It’s not every day that a major newspaper penalizes a county candidate because he is a “good Democratic soldier close to the Ohio Democratic Party’s fiercely partisan leader, Chris Redfern.” Really? Yep. It’s one of the demerits the Plain Dealer hauled out to endorse Republican Jack Schron for Cuyahoga County executive against Armond Budish the ex-speaker and minority leader in the Ohio General Assembly.

Excuse me, but we always thought that party leaders were supposed to be, um, fiercely partisan. Besides, has the person who wrote this lore about partisanship seen any of Ohio Republican Chairman Matt Borges’s press releases? This is the fellow who was hand-picked by his ally, Gov. John Kasich, when Kevin DeWine was forced out to settle once and for all the issue that Kasich was the party boss, not the chairman. It was a beginning for the alleged Ohio Miracle.