It is the center of the political universe in presidential contests. And now the war over the nation’s new healthcare program has come to Ohio as well, with potential repercussions for the short- and long-term future of the state’s governor,
Kasich has been feuding with some of his fellow Republicans over whether to expand the
By Wednesday, the matter was in the courts, after a conservative legal group filed suit to block the expansion on behalf of six legislators and two anti-abortion groups.
“Our lawsuit stands for the simple proposition that neither this governor nor any other is a king," Maurice Thompson, executive director of the 1851 Center, which filed the lawsuit, said in a statement. "For government to be limited, the making of transformational public policy requires the assent of the Ohio General Assembly, and cannot be done through administrative overreach. This occasion requires Ohioans to draw a line in the sand and affirm that we'd rather not bring
Kasich, who could not be reached for comment, is not the only Republican governor to favor expanding the reach of Medicaid. Among others, Michigan Gov.
The Ohio governor’s latest move inflamed relations with the conservative group
"Republican majorities, in the end, said we don't think this is good for the folks in our state or for taxpayers," he said in an interview with the L.A. Times' Maeve Reston. " We think it's pretty outrageous that a governor would then go around the elected representatives of the people and go to an unelected board."
As far as the political calculus, it is the same for every Republican governor who has chosen to rile his party’s conservative wing in advance of the 2014 elections: Will any loss among those voters be offset by increased support among moderates or Democrats who otherwise would have gone with the challenger? Ohio conservatives will have an additional question: Is a vote for Kasich any more difficult because he ran with strong
Kasich comes into the race as a threatened incumbent, if one whose approval ratings of late have increased from their previous basement levels. Several polls have had him ahead of the presumed Democratic alternative, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald. But Kasich remains below the 50% threshold, a sign of weakness.
Kasich has undergone a few political iterations already. In the 1990s, he was that decade’s
He merrily roared across the countryside, bowling in Iowa, mushing sled dogs in New Hampshire, and hailing the car next to him on a Los Angeles freeway: "Turbo, baby, with a little Van Halen out of the speakers!"
But he was piloting a blow-up raft against the aircraft carrier commanded by