If “pride goeth before a fall” what goes after a butt-whipping?
The kind of butt-whipping Ohio voters handed Governor John Kasich and his right-wing Republican supporters when they sent Senate Bill 5, the collective bargaining eliminating, union busting bill down in flames was an epic beat down. Dropped like they got hit by a Joe Frazier left hook, Ohio Republicans took a staggering loss going into the 2012 elections.
Unions under siege by Kasich, launched a $24 million counter-offensive to make the case the governor was waging war against working class men and women including police, firefighters and school teachers and by a margin of 61 to 39 percent they sent Kasich’s signature issue crashing and burning in a humiliating defeat.
The message for the overreaching governor was use his bully pulpit to put Ohioans back to work, not simply be a bully.
Kasich said he got the message.
“It’s clear the people have spoken,” the humiliated governor said from the Ohio Statehouse. “I heard their voices. I understand their decision. And frankly, I respect what the people have to say in an effort like this. And as a result of that, it requires me to take a deep breath and to spend some time to reflect on what happened here.”
Make no mistake about it, despite Senate Bill 5 being the brainchild of a Republican legislator, Kasich raised the monstrosity as he took the unusual step of visiting Statehouse hearings to fight for it. This was a bill Kasich wanted passed in the worst way and it was rejected by the people of Ohio in the most forceful way.
More people voted against Kasich’s bill in 2011 than voted for Kasich in 2010. That’s good news for President Obama who threw the support of his group, Organizing For America, behind the repeal of SB5. The result was a good sign for the president and labor groups going into 2012, but they should only take a day or so to congratulate themselves because as the governor learned to his sorrow, political fortunes can turn on a dime.
Ohio, as it has been said to the point of nausea, is one of the most important states in every election and often serves as the leading indicator for future elections and every liberal from Maine to California is giving the state a lot of love and props for taking on Kasich, Karl Rove, the Koch Brothers, the Tea Party and the rest of the vast Right-Wing Conspiracy and shoving it where the sun don’t shine.
Speaking for all of Ohio, I would like to say, “Thanks, but hold your thanks.”
In fact, don’t thank us. We owed all y’all one after we put Bush over the top in 2004. We’re still trying to make up for that one.
This is just a good start. Next year we can pay our debt in full if Ohio sends Obama back to Washington.
- Ohio Repeals Senate Bill 5! (asohiogoes.wordpress.com)
- In Ohio, Repeal Could Bolster Democrats in 2012 (onebluestocking.wordpress.com)
- Union rights win big in Ohio. (preaprez.wordpress.com)
- John Kasich’s Horrible, Bad, Not So Much Fun Week. (jeffwinbush.com)
- Ohio Referendum on Public Employee Unions Looks Bad for GOP (blogs.wsj.com)