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GOP woke sleeping giant

Published: Wed, November 9, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m.

By Bertram de Souza (Contact)

A funny thing happened to Republican Gov. John Kasich and his GOP allies on their way to a national tour de force: They were body- checked by the labor unions and their Democratic Party allies.

The rejection Tuesday by Ohio voters of State Issue 2/Senate Bill 5 is a political defeat for the Republicans of monumental consequence.

By preventing the collective-bargaining reform law from taking effect, Ohioans have delivered a stern message to the governor and the GOP-controlled General Assembly: The November 2010 general election, in which your party swept all the statewide offices, was not an invitation to go forth and be as politically venal as you desire.

The defeat of State Issue 2, a referendum on the law that would have stripped Ohio’s 300,000-plus public employees of many of the workplace rights they’ve enjoyed for almost three decades, also has national implications. Had Kasich and his allies succeeded at the ballot box, they would have become a major topic in national discussion of the 2012 presidential election. The candidates for the Republican nomination for president would have been making a beeline for Ohio to court the governor and the leadership in the House and Senate.

Now, however, the GOP must contemplate the fallout from Tuesday’s election.

Kasich and the Republicans have awoken a sleeping giant, and the national and state Democratic parties are sure to keep fueling the union anger triggered by the collective- bargaining reform law.

In the November 2010 general election, Republicans won not because they had a more compelling message than the Democrats but because many union members and Democratic Party faithful either stayed home or voted the GOP ticket.

Not a mandate

The fact that Kasich defeated Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland by about 97,000 votes of the 3.75 million cast makes it clear that the people of Ohio weren’t blown away by his candidacy

The election a year ago was more a referendum on President Barack Obama’s handling of the anemic economy than Strickland’s four-year tenure. Had voters bought Kasich’s contention that Ohio lost hundreds of thousands of jobs because of Strickland’s mismanagement, he would have won by a landslide.

The passage of Senate Bill 5 — as Republicans in the General Assembly rode roughshod over the Democrats and the unions — caused a public uprising the Democratic Party had craved since January. Thousands signed petitions to put SB 5 on the ballot.

Now, with the defeat of State Issue 2, the party in power is politically wounded, and the unions and their Democratic allies can be expected to close in for the kill — in 2012.


1author50(1121 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

After the defeat of State Issue Two, you can now spell Ohio - GREECE!

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2Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

The majority of the voters have decided to share more of their less and less . Let the good times and higher taxes roll . . . ..


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3Westsider(269 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Well it seems that the voters have spoken - leave collective bargaining as it is - and vote down every new tax issue because there is no more money coming from Columbus. That ought to thin the ranks of public employees pretty quickly - and unfortunately the best employees may be the ones looking for work. . .oh well. . .

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4Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Stan is here and he is got a gun , So look out you over paid workers . By the way Stan the man lives in his mom's basement free. and is on her welfare so I have been told . What say you !!!

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5Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Freeatlast the flipperlip is shootin from tha hip . . .. He aint got a clue as what to do and at your heels he will nip . . ..

Are ya savin those empty malt liquor bottles for recycling ? With your rate of consumption the lanfill will be running over and a glass shortage will be upon us . . ..

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6rocky14(830 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Next---say goodby to Gov. Ka sick in 3 years

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7chuck_carney(499 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Gov. Kasich and the legislature should use a piecemeal approach and pass legislation every election period and keep forcing the union to use the expensive ballot initiative. This will deplete the union funds. Union members will see their due increase, and less money will be available for the 2012 election. Hit them in their pocketbooks

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8Photoman(1246 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

And life in the valley goes on as usual. So little forward progress while we are deserving of so much more. During a recent trip through 17 states I noticed lots of new highway construction, new buildings going up and a generally positive attitude among the locals. Why is our valley not among those with the progress and attitude?

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9doubled(210 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

my work is done here --- jessie, stan unionforever, valleyred, etc, etc, etc,,,,maybe you guys should go out and work everyday instead of sitting around your houses crying about all the people in the world who have something that you don't....you all totally suck, and everybody knows it, and that's why you lost. Remember, I always say, NOBODY LIKES A CRYBABY.

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