In the 2010 Ohio Governor’s race John Kasich ran one of those spooky-music political ads that claimed a vote for Ted Strickland guaranteed Barack Obama would carry Ohio in 2012. Viewers were told to “Make Sure This Doesn’t Happen” by voting for John Kasich.

As we now sadly know, enough people did vote to elect Kasich that year.  Fortunately, he failed to follow through on his “second Obama term” promise.  As a matter of fact, many people are now claiming Kasich actually CAUSED the Obama win in Ohio.   And they do have a point.

We were reporting as far back as September that conservatives were already blaming Kasich for hurting Romney’s campaign.

But the actual problems started even earlier than that.  Kasich’s signature anti-union legislation – Senate Bill 5 – severely damaged the Republican brand in Ohio.  And the backlash it caused not only turned many lifelong Republicans to Democrats overnight, but it gave Democrats a head start on organizing long before the Republican primary candidates had even started fighting over which one was the most extreme conservative.

While Organizing for America and the Obama campaign were organizing their ground game  and raising money in Ohio, Kasich waged a nasty and very public civil war for control of the Ohio GOP under the guise of getting a top-notch political team in place to beat Obama and not, as most saw it, just a way for Kasich’s political consultant friends to corner the market and profit off of Ohio’s battleground status in a presidential election.

And while Kasich halfheartedly tried to toe the Romney line by downplaying the importance of Ohio’s auto industry and claiming Ohio’s economy would be doing better without all the “wind” in his face from the Obama administration, ultimately he just couldn’t stop talking about himself and all of “his” successes – you know, the ones that started under Obama/Strickland a year before he took office.



A few weeks back, Kasich predicted a big win for Romney in Ohio based on some obviously-flawed internal polling he’d seen.   On election night, as the returns starting coming in, Esquire reports a much-less confident Kasich was hiding in his suite at the Columbus Renaissance while downstairs at the “Victory” party “there were not enough drink tickets in all the world to take away the growing sense of doom.”

So what has Kasich’s 2010 election resulted in?  The Tea Party movement has been fractured into irrelevance after SB 5. Kasich waged a civil war for control over the Ohio Republican Party that conservatives were told was necessary to stop Obama.  Sherrod Brown and Obama were re-elected by significant margins.

And Democrats are still fired up and ready to go…

  • darla_der

    oh gosh, let’s hope we can vote him out in 2014.

  • JamesIam

    Let us hope. But is there a viable opponent? Strickland would face a “going backward” narrative that could stick. I can’t think of any other names.

  • dmoore2222

    Short of saying anybody-but-Kasisch will do it, he won’t need much more time to implode especially if he’s stupid enough to push the Turnpike deal. Even repbulicans across northern Ohio are itching for this fight. And his job numbers are enemic minus the auto bailout numbers. I can’t think of one outstanding announcement about “new” jobs that’s come out of his pie hole. Barring a really significant breakthrough, he’ll never be able to seperate himself from the Obama lead resurrection of the auto industry. It absolutely killed Romney. He’s managed to alienate lots of police and fireman who traditionally vote republican, women can’t stand him, and don’t rule out a challenge from within his own part for the nomination. By the way, talk of him as a presidential candidate must be music to democrats nationally. It shows republicans haven’t learned a thing. Hillary Clinton would scewer him and expose him for the small-minded creature he is.

    I would like to see Mike Coleman or Tim Hagan step up.

  • JEAN

    we will the same way ohio won for obama …honest votes not suppression or rigging voting machines.

  • Big Buckeye

    Tim Ryan would probably give Kasich a good run for his money.

  • mrgavel

    It is not easy to beat an incumbent Governor. It took a lot to beat Strickland and Kasich had a lot going for him regarding the economy. Having said that, though, the secret to beating this little twerp is to get a turnout similar to 2012 and not like the one in 2010. That means getting a candidate who can fire up the base and get people enthused about the campaign. I would think a candidate like Fitzgerald, Ryan, or even a lesser known name like Betty Sutton would be such a candidate.

  • dmoore2222

    Agreed. It would be a mistake for Strickland to run again even though he set the table for Kasich. I just doesn’t work.

  • Spitfiremk1

    Where can I get a dozen of those “Kasich … YOU’RE NEXT” signs!

  • dmoore2222

    Well said. It depends on how stubborn he’ll be about this Turnpike thing. If he goes to the mat over it, he’ll further divide his party most of whom don’t want this fight. If that happens, he could get challenged for the nomination especially if Ohio voters get any more angered than they already are over this stiff. Repulicans don’t widely accept Johnny Bioy as their party leader and could want to avoid a Romney kind of phenominon where he actually dragged the party down. This is gonna get real interesting. The dems are gonna have to do their homework and field a strong candidate.

  • JLM452

    Apparently Tim Ryan is looking at it. Let’s hope he goes for it.

  • JLM452

    Maybe Coleman, but Hagan lost to Taft. Taft! At this point in time, I’d go for Tim Ryan.

  • dmoore2222

    I could like Ryan.

  • Retrofuturistic

    LOVE the “Kasich: You’re Next” sign…. Can’t wait.

  • Retrofuturistic

    Ditto. I want one REALLY BAD.

  • Retrofuturistic

    Or at least a bumper sticker….

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