Gov. Kasich hit the trifecta in Sunday’s Plain Dealer with three upbeat pieces on the opinion pages to get you through those tense moments leading to his State of the State Address in Lima.

The headline “Kasich is thinking big and long term” appeared above Brent Larkin’s paean in which he lauded the governor for turning the state around from a half-century of slogging in reverse.

Just beneath that column was a piece by Tom Suddes that bore the headline, “A Kasich budget Dems could love?” That one suggested he might be able to satisfy wavering Democrats in the legislature.

But the piece de resistance was served up by a couple of conservative economists from academe, Richard Vedder (emeritus, Ohio University) and Tony Caporale (University of Dayton ) who seemed downright Biblically-inspired in their praise of the Guv in an op-ed piece headed, “Kasich tax plan is fair, promotes growth.”

The writers concluded: “We rejoice (!) in the boldness of the governor’s tax plan and hope the General Assembly adopts it.”

Vedder has been in Kasich’s camp for some time and is a frequent contributor to op-ed pages as convenient evidence that newspapers aren’t as liberal as you think. I suspect he’ll be back again and again. For Kasich’s untested initiatives, you could fairly ask at what point will the Obama administration get a line or two from Ohio’s editors in the Kasich mix for a national economy that has been turned around from the dreadful Bush legacy.

There are still nearly two years until the next election, guys, so might you be peaking too soon for the governor?

Oh, forgot to mention: The PD’s aforementioned page on Sunday also carried some thoughts from another admirer, the Cincinnati Enquirer. It told us “Kasich’s priority is graduation”.

We would have mentioned that earlier, but we sort of liked the trifecta imagery because it comes from gambling. Besides, I don’t know what a foursome would be called.

Evangelize!
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  • http://twitter.com/XyberSecurity Jason Cowling

    He might be peaking… but who is going to beat him? The coalition of Also-Rans?

  • dmoore2222

    I really don’t know what all the cheering is about. Aside from a fairly normal Ohio economic recovery, spurred by the national trend, Kasich hasn’t really achieved anything except squirreling away tax revenues in the Rainy Day Fund while local governments and school districts starve. If his reelection campaign is as unsettled as his his budget, JobsOhio, school funding, prison privatization, and the Turnpike plan, then he’s in BIG trouble. He’s going to have serious problems resolving all of these issues and the conflict and bad press that’s going to come from this will be killer.

  • dmoore2222

    He is still a very unpopular governor and his new budget with the expanded sales tax isn’t going to help. Ohio’s economy is still not in full recovery so he could be vulnerable on that. Just who emerges from the Dem ranks remains to be seen. There’s hope.

  • Retired Mercer

    No rising star Democrats out there with name recognition that comes to mind.

  • anastasiap

    Why we call it the Plainly Republican, and many of us are NOT wringing our hands at its imminent semi-demise. It’s very very hard to mourn for a paper that is overloaded with right-wing columnists allowed to get away with shaky underpinning for their arguments and that does not support the interests of 90% of the people in its metro area.

  • anastasiap

    None of our candidates are “also rans.” Every name mentioned would be a powerful challenge to Kasich and a difficult race for him. Whining that nearly two years out, none are household names is pointless. A solid 18 months of campaigning will take care of that.

  • duckmonkeyman

    Vedder can be lumped in with Laffer and Voodoo Economics. The trickle on approach and tax cuts for the Rich so we can genuflect and touch their garments has been tried and failed. Shame academia is so political and so biased. But too many rubes think if you have some letters after your name you must be channeling God. The true job creators are our teachers. Vedder and Kasich seek to destroy them and our schools on the mythical alter of their version of “free markets”.

  • duckmonkeyman

    Don’t need a rising star. Even a dimly lit bulb would outshine Kasich and these far-right, simple minded, anti-education duds we’ve got ruling Ohio now.

  • John W.

    The media just eats out of his hands, even though there is so much that is bad for the working class.

  • Paul

    I posted a comment to Larkins column that refuted his glowing appraisal of Kasich and when I checked the comments section a short while later my comment had been removed, even though I did not use offensive language. The comments are as manipulated as the editorial opinions.

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