From the daily archives: Wednesday, October 13, 2010

National Review’s Mytheos Holt attempts to “fact check” Strickland’s new ad attacking Kasich’s JobsOhio plan.

It would have been better if they hadn’t bothered.

Holt (who writes regularly about this site and its coverage of the campaign) claims that Kasich’s statements are taken out of context.  The only problem is that in the two months Kasich made those statements, he’s never made such a claim despite being asked repeatedly about these very issues.

I. On bonuses

Holt’s first point is that the ad neglects to mention that the bonuses will only be paid based on performance… Except that […]

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John Kasich is his own worst enemy.  His JobsOhio plan is a recipe for cronyism and scandal.  There is precious little evidence that it would actually do a better job in creating jobs in Ohio.

I would have rather they had used the examples of the corruption in Florida, Michigan and elsewhere to attack this plan rather than tie it back into the Wall $treet attack line.   A little variety in their angle of attacks wouldn’t kill them.

Then again, they’re ads so far has taken a race that had Kasich showing double-digit aggregate leads to within the margins […]

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According to the latest Rasmussen poll released this morning, John Kasich now only leads by a statistically insignificant 48% to 45% three weeks from the end of voting according to its likely voter model.

As a result Rasmussen has moved the race on its scorecard from “Leaning Republican” to “Tossup.”  Two weeks ago, Rasmussen showed the race as 50% to 42%.

There is reason to believe that the poll is not just statistical noise, either.

Two weeks ago, Rasmussen claimed that Kasich had a lead with independents by thirty points.  Today?

“The Republican hopeful has a five-point […]

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