Either that, or he’s dumber than Jan Brewer.

Brewer, the far-right governor of Arizona, is vetoing everything that the legislature sends her until they expand Medicaid.

Expanding Medicaid is good policy and good politics. It gives health insurance to working families, saves the state money,reduces net public spending, and brings billions of dollars into the state.

Governors who don’t expand Medicaid will have a hard time getting reelected as the entire health care sector supports their opponent and uninsured voters are a lock to vote against them. (Think that’s a tough GOTV? “Vote FitzGerald and you get free health insurance that saves the state money.”)

The veto threat, on the other hand, is a work of political beauty. Arizona Republicans have a veto-proof 2/3 majority in the House and Senate. Brewer’s veto will slow these measures by a week or two.

Ohio Republicans also have a veto-proof majority in both chambers. The really devious play would be to rush through right-to-work, abortion-ban-a-palooza, voter suppression, and environmental deregulation. They’d be vetoed, overridden, become law, and then Kasich could campaign against them.

I’m not even concern trolling like I was last time. That would be a great move, even though it’d take some huge arm-twisting*.

If Kasich were smart and wanted to expand Medicaid, he would make the veto threat. Since he isn’t, he’s either not smart or he doesn’t want to expand Medicaid.

The only remaining question is if anybody at the Enquirer, Dispatch, or Plain Dealer is paying enough attention to call him out on it.


* For the record, I don’t think they have 60 votes in the House for all of this.

  • SlapFat

    Regarding this veto-proof majority…. is there any feasible possibility of that changing in the next 7 years? Here’s the endless cycle:

    GOP controls state government.

    GOP engages in gerrymandering for further control of state government.

    GOP controls state government.

    GOP engages in gerrymandering for further control of state government.

    Rinse. Wash. Repeat.

    I know Issue 2 crashed and burned last year because it had a lousy campaign behind it and more-so because Husted tampered with the ballot language to make it a Tolstoy novel.

    So with that…. how is anything supposed to change as long as the Republicans are pulling all the Ohio levers and no one will talk from any side about redistricting reform?

    Or do I oversimplify?

  • John Tarter

    There are a few ways their hold can be broken, so far as I figure. The most likely option is that the Democrats just put some real muscle behind a ballot proposal. Secretary of State is a state-wide office, and as such it is more than possible for a Democrat to win it. Though even if they don’t occupy that office, I think gerrymandering is SUCH a disreputable and dirty practice, that if the Democrats shine a good enough light on it, put up a good proposal and promote the damn thing, it could win.

    Another is that Scalia gets a heart attack and a more liberal Supreme Court takes on the issue of gerrymandering at a national level.

    Another is that the Democrats manage to take back the House in DC, and they pass reform from there. That would be difficult though and could probably only happen in 2016.

  • I don’t think John Kasich is that dense. He’s just crazy… LIKE A FOX.

  • SlapFat

    I appreciate your responses. They’re immensely helpful and give me some options to ponder.

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