am salivating at the prospect of BO and the Ohio Dems sweeping the election if the TP folks are stupid enough to place such an amendment on the Nov ’12 ballot…Jim, Columbus ¬†¬†

  • Anonymous

    The ‚Äúright to workers‚ÄĚ are always among us, like shadows in the night, trying to creep us out.¬† We have more important things to deal with, like Kasich‚Äôs Ohio busting budget (sell the prisons, sell the turnpike, sell Lake Erie, use the money to enrich big business).
    Their rhetoric is like the last defiant gasp of breath from a dying governor that just got run over by a:

    A. School Bus
    B. Fire Truck
    C.  Police Cruiser {multiple-choice answer}.
    Next up:¬† Pat Boone singing ‚ÄúLove Letters from the Koch Brothers‚ÄĚ.

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    Maybe¬† be run over by all 3 and Pat Boone can sing – ” so long been nice to know ya “;-)

    These people surely cant think doing more to public employees is gonna help them or their party.
    I am surprised some one at the GOP hasnt told them to be quiet… now.

  • Anonymous

    I think the fun is really going to begin when the teanderthals get their approved candidate nominated as the 2012 Republican presidential candidate.¬† Get the popcorn.¬† ūüėČ

  • Anonymous

    There are always other puppets. They can and will be replaced. “We” are onto them and the other minions of the Kochsters.

    They reminded us that they don’t work for us.

    Never forgive; never forget.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah,¬† I can’t imagine we’d be so lucky to have a personhood and right-to-work issue on our ballot next year.

  • Anonymous

    If I didn’t know this was a political crusade, I would suspect they are working undercover for Plouffe.

  • Adrienne

    Rock, hard place meet the GOPers. It couldn happen to a worse bunch.

  • Anonymous

    We haven’t ruled that out.

  • Green Iris

    the problem (for them) is the GOP been pushing the kool-aid so fast that I’m not sure they are going to be able to cut off the TP cold turkey. The lunatics have taken over the asylum and the doors are bolted. Can they put aside their hatred of President Obama enough to do what is best for the long term strategy? I bet no.

    As Tim used to say, they own their base.

  • Wparsons60

    Watch the pundits squeal that it isn’t 1958…..

    Watch the results……

    THANK YOU OHIO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • I say BRING IT ON Teabaggers!!
    We’ll take you out behind the State House woodshed and give you a good old fashioned political ass whoopin at the ballot box just like we gave Bus Driver Johnny….

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    been reading a lot¬†,,, since they started this ………….
    Read ….righttoworkfacts.com….if you will click at the top –a button that says More Information–its overflowing with a lot of data and where the data comes from. You will recognize some things happening¬† in Ohio that have already been done in other states.( like tax breaks to stay or to move for companies)Read: EPI Briefing Paper #299 ( Feb.2011)

  • Anonymous

    I have a Republican kid brother who, a year or so ago, was let go from his non-union job where he’d worked for over 15 years. He was replaced by a new employee at the starting wage. He remained out of work for close to a year until he found another job at slightly (a dollar or so) above minimum wage. Last week he voted Yes on Issue 2. Now I love my brother, but it shows there is nothing that will convince some people that their best interests do not lie with the GOP. My brother is in debt and lives paycheck to paycheck. His wife is a teacher. He remains a proud Republican. My older brother (who is even farther Right) lives on Social Security and has his medical issues attended to by the VA. He is completely Tea Party. Nothing could convince him otherwise. Some people are beyond help.

  • Anonymous

    I hear ya, I had so many arguments with the facebook Issue 2 supporters… you can give them concrete examples of concessions unions have made…not good enough.¬†

    I pointed out that when I go to work, and sit in roll call- 60% or more of the guys I work with are military veterans. ¬†Not good enough,we’re still union thugs.¬†

    I pointed out that my coworkers mirror the community, unlike their rallies- not good enough. 

    Americans For Prosperity is paid for by the Koch “we sell to Iran” Brothers- so what they say.

    It is so frustrating. The only good part? The same 15 or 20 people represented the pro-SB5 side, so maybe they were being paid to be there.

  • Anonymous

    What Kristina Roegner had to say was a real piece of crap, too.

  • Anonymous


    Never forgive; never forget. They will do worse next time. Oh, yeah right here we are with “right to work” for slave wages as an amendment.

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