Redstate has a nifty little article about the double standard that exists in Ohio politics, and, indeed, pretty much everywhere else. Obama’s Cabinet nominees can be tax-dodgers, but when John Kasich is the antyicipated Gubernatorial nominee for 2010, everything’s fair game for the politics of destruction.
It’s almost funny, really:
You have to give credit to old media. While an Obama appointee who failed to pay his taxes, even after having been reimbursed for the money by his international employer, is dismissed as only a speedbump for an incoming Democratic administration – speculation that an otherwise successful Republican pol, media personality and businessperson may want to run for Governor of Ohio in 2010 is enough to start drawing misdirected fire his way.
Such fire is mostly misdirected because while Kasich did work for Lehman Brothers before its downfall, he didn’t work for an area of Lehman tied to their downfall. And based upon contemporaneous accounts, he pursued his post-political career without the usual DC to easy money tendencies of other pols. He did it with the same energy, discipline and work ethic that resulted in his being credited as “the architect” of a balanced Federal Budget and resulting surplus. Heavens, who would want one of those things these days?
Redstate also points out that the local paper seems to be quite content to run Democratic Press Releases as bona-fide news stories. Sad. And they wonder why readership is declining?