The growing media reports of the Tea Party’s resistance movement against Gov. Kasich is prompting the GOP high command to hunt for new ways to wiggle him through the 2014 election without an awful backlash from his former backyard on the right. One thought that is attracting more than casual interest is for the GOP to secede from its frayed old banner and form a third party with an appealing new name.
Conceding that the move could have a depressing effect on the party’s traditional Lincoln Day dinners, one advocate of a split said sustaining the governor’s “Ohio miracle” was far more important than a party’s name. “Not one person in a thousand knows what GOP stands for these days anyway,” he said.