February’s job numbers were very good nationally and extremely good in Ohio.
So it’s no surprise that in March, John Kasich ran around the country telling anyone who would listen that Ohio’s job growth the previous month was the direct result of his policies. He actually went on MSNBC to declare that he had personally created “an atmosphere for job growth” in our state and, as a result, Ohio had the highest job growth of any state.
Yay John Kasich! Yay OhiO!
By the time the March numbers came out, Ohio ranked dead last. But Kasich kept talking about February.
When April’s numbers came out, and they weren’t much better, Kasich started looking for someone else to blame, and he began hinting that it was now President Obama’s fault.
And when today’s national job numbers came out for May showing weaker than expected growth, Kasich decided to send out this tweet, completely ignoring the fact that he’d assumed responsibility for Ohio’s economic growth a few months earlier, and doubling-down on his blame-Obama strategy:
So when job numbers are good, it’s the direct result of John Kasich’s awesome job-creating policies? But when the numbers slip it’s suddenly President Obama’s fault?
Give me a fucking break.
We don’t know yet how last month’s numbers will break down by state. Those numbers won’t be released for a few weeks. But the national numbers don’t bode well for Ohio.
I can’t tell you for sure how Ohio did last month, but I can tell you this with certainty: if Ohio did well, Kasich will take credit and if we did poorly, he’ll blame someone else.
Good leaders take responsibility when things go bad. Bad leaders try to pass the blame. John Kasich has proven time and again that he is most definitely the latter.