Back in May, Ohio Governor John Kasich made his first appearance with Mitt Romney. Instead of supporting Romney’s message about the economy going to hell in a hand basket under President Obama’s leadership, Kasich did his Kasich thing and went off on a tangent about how Ohio had so many unfilled job opportunities that employers just couldn’t hire people fast enough.
You could literally see Mitt Romney cringe as the words were coming out of Kasich’s mouth (see video below).
Things have only gotten worse for Romney since.
While Mitt continues to drop in the polls, Kasich continues to blather on about Ohio’s economic successes under his tenure as Governor which, unfortunately for Mr. Romney, happens to coincide with the time President Obama has been in office.
Yesterday, CNN reported what we’ve been saying for months: Kasich is hurting Romney in Ohio by promoting Ohio’s supposed successes instead of sticking to the message of economic doom and gloom favored by the Romney camp:
At a recent campaign event in conservative Owensville [Ohio], a fiery Kasich boasted that “Ohio is rocking!” — moments before turning the microphone over to Paul Ryan, who proceeded to issue dire warnings about Obama’s economic policies.
Ohio’s conservatives are finally starting to take notice as well. And they are none too happy with John Kasich.
The National Review interviewed Matt Mayer, a well-respected Ohio conservative, asking him: “Is the election over in Ohio?”
Mayer was unwilling to admit it’s a lost cause for Romney and Republicans – but he’s wasn’t shy about leveling blame on the people he thinks are responsible for current problems:
At the state level, the nasty and divisive internal Republican party fight over control of the Ohio Republican party between Governor John Kasich and Ohio Republican party executive director Kevin DeWine in the spring and summer squandered vital resources and delayed mobilization of election activities. Plus, as some GOP operatives have noted, Governor Kasich, with an eye on 2016, hasn’t put in much of an effort to help Romney and has promoted a message (“Ohio’s doing great!) that’s contrary to the Romney message and appears to be more beneficial to President Barack Obama.
Chris Littleton, another prominent Ohio Conservative, was no where near as nice.
Littleton blames the problems on the fact that “John Kasich and Mitt Romney aren’t on the same page”, continuing his piece by mounting a severe and relentless attack on Kasich’s policies, agenda and beliefs. “Kasich”, according to Littleton, “can’t support Romney’s message, because he doesn’t embrace Romney’s ideas” about taxes, “right to work” legislation and the current state of the economy.
Here’s the video of the first Kasich/Romney appearance back in May. Is anyone really surprised things haven’t been getting better since?