Gov. Kasich, who has his mind and career set on being a Republican original, headed into the GOP heartland of Western Ohio again this week to sign a resolution calling for a federal balanced budget. It was in Lima, marking the spot of Kasich’s  “makeshift capital” for his earlier state-of-the-state speech.

He was joined by a platoon of his party’s leaders in the Ohio General Assembly.  According to the event’s chroniclers,  the sub-historic document (unless it was a first for Lima) will be sent to President Obama  and Congress.  In so doing,  he proved me wrong.  I had expected him to do it at the Ohio State-Michigan  game hovering over Ann Arbor in the Goodyear blimp.

I should remind the Guv,  however, that the balancing act,  like cutting food stamps to impress the penny savers,  is nothing new as a means to  flatter one’s public image. The idea has been around since Henry VIII and has limped through a series of administrations in Washington  (including Reagan and the Bushes) without gaining an inch.

So where’s the originality, the prescience , the nobility, of these charades to upgrade one’s standing on the ballot?  Wanna bet this empty gesture will be DOA again?

(Reposted from Grumpy Abe)