Jul
31
2014

Democrat in Ohio-GOV losing ground among people who… know who he is?

Wait, what?

I almost don’t want to write about this.

Ed FitzGerald, the Democrat running against Gov. John Kasich, is somehow less well known today than he was a few months ago.

Quinnipiac University Poll out Wednesday shows 65 percent of registered Ohio voters didn’t know enough about FitzGerald – who announced his campaign in April 2013 – to form an opinion. (The numbers are within the polls’ margins of error.)

That’s actually up from a similar poll in May, when 63 percent said they didn’t know enough about him.

I mean, I have professional pride.  And while I do certainly have tendencies towards cruelty I also have a bad habit of being a big softy when the chips are down.  How do you snark on that?  What can I say about whatshisname that is actually worse than the news that after three months of campaigning people remember him less?  

[time passes]

Seriously: I sat at the computer and thought about it for a while.  Then I went and took a shower.  Got a cup of coffee, straightened up the kids’ bedroom a little, discovered that the youngest somehow managed to make a half gallon of milk (unopened, thankfully) appear out of nowhere, did this and that… and I still got nothing, sorry.  Reality has defeated me.

Moe Lane (crosspost)

PS: People may want to get accustomed to the idea that Gov. John Kasich may very well be on any number of VP shortlists for 2016. Whether he becomes the VP nominee is currently a matter of some debate (or, in fact, derision): just because I think the Matter of Ohio looms over us apparently does not mean that it looms for everybody else.  Guess we’ll see…

 

7 Comments

  • Finrod says:

    It’s actually worse than you state– April 2013 was a year and three months ago, not just three months. He’s campaigned for 15 months and gone backward.

  • acat says:

    I would really like to think better of Kasich…
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    Ohio looms, that’s true, but .. the guy has not managed to learn from the successes of Walker, Jindal, and Pence.
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    I would really like to see a ticket made up of any of those three with a firebrand sidekick instead of a ticket made up of a squish and an adequate guy who happens to be from a critical State ..
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    Mew
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    p.s. Anyone else hear echoes of Bush 1.0 ?

  • phineasfahrquar says:

    Kasich has really put me off with his arrogant contempt toward the legislature with regard to Medicaid expansion. Or, to put it more simply, I don’t like his attitude. Somewhere inside him, I fear, is another do-gooder statist. Still, I could accept him as VP if that would mean swinging Ohio into our column.

    • acat says:

      That’s one of the problems I have with him, Phineas ..
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      If we’re gonna list ’em, I also dislike how Walker (throne of skulls!) splintered the firefighters, cops, and EMTs off from the rest of the government-union hive, then crushed the lot of ’em. Kasich had a *clear* model to use and .. didn’t.
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      Mew

      • Free-range Oyster says:

        It’s unclear: are you saying you disapprove of what Walker did, or that Kasich didn’t do that? *confused*

        • acat says:

          I very much approve of Walker.
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          Walker got mandatory union dues collection for government unions overturned.
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          Kasich tried and failed.
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          Jindal and Pence crushed the power of the teachers’ unions and set up lots of charter schools.
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          Kasich … didn’t.
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          Kasich had a model, several models actually, and failed to follow them.
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          As I said, Kasich reminds me of Bush 1.0 .. a bureaucrat, not a leader or “big idea” guy.
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          Mew

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