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John Kasich and The Buckeye State Turnaround

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Day 2 of the Convention and Day 3 from radio row opens with Ohio Governor John Kasich and then Brad Dayspring of the Young Guns Action Fund. Later in the program the rising star Tom Cotton joins me, and other surprises along the way. Radio row is controlled chaos, but much fun and the shows fly by. (You can contribute to Cotton’s campaign via this link.)
Kasich is one of the stars of the convention, giving a great address yesterday and then, with Sean Hannity, delivering the message of pocketbook issues with a flourish and a wallet slam on the table. I saw Sean in the cigar tent (yes, a smoke filled room) a little later and told him it was a great interview, one that all the anchors should watch and learn from. After a disastrous four years under Democrat Ted Strickland Kasich is turning Ohio around just in time for Romney/Ryan to pick up the state, and his message of how it is done –no magic bullets, but commerce-encouraging laws combined with smart regulation in the public interest– is key to the success of the GOP from the top of the ticket down in the fall. (See the latest on Ohio’s employment rebound here.)

Politico’s Jonathan Martin says Romney is a “placeholder,” which is a lot like saying in August of 1980 that Ronald Reagan was going to be a placeholder. Sheesh. Sometmes it is better to just write the obvious story –Ann Romney was spectacular and Chris Christie set the stage for the entire campaign– than to reach for story line that leads you into absurdity.
Here’s the deal: If Romney doesn’t win, the country’s finances will look like Greece and Spain in a couple of years. This isn’t a “placeholder” election, but one that pits “Leading from Behind” v. “A Second American Century.”


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