Lest we forget, here’s what our Governor ominously warned Ohioans would happen if Issue 2 passed:

“If we don’t win this, the setback is how does Ohio get labeled in the minds of companies around this country. Is it a slow heavy labor state? Which tends to scare decision makers, CEOs.  It’s just important we win this. I mean if we don’t win, it it’ll be a setback to economic growth.”– Gov. John Kasich to the Canton Repository editorial board on Sept. 9, 2011 (which would later endorse Issue 2.)

So, what did Governor Kasich spend most of yesterday doing?  Well, apparently he went on a statewide “I am wrong about the economy and politics” Tour.

Chrysler's Sergio Marchionne, right, details plans for the Toledo complex. With him Wednesday were Ken Lortz, UAW Region 2B director, left, and Gov. John Kasich.

First, the Governor attended the announcement of 1,100 new jobs coming to the Toledo area thanks to a major expansion by Chrysler, which should have been an awkward event given how John Kasich in 2010 went around the nation opposing the bailout of Chrysler and GM.  (Incidentally, the person sitting to the left of the Governor in that picture is Ken Lortz, UAW Region 2B director… awkward!)

State and local officials praised Chrysler’s commitment to the local plant, and Mr. Kasich, whose comments were followed by a smattering of “boos” from some workers, reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to provide just more than $12 million in incentives and tax credits to aid the automaker’s investment. “Manufacturing has to come back, and it is coming back to our state,” the governor said. He has taken criticism from some that he did not support the federal bailout in 2009 of Chrysler. Others contend the bailout saved the company and that without it, no such announcement would have been made this week.

Not only did Kasich oppose the bailout.  He bashed it on The O’Reilly Factor on Fox News and many people associate Kasich’s 2009 speech at a major Tea Party rally in Columbus at the Statehouse (which was privately organized by Kasich aides and supporters) as the unofficial kickoff of his gubernatorial campaign.  One of the major themes of the 2009 Columbus Tea Party rally?  Opposition to the auto bailout.

Then Kasich traveled to Lorain to join Republic Steel in announcing the construction of a new electric arc oven that will result in 449 jobs by 2013.  This particular economic development package, as The Chronicle-Telegram noted, had been in the works for two years (in other words, the Strickland Administration played a significant role in designing the state package.)

And while Kasich was more than happy to be photographed with Republic Steel’s CEO, he probably was less than pleased by this admission by its CEO:

Nonetheless, 55 percent of the steel produced by Republic is for the auto industry, Vigil said. He said the auto industry’s rebound and plant expansion wouldn’t have been possible without the Obama adminstration’s 2009 auto bailout that Kasich had opposed at the time.

Kasich stopped short of praising that bailout Wednesday.

“I am thrilled that we have an auto industry that is strong again in America,” he said. “Support the bailout? That’s yesterday.”

What Kasich also hopes is relegated to yesterday?  His repeated assertions that Ohio could only grow jobs if it raced to the bottom.  Keep in mind, both of these jobs are for union shops, growing the ranks of the Steelworkers and UAW.

We’ve talked before about how John Kasich is the worst economist ever, constantly making bold predictions about policy and economics that almost never come close to panning out as Kasich predicted.  For example, Kasich said in 1993 that if Clinton’s first budget actually reduced the deficit and prevented the country from falling back into a recession, he’d become a Democrat.  And yet, that’s exactly what the Clinton budget did.  Reduced the deficit and lead to one of the largest, longest peacetime economic booms in American history.

And did Kasich switch parties?

Fox News Kasich chryon error

Crap. He did? When? Can we give him back?

Being John Kasich means never admitting you were wrong.

  • Rescueinc1

    On FAUX is stand for DICK (D)! So we are still good…..

  • Anonymous

    Just heard from my old union, OCSEA/AFSCME, that the State of Ohio, in an unprecedented move, agreed to extend the current contract for the next three years, minus the furlough days and personal leave and step increase freezes. My union chapter president, who is in Columbus for contract negotiations, called me and said that the State negotiators said that they wanted “labor peace”. Talk about damage control. The GOP in Columbus and elsewhere in Ohio must be (rightfully) quaking in their boots in fear of 2012, which this 180 in attitude is all about. Don’t let up on them. Never forget SB5. NEVER.

  • Anonymous

    My, my!  What were those wild and crazy Italian automakers thinking to invest in the future of Ohio manufacturing?  Can it be that they see something that the Pirates can’t?  All this growth in a state that is not “Right to Work”!  What’s a pirate to think?
    As for Kasich taking credit for all of this I can only say: “It’s a pretty story, Johnny, but it is just too extraordinary to be believable”.  It lacks credibility and is highly questionable that Kasich had any hand in this!  My opinion is that Kasich still doesn’t get it and will continue to try to force his unpopular muck through the legislature for as long as he is in office.  The cat hasn’t changed his stripes, and he never will.  Don’t turn your back to him.

  • Natasha

    Hah Hah Hah – Governor Kasich looks painfully uncomfortable perched on a stool next to a union man on a union assembly line. 

    Perhaps it’s the lingering aftereffects of having his (political) balls traumatically amputated without benefit of anesthesia by 61% of the voters (more in total than voted for him). 

    He’s a political eunuch with no agenda and he can’t get it done in Ohio even with the GOP Political-Viagra pumped into him and his doomed agenda by outside of Ohio special interests.

    Little Johnny’s  got ED Electoral Dysfunction

  • Anonymous

    Props for using the word “eunuch” with regard to Prince John. As we know his manhood is tied to being a rotten R.

  • Anonymous

    He looks uncomfortable because he will be eating “CROW” this Thanksgiving.

  • Anonymous

    My first reaction to the photo of Kasich next to the union leader was his (very uncomfortable) body language.  Can JK sit any further away?  Like, don’t let me near those union cooties!  BTW, love your analogies!

  • How is that short bus looking Johnny? Ready to get on yet?

  • Anonymous

    He also seems to have embraced the Strickland reforms to workers compensation that he attacked as insufficient on the campaign trail. He also has had a change of heart about VLTs after people affiliated with his campaign sued to stop it under the last Governor. On the other hand, one Strickland policy he didn’t leave in place was the exotic animals ban, and look what that got him.

  • Dmoore2222

    There’s really nothing left for this egomaniac. He’s a porhia to his own party so he won’t get any warm and fuzzies from them. He shouldn’t expect any phone calls to be returned at least until after next November, if at all.   And with school vouchers and privatizing of the Ohio Turnpike on deck, he’s got to be thinking about the beating that lies ahead. 

    These Neanderthals just don’t get it. They still operate under the old assumption that if they can control news print and local TV, then the stupid things they say and do won’t get out or will be forgotten. If there’s anything they can learn at all from Issue 2 is that socail media was a huge communication and organization tool that made the old media totally obsolete. And it’s not just the young who participated. I just turned 65 and have lost all faith and trust in print media and TV. Now there’s a “tool” for ya Johnny.

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