Readers of the Beacon Journal and Plain Dealer this week were treated to two oddly generated huzzahs from Gov. Kasich’s cheering section. Odd? The one in the Beacon Journal arrived as a letter to the editor from Michael Gonidakis, the president of Ohio Right to Life. Without ever mentioning abortion, he praised Kasich for promoting walkers for the elderly to extend life. The headline told us the big guy was advancing a “culture of life”. (As well as, culturally, fewer broken bones from falls, we’d guess)
The Plain Dealer meanwhile served up a long analysis by its political writer, Henry Gomez, that asserted scandal-seaching Democrats should give up their folly of seeking gold in the JobsOhio controversy. More about that later.
Back to Gonidakis, a lawyer who once worked in Jim Petro’s office, glowed about the walker/lifespan deal. (read:anti-abortion)
It is a leaping talking point that is certain to be contained in the floods of embellished political memorabilia that Ohio Right to Life will be sending to its members when Kasich is deeply into his reelection campaign.
This gets a little complicated, I know, but here’s how Gonidakis pursued Kasich’s approach to a life culture as “fundamentally wholistic”. He wrote:
“Like any true pro-life leader, Kasich sees to it that those who live in Ohio are able to thrive long after birth. With his fall-prevention initiative for long life, he is cementing a dedication to the whole person.” You can see where that is going even though some of Kasich’s constituents might experience a longer life if he reversed himself and supported gun control.
Meanwhile, the PD’s Gomez is hoping to convince us that the governor’s controversial JobsOhio program is hardly worth the commotion the Democrats are trying to heat up. According to Gomez, the true criterion for the opaque public/private development plan is whether it is “criminally scandalous”. That’s introducing a new Judgment Day into politics even as the guv’s friends at the Republican Governors Association have already designated Kasich’s opponent, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, as a crook. The RGA executive director, Phil Cox, accused the Dems of being “stuck with FitzGerald’s brand of pay-to-play and corruption politics.” Maybe as a Cuyahoga County pol, culturally so, Henry?
But because Gomez believes there’s nothing corrupt about Jobs/Ohio, what’s the point of raising hell about it?
By the Gomez Rule, this could be the first time an election must only be decided by whether one side or the other is wallowing in criminality. The Democrats, it says here, “have no scandal to hang on Kasich.”
Problem solved by the Gomez Rule. Alas, the 2014 re-election campaign is history.